California Pushes First U.S. Vaccine Mandate for School-Age Children

California recently imposed America’s first Covid-19 vaccine mandate for school-age children. Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the move, which could spur other states to impose similar mandates.

Current state law requires that all students enrolled in private and public schools have ten immunizations with some allowable exemptions for medical reasons.

With the coronavirus vaccine, personal and religious exemptions can be granted. Students who do not have an exemption or refuse to get the vaccine will have to do independent study at home.

The mandate eventually will affect more than 6.7 million public and private school students. California also requires masks for children in school.

The federal government has already approved Covid-19 vaccines for anyone 16 and older, with emergency authorization for children ages 12 to 15. It is expected that the vaccine will be fully endorsed for that age group within a few months.

Newsom’s announcement comes on the heels of a marked drop in Covid-19 infections. The statewide positivity rate recently fell to 2.8%, with the number of daily cases hovering at 6,355, approximately half the peak surge number reached in mid-August.

Hospitalizations have fallen by 40%.

In the nation’s largest county, Los Angeles County, which has more than 10 million residents, the daily infection rate has dropped to just 1.7% of people tested. Despite most students returning to in-person learning, the daily infection rates have fallen by half in the last month.

“These numbers are amazingly low given that 3,000-plus schools are now open countywide,” said Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Ferrer noted that even though school outbreaks had increased slightly in recent weeks, she believes most spikes are related to youth sports activities.


California has one of the highest vaccine rates in the country. Seventy percent of the population ages 12 and over are fully vaccinated, with 84% having at least one jab. Despite high vaccination rates, the state has a vocal minority who remain skeptical of the vaccine and opposed to the mandate.

In September, more than a thousand people gathered at the state capitol in Sacramento to protest the unconstitutionality of Newsom’s mandate.

“We have to do more. We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” Newsom said during a news conference staged at a San Francisco middle school.

However, many parents boisterously disagree with the governor’s mandate.

Fabio Zamora, father of an eighth-grader, explained, “I just think it’s a parent’s decision, you know. Period. The government, in no shape or form, should be having mandates like that. I don’t care for that. I’m a veteran. I served this country, and I fought for those rights.”

Many states have resisted imposing pandemic rules and requirements, including Kentucky, which recently overturned a statewide mask mandate. Some school districts in California, including the two largest in San Diego and Los Angeles, already have imposed their own vaccine mandates.

Newsom remains one of the nation’s most aggressive and restrictive governors, issuing the first statewide stay-at-home order in March 2020, which was quickly followed by 41 other states.

Recently, the Democrat governor issued a requirement that stated that California’s 2.2 million state employees and healthcare workers must be vaccinated or lose their jobs.

Critics argue that Newsom has not been consistent with his vaccination mandates. He recently opposed a vaccine requirement for corrections officers that a federal judge imposed.

Politics ahead of science

Critics also have jumped on Newsom’s constantly changing decisions and directives and use them as an example of the governor putting politics ahead of science. They note that Newsom received donations to his campaign to defeat the recent recall election from the correctional officer labor union.

Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley pointed out the inconsistencies tweeting, “California kids made the mistake of not giving millions to his campaigns.”

Kiley was one of the crowded field of 46 candidates who ran to replace the governor in the failed recall effort. Newsom touted his recall triumph, saying he interpreted his defeat of the recall effort as an endorsement of his vaccine policies and job performance during the pandemic.

California’s largest teacher unions back the vaccine mandate, along with the California Association of School Boards.

“This is not a new idea. We already require vaccines against several known deadly diseases before students can enroll in schools. The Newsom administration is simply extending existing public health protections to cover this new disease, which has caused so much pain and suffering across our state, our nation, and the entire globe over the last 18 months,” said Dr. Peter N. Bretah, president of the California Medical Association.

The mandate also applies to staff and teachers in K-12 private and public schools. Newsom already has required that school employees must either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. However, once the student mandate is in full effect, the testing option will no longer be available.

China Takes Aim at the United States Over Taiwan

China is once again flexing its muscles globally and staring down the United States as well. Military officials in the communist nation have declared to their U.S. counterparts that the

McCarthy Says He Will Form Select Committee on China If Elected Speaker

Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said recently he would form a select committee on China if he is elected speaker of the House, accusing President

Arizona County Board Delays Certifying Election Results, Cite Uncertified Counting Machines

The board overseeing a county in a county in Southeastern Arizona recently delayed certifying the results of last week’s vote after being contacted by individuals who claimed that counting machines

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Oversees ‘Woke’ Training for Our Military

If you love America’s military and are proud of our history in keeping the world safe for Democracy, you are going to have a real problem with what follows. Defense

Sen. Josh Hawley Has His Mic Drop Moment with FBI Director

It hasn’t been a good week for FBI Director Christopher Wray and his whole organization. He gave testimony for the House, and Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) asked him a question

Massive Migrant Group Hits the Texas Border as the End of Title 42 Looms

An enormous group of illegal immigrants in the hundreds have arrived at one portion of the southern border over the weekend. Border Patrol agents face crossings totaling tens of thousands

Judge Allows Deposition of FBI Agent Against Biden Censorship

It’s hard to argue that the White House has been working to create censorship across the nation. But the Biden Administration and the FBI just took a hard hit by

FBI Director Wray: Seventy Percent of FBI’s Abortion-Related Violence Cases Have Anti-Abortion Victims Since Dobbs

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Christopher Wray, recently testified that around 70% of the bureau’s abortion-related threat or violence cases after the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Declares an Invasion at the Southern Border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) declared an "invasion" at the chaotic southern border on Tuesday. He indicated that he would be taking "unprecedented measures ... to keep our state &

Iranian Parliament Votes for the Death Sentence Against 15,000 Protestors to Teach ‘Hard Lesson’

There have been multiple reports in the media about protests in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was killed after being beaten while in custody following her

GOP Takes Control of the House of Representatives

Democrats will no longer control Congress. Republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press.  The AP is predicting Mike Garcia will win re-election in

Former President Donald Trump Announces 2024 Re-Election Bid for President

Former Republican President Donald Trump announced that he will again run for the GOP nomination for president in the 2024 election. Trump would like to return to the White House

Supreme Court Case on State Legislatures Could Open Litigation Floodgates

The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case next month that could dramatically reshape how federal elections are conducted.  The case to be argued on December 7, Moore v.

Voters in Montana Reject Ballot Measure Requiring Medical Care for ‘Infants Who Are Born Alive’

In the recent midterm elections, Montana voters rejected the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which would have required medical professionals to give lifesaving medical care to newborns who were born prematurely

NYC Would Rather Shell Out $600 Million for Illegals Instead of Saying “No”

New York City residents already pay some of the highest taxes in the country. On top of federal and state taxes, many also pay county and city taxes on their

Dems Aim to Raise Debt Ceiling Before GOP Controls House

Congressional Democratic leaders vowed to quickly tackle the nation’s debt ceiling in the next few weeks, saying the party’s victory in the midterms has given them leverage, even while the

Trump Fires Warning Shots to DeSantis Amid Talk of 2024 Presidential Run

Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce a campaign for a 2024 White House bid. And he is laying some groundwork that has created a buzz around Florida Governor

McCarthy’s Quest for Speaker Position Collides with GOP Failures

With the expectation of a red wave quickly vanishing, Republicans faced the reality that any claim to power would mean leadership would preside of a narrowly divided Congress. The party’s

Pelosi Moves Quickly from Personal Suffering to Political Blaming

It was just a matter of time, and now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has demonized the right for the recent hammer attack on her husband, Paul.  She appeared on CNN’s

Activists for Abortion Rights Score Major Midterm Victories Across the U.S. 

Voters across the U.S. delivered several decisive victories for the right to abortion in the first election since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June by the Supreme Court.

“Definitely Not a Republican Wave, That’s for Darn Sure” — Bemoans Lindsey Graham After Lackluster GOP Performance”

Top Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, admitted that the much-touted 'red wave' had not quite materialized as a Democrat in Nevada won a seat in the Senate

“Very Big Announcement”: Trump Says He Will Make a ‘Big Announcement’ on November 15

Former President Donald Trump is teasing a major announcement on November 15, which could signal a decision on a possible presidential run in 2024.  "Two years ago, we were a

New York Times Thinks It Has a ‘Gotcha’ on DeSantis, But It’s Just the Opposite

The left-driven New York Times published a wildly critical article over the weekend about Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. The title of the article was “Pranks, Parties, and Politics: Ron

New York Governor Kathy Hochul Brushes off Crime Concerns, Mocks ‘Hyperventilating’ Lee Zeldin

Kathy Hochul, New York Governor, claimed challenger Lee Zeldin was “hyperventilating” over the issue of rising crime — only two hours after two subway riders were stabbed. One of the

Musk’s Responses to AOC’s Fit Are Worth Far More than $8 a Month

What a great show Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has been, the best part of it all is how the Democrat liberals keep throwing hissy fits in response to his