Parents across California plan to keep their kids home today in response to Governor Newsom’s recent announcement mandating COVID-19 vaccination for kids in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Event Organizers argue they are fighting for the freedom to make medical choices for their children and "don't want to co-parent with the government." Earlier this month, Newsom announced students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following full FDA approval of the vaccine for their age. Based on current information from the FDA, the requirement is expected to apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022.
The organization Moms on the Ground has organized the “sit-out” as a peaceful protest against the mandate, MOTG cofounder and Orange County resident Parisa Fishback said. “It makes no logical sense for me to vaccinate my child for a virus that he is at very low risk of suffering severe injury or death from with a vaccine that’s not necessarily preventing anyone from getting COVID or transmitting it, as we’re seeing the breakthrough cases rise in number,” Fishback said.