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D.C. Council Postpones COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Schoolchildren

The kids of Washington, D.C. need you to take immediate action! On Tuesday, Nov. 1, D.C. Council members will vote on whether or not to extend the compliance deadline for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students until the 2023-2024 school year.

The kids of Washington, D.C. need you to take action! On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the D.C. Council voted to postpone the compliance deadline for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students until the 2023-2024 school year.

However, the fight isn’t over until they completely abandon COVID-19 vaccine mandates for schools. COVID-19 shots are not only unnecessary for children, but are dangerous and can cause serious injuries and death. It is time to end this mandate once and for all and give parents the ability to decide whether or not to give these shots to their children without coercion.

The Council passed legislation in October 2021 that required COVID-19 vaccinations for all students age 12 and older within 70 days of the shots receiving full authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to remain in school.

In an effort to avoid a mass exodus from the public school system due to poor COVID-19 vaccine uptake, D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn sent a letter in August notifying public school leaders that the enforcement deadline for students ages 12 – 17 had been pushed back to Jan. 3, 2023.

Children are already suffering academically as a result of lockdowns and other COVID-19 measures. This mandate stands to force parents and children to choose between taking a dangerous product that they have avoided thus far or go further into a downward academic spiral.

Demand D.C. Council Stop School COVID Vaccine Mandate

D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson introduced the COVID-19 vaccine mandate bill last year. In a curious turn of events, she was the one who proposed this legislation to delay the mandate until the 2023 – 2024 school year and has further stated that she supports revisiting the requirement to determine whether a mandate should exist at all based on evolving science. Following the vote, chairman of the D.C. Council, Phil Mendelson also alluded to the possibility of repealing the mandate altogether.

“This looked like something that would be picked up across the country,” he said, referring to when the council approved the mandate in late 2021. “We seemed to be in step and following the science. A year later, and where is the science? The CDC website does not say a mandate is what they recommend. The pandemic is evolving into more of an endemic.”

Let’s build on this momentum. Thanks to your outreach, the majority of D.C. Council members voted the right way — this time. Continue to contact the D.C. Council members and urge them to end the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for D.C. kids. Let’s flood their inboxes and voicemail boxes with the truth about these horrendous shots! It’s time they admit just how unfounded and dangerous COVID-19 vaccine mandates are.

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