OUSD Adopts COVID Vaccine Mandate, with Details to Come

a kid's arm with small bandaids to cover where they got a shot
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The OUSD School Board passed a resolution requiring that students ages 12 and up receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, to be fully vaccinated would be two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group.

Here is what the resolution says:

“The Resolution would requires all students, aged 12 and over, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless prohibited by law. The Resolution would further direct the Superintendent to develop recommendations for enforcement of this vaccination requirement, and to report on such recommendations to the Board no later than October.

The Resolution would also direct the Superintendent to initiate a COVID-19 vaccination campaign and would encourage the Superintendent to establish vaccination thresholds and incentives for each school and incentives to meet such thresholds.”

The resolution is sponsored by Board Members Benjamin “Sam” Davis, Clifford Thompson, and Gary Yee. Board Member Shanthi Gonzalez abstained, while Board Member Mike Hutchinson and student director Natalie Gallegos-Chavez voted no.

There are currently no specifics on a timeline for implementing the mandate. Some exemptions (such as medical) will be allowed.

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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