By a 5-2 vote, the Lassen County Board of Education passed a resolution asking state officials to not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff.
Trustees John Bertotti, Twyla Braninburg, Wanda Bushong, Rob Erickson and Patricia Hagata voted aye and Bruce Davie and Dan Owens voted no.
According to the resolution, the “Lassen County Office of Education support(s) local control and decision-making.”The office has “operated in-person learning safely since reopening in August 2020 with limited vaccine availability for children and no vaccine mandate,” and “Lassen County parents and community members have expressed concern regarding the lack of parental and personal choice, along with the lack of research on the long-term impacts on children for the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The board resolved, “That the Lassen County Board of Education asks that the state of California legislature uphold the constitutionally-guaranteed right to provide informed consent before proceeding with any medical procedure of residents of the state of California for themselves and their children, as well as to allow for parents, students and staff to have choice in the matter recommending and not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff of TK-12 grade local education agencies.”
The board further resolved “That the Lassen County Board of Education will petition the state of California that the COVID-19 vaccine be a recommendation and not a requirement for students and staff.”
According to a release from the board, “This resolution will be shared with the offices of California Assembly member (Megan) Dahle, California State Senator (Brian) Dahle, Governor (Gavin) Newsom, the Lassen County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health.”
According to the release, in October Newsom announced California would be the first state in the nation to require all students be vaccinated, that the California Department of Public Health would require vaccination for in-person school attendance, that adults would be held to the same standard as students and the verify-or-test requirement would be converted to a vaccine mandate.