Some parents in California are expected to withhold their children from school on Monday as a protest against the state’s vaccine mandate for students in seventh grade and above.
Once the mandate takes effect, students who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to attend classes in person and must instead undertake independent study.
“Based on current information, the requirement is expected to apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022,” read a release on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s website.
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.
Parents also plan to gather for rallies at school district offices, parks and other visible locations to drum up support for their cause.
“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.
Instead of mandated vaccinations, MOTG members want the decisions left up to parents.
“To me, the most important right that I have not only as an American or as a Californian but as a human, is those that pertain to my ability to protect my children,” Fishback said. “If I’m going to be stripped of that right, well then I have to take a stand because what’s next? What are they going to take next?”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone 12 and over to be vaccinated against COVID-19.