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Vaccinated or not, California wants teachers and students back in classrooms – KCRA Sacramento

California is in a push to get teachers and students back into the classroom whether teachers are vaccinated or not. KCRA 3 Investigates found despite the urgency from both state and federal officials, many educators are choosing not to get vaccinated. We reached out to school districts in Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties, receiving a mixed bag of responses from the districts that replied to our inquiries.The fact that educators are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine is concerning for some health care experts.”Unless there are some conditions prohibiting them from being vaccinated, we strongly recommend all the teachers get the vaccine,” Dr. Xiaodong Feng, dean and professor at California Northstate University, told KCRA 3’s Brittany Johnson.VIEW BELOW | Where some school districts stand with vaccinating their staffBecause it is still early on in the vaccination process, we still have not received data from some of the biggest school districts in our area, including, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento city schools. It’s also important to note, some districts we reached out to said they hadn’t started the vaccination process yet but have been working with community agencies to do so, and some educators are only now becoming available to receive the vaccine.But complete data is something we may never know because the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which means school districts can encourage vaccinations but they can’t mandate them. Because of that, some districts we spoke to aren’t keeping track of who gets the shot and who doesn’t.”It is America and you have to respect everyone’s choice,” said Fitzgerald Delacruz, a teacher with the Elk Grove Unified School District. “It does make me think about their positioning and why they wouldn’t take the vaccine, but I’m still hopeful that with the promise of the science and the effects of the vaccine that they’ll come around sooner than later.”School districts also confirmed that teachers choosing not to get a vaccine will continue to work in their normally assigned jobs and interacting with students just as they did before the pandemic, but with proper personal protective equipment. All of this was underscored by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. He reiterated that vaccinations are not a prerequisite to safely reopen California schools.”That’s not my opinion. That’s the opinion of the CDC, Dr. Fauci, the opinion of educators and experts around the globe, including the opinion of President Joe Biden,” Newsom said at a press conference. “That said, we are mindful of the imperative importance of building on the success of 35 counties who are already administering vaccinations.”When asked what is his message to other parents, Delacruz responded with this. “To all my parents out there in the community, do what’s best for your family,” he replied. “Your children are your children until they become the adults you wish them to be, so choose well. If you choose to come back on campus, we’ll be here to serve you well.”

California is in a push to get teachers and students back into the classroom whether teachers are vaccinated or not.

KCRA 3 Investigates found despite the urgency from both state and federal officials, many educators are choosing not to get vaccinated. We reached out to school districts in Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties, receiving a mixed bag of responses from the districts that replied to our inquiries.

The fact that educators are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine is concerning for some health care experts.

“Unless there are some conditions prohibiting them from being vaccinated, we strongly recommend all the teachers get the vaccine,” Dr. Xiaodong Feng, dean and professor at California Northstate University, told KCRA 3’s Brittany Johnson.

VIEW BELOW | Where some school districts stand with vaccinating their staff

Because it is still early on in the vaccination process, we still have not received data from some of the biggest school districts in our area, including, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento city schools. It’s also important to note, some districts we reached out to said they hadn’t started the vaccination process yet but have been working with community agencies to do so, and some educators are only now becoming available to receive the vaccine.

But complete data is something we may never know because the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which means school districts can encourage vaccinations but they can’t mandate them. Because of that, some districts we spoke to aren’t keeping track of who gets the shot and who doesn’t.

“It is America and you have to respect everyone’s choice,” said Fitzgerald Delacruz, a teacher with the Elk Grove Unified School District. “It does make me think about their positioning and why they wouldn’t take the vaccine, but I’m still hopeful that with the promise of the science and the effects of the vaccine that they’ll come around sooner than later.”

School districts also confirmed that teachers choosing not to get a vaccine will continue to work in their normally assigned jobs and interacting with students just as they did before the pandemic, but with proper personal protective equipment.

All of this was underscored by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. He reiterated that vaccinations are not a prerequisite to safely reopen California schools.

“That’s not my opinion. That’s the opinion of the CDC, Dr. Fauci, the opinion of educators and experts around the globe, including the opinion of President Joe Biden,” Newsom said at a press conference. “That said, we are mindful of the imperative importance of building on the success of 35 counties who are already administering vaccinations.”

When asked what is his message to other parents, Delacruz responded with this.

“To all my parents out there in the community, do what’s best for your family,” he replied. “Your children are your children until they become the adults you wish them to be, so choose well. If you choose to come back on campus, we’ll be here to serve you well.”

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