California's incoming COVID-19 vaccine mandates bring Gov. Gavin Newsom's own upheld standards into question on the topic. The governor pivoted back to the pandemic after fighting off challengers in the state's recent recall election.
It was at the beginning of October that Newsom announced mandatory vaccines for all K - 12 students in the state. Both public and private school kids will be required to get it once the FDA gives full approval to those age groups.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it's these sorts of legal "caveats" that are being debated currently. For the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in particular, FDA approval starts at 16 and older. An emergency authorization is in place for children ages 12 to 15.
(Last Thursday, Pfizer asked the FDA for emergency authorization to give the COVID-19 vaccine to kids aged 5 to 11.)
The outlet mentions Newsom's own daughter having recently turned 12-years-old and therefore qualifying to get vaccinated herself.
"The governor has said the state's process offers an 'accommodating' personal belief exemption and will provide adequate time to hesitant parents to talk to their doctors and school nurses. He said his own daughter, who recently turned 12 years old and is eligible for the vaccine, has not yet received it because she has 'a series of other shots' to get first."
Newsom's other inconsistencies on COVID-19 mandates resurfaced. It was at the end of July that California first introduced their COVID-19 vaccine mandates for state employees and healthcare workers.
But corrections officers were made exempt, even though a federal court-appointed receiver previously urged Newsom as much to make the vaccine mandatory for prison staff. The Mercury News credited the power of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spending $1.75 million to defend Newsom in the recent recall election as an explanation.
That aside, the rest of California's state politicians are looking on where to fit COVID-19 mandatory vaccines into their framework of laws. The allowance of medical exemptions or religious exemptions on the line of that discussion.
On a local level, last Wednesday had the Los Angeles City Council approving COVID-19 passport mandates as a requirement for people to enter public places. Much like the practice implemented in New York City earlier this year.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressed the issue of mandates by saying he wouldn't enforce it even in his own department on the basis of needing manpower.