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Orange County School Board perpetuates false idea about mandatory vaccines for students

Orange County Register, May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Orange County School Board perpetuates false idea about mandatory vaccines for students

“The motives of this board are probably as much political as they are about public health,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and public health associate professor at UC Irvine. Noymer said it’s too early to discuss mandatory COVID-19 shots for high school students, saying that coronavirus vaccines – unlike vaccines for measles and chicken pox – have not yet received final government approval. Also, he noted, children can’t get vaccinated without their parents’ approval. “They’re attacking something that doesn’t exist,” Noymer said.  “No kid comes home from school saying they’ve been jabbed by a school nurse.”