California will be first state to require COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible K-12 students

Just like mumps, just like chickenpox, just like measles.

As reported in the Washington Post, Californians have another reason to be thankful that Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in charge of their state government, rather than some Trump-worshiping Fox News personality:

While this is a fairly simple news item, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the oft-repeated aphorism that “Elections have consequences.”  Without the California governor’s approval and support, this measure doesn’t go through. It never becomes state policy, at least for a long time, and after a lot of suffering has occurred. Had Larry Elder won the recall election, he wouldn’t have taken this step. Californians — and more importantly, their children — would have been subject to a politically-motivated buffoon substituting his judgment for public health officials.

And he would have had a ready audience of right-wing shadow organizations and media eager to support whatever position he took, ginning up the vitriol through fake protests, contrived, performative media spectacles and the like. In the end, the state would divide itself on mandates for vaccination, largely on political lines, exactly the way this country is divided now, with the same inevitable result: wholly unnecessary sickness and death, only this time to children, rather than adults.

Hopefully other states will follow California’s lead. We’ll have to wait and see.

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