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San Diego Unified School Board Unanimously Votes For Vaccination Mandate of Staff and Students

SDUSD already has 65% of all eligible students and 80% of all eligible employees at least partially vaccinated

By Evan Symon, September 29, 2021 11:20 am

The Board of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) voted unanimously on Tuesday to institute a vaccination mandate for all staff and eligible students.

According to the mandate plan, all employees of the SDUSD, as well as all students ages 16 and up, are to be fully vaccinated by December 20th. Other students, specifically groups ages 12 and up and ages 5 and up, are to be vaccinated at a later date pending FDA approval of vaccines for younger people.

The only people exempt from the SDUSD mandate are those with medical exemptions, with no religious exemptions being offered. For employees, a vaccination is now a “condition of employment and a requirement for contracted services”. However, students who are not vaccinated by the end of the year will begin the second half in independent study programs and virtual learning. But those vaccinated will also not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.

According to the SDUSD, the second largest school district in the state after the Los Angeles Unified School District with over 121,000 students and over 13,000 staff, already has 65% of all eligible students and 80%  of all eligible employees at least partially vaccinated.

SDUSD board members all voiced their approval of the mandate before and after voting on Tuesday, with all noting that a mandate was the right way to go to help keep students safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Parents right now are sending their students to school want to know we’re doing everything that we can to keep those students safe and we know vaccines are the most effective strategy to prevent the spread of COVID,” explained SDUSD Board President Richard Barrera on Tuesday in the virtual meeting. “Both parents and staff, the overwhelming majority that we hear from, are saying this is the right step to take. It could not be more clear that this is the right move for us to take tonight.”

Parents, members of public sharply divided over mandate

Before the vote, numerous members of the public spoke for more than an hour. While many approved of the mandate, others, including many SDUSD staff, opposed the measure and were afraid of what might happen to them for remaining unvaccinated.

“Your intentions may be good, but like the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” said San Diego elementary school teacher and unvaccinated teacher representative Brenda Taylor to the board. “This flawed proposal that you are hiding behind the word of science as if it’s absolute. We know that science is not perfect.”

Despite the board meeting being held remotely, dozens of supporters and those in opposition to the mandate gathered outside the SDUSD Board of Education on Tuesday.

Those in support noted that the vaccines were for the health and safety for all and that science backed up their reasoning.

“In order to ensure the safety for all, we need as many people as possible to vaccinate,” said Dean Carter, a parent of two SDUSD students who was part of the pro-mandate group yesterday, to the Globe on Wednesday. “I don’t know why anyone would oppose this. None of us do. That’s why we were out there yesterday, to show that a large majority of parents wanted this. A large majority of San Diego residents wanted this. When it comes to kids, we can’t understand why some parents would rather risk death for them when prevention is so easy. It’s crazy to think they are pro-kids dying.”

Those against the mandate, led by a group called “Let Them Choose” countered the others on Tuesday by pointing out long-term effects of the vaccine on younger people and that it should still boil down to personal choice in the matter.

“The responsible thing to do is to see long-term studies on this, to not be seeing recalls, to not be seeing side effects,” said one parent on Tuesday. “There are some parents, even if they saw those long-term studies, they wouldn’t feel good about giving their kids the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Let Them Choose founder Sharon McKeeman added, “We’ve seen them before not honor parents’ voices and we hope they do. If they don’t, we’re ready to take legal action against a mandate if it’s passed.”

San Diego’s mandate follow’s a string of other school-wide mandates for eligible students and staff, including one for the LAUSD system earlier this month. San Diego’s full vaccination mandate deadline is currently set for December 20, 2021.

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6 thoughts on “San Diego Unified School Board Unanimously Votes For Vaccination Mandate of Staff and Students

  1. These types of mandates while pushing they sign waivers as well is all to show how they can force microchips into people. They will make sure only microchipped people can buy/sell/or do anything. America has lost being a free nation we are well on our way to a Tyrannical gov’t

  2. NOT SAFE,TAKE THEM OUT OF SCHOOL! All students can make themselves useful and still add value, can still learn, just use our imaginations, learn a trade for these years, bring old trades back. Use our hands. Made in USA vs China. Invent a product, service etc.,
    Sabrina Bazzo
    Kevin Beiser
    Michael McQuary
    Richard Barrera (Board President)
    Sharon Whitehurst-Payne (Board VP)
    Zachary Patterson
    More names on the growing list of criminals -worldwide-that we will remember. The Group Think criminal$ ignoring their first responsibility- concern for the people-we will not miss one name in the prosecution that will go on for years in the covid trials.
    This is ending and un-raveling as people find out about all the pure lies that these civil servants are parroting from the parrot above them. There will be no immunity for saying ” I was doing as I was told” “all the board members were bullying me” …No excuses. The tsunami of information from victims still living and the suspicious ingredients in the vials is out there to stop these dangerous injections, even to just pause them until all opinions can be heard in public debates vs automatically silenced by a few civil servants who have elevated their self importance.

  3. Good luck with that….I pull my kid out of the district if it was a choice between my kid getting the vaccine and attending school.

  4. A Resolution to Protect People from COVID Via Vitamin D Repletion

    Whereas: The goal of our public health department is that COVID-19 infections will decline to zero, which is a different goal from achieving a 100% vaccination rate,

    Whereas: Decades of studies show that the incidence of both bacterial and viral infections plummets when people are replete in D3; repletion is achieved when blood contains 50 to 70 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) of D3; however the FDA standards are less than half that, i.e. the FDA defines deficiency as having under 20 ng/mL even though 42% of Americans are have symptoms of D3 deficiency when their blood tests at 20 ng/mL. In other words, the real rate of D3 deficiency is probably more like 80%, which is a public health crisis.

    Whereas: Research-based guidelines show how to achieve optimum levels of D3 (50 ng/mL) by either sunbathing 3-5 times a week (a low-melanin person can make 10,000 IU in 15 minutes of noon sun with arms and legs uncovered, a high-melanin person may need 1.5 hours to achieve the same blood level)* OR by supplementation (very deficient patients have been prescribed 50,000 IU per day for 3 days followed by 10,000 IU a day for a month), OR a combination of both. The FDA’s recommended daily intake for vitamin D3 is set too low to ever achieve the optimum blood level because food provides very little D and the sun’s UVB rays only reach us for the six months between April and September, and then only between 11 am and 1 pm; inadequate government standards thereby amount to negligence,**

    Whereas: Melanin-rich skin has more natural sun blocking capacity, therefore African American, Latinx, and Native American persons make less vitamin D from sunlight than pale people. This is an overlooked explanation for the recognized fact that COVID deaths are higher in these groups.

    Whereas: Research since the COVID pandemic began shows that vitamin D3 is more protective than the vaccines in preventing the SARS-CoV-2 infection,

    Whereas: Those who refuse the shot and/or refuse vaccinating their children, would be protected from COVID if they act on the research and increase their blood levels of vitamin D3,

    Whereas: Tempers are frayed on both sides of the Vax-Antivax divide because the vaccinated majority is afraid their unvaccinated children will catch COVID from people who refuse to be vaccinated while, simultaneously, the (rather large) minority of 30% are strongly opposed to getting the vaccine and feel that they and their children should not be forced to do so in order to keep their job or attend school,

    Therefore: Be it resolved that the Western Yolo Grange asks Aimee Sisson, Yolo County’s Public Health Officer, to educate doctors, nurses, and physician’s assistants— and the general public— on the importance of annual 25 Hydroxy D blood tests to spot deficiencies; anyone who is found deficient can be prescribed a regimen of sun exposure and/or supplementation so that children and adults achieve a protective level of D3 in the blood, which is also preventative and curative for many other maladies.

    * A Norwegian study found that 30 minutes of midday summer sun exposure in Oslo, Norway was equivalent to consuming 10,000–20,000 IU of vitamin D (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19667143/).

    ** Vitamin D —Recommended Daily Intakes Set by the FDA (shown in both mcg and IU)
    Infants up to one year 10 mcg 400 International Units
    Children 1-3 years 15 mcg 600 IU
    Adults & Children 4 -100 years 20 mcg 800 IU
    Pregnant & Lactating Women 15 mcg 600 IU

    These daily intakes are clearly too low if a person is dependent on supplementation alone. In contrast, Dr. Fauci takes 6000 IU a day, far more than the 800 IU listed above. (We don’t know how much additional D3 Dr. Fauci makes from sun exposure).

    https://www.fda.gov/media/99069/download

    Vitamin D3 and COVID-19
    The Evidence for Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus

    Professor Roger Seheult’s 1-hour video, https://youtu.be/ha2mLz-Xdpg

    28 References [Dr. Seheult comments on these studies, as posted in his Notes below the video, and the 17 recent studies specifically on COVID patients are highlighted in red]:

    The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): A Resource for Assessing Exposure to Environmental Pollutants
    (J. of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11477521/

    Aging decreases the capacity of human skin to produce vitamin D3
    (The J. of Clinical Investigation) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC424123/

    Racial differences in the relationship between vitamin D, bone mineral density, and parathyroid hormone in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
    (Osteoporosis Int.) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20848081/

    Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity
    (The American J of Clinical Nutrition) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10966885/

    Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency and Mortality from Respiratory Diseases
    (Nutrients) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32824839/

    Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis
    (BMJ) https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583

    Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza-A in schoolchildren
    (The American J. of Clinical Nutrition) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20219962/
    Those who got the supplementation only had 10% chance of influenza A, those didn’t get the extra D had a 18.6% likelihood of getting influenza A. “This is a powerful intervention.”

    Vitamin D and SARS-CoV-2 infection— evolution of evidence supporting clinical practice and policy development
    (Irish J. of Medical Science) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11845-020-02427-9
    There are some uncanny similarities between what COVID looks like and what D-deficiency looks like, he shows the chart. D-deficiency leads to hyper coagulability, a symptom to COVID. So maybe D deficiency plays a role in COVID-19, since hyper coagulability is more pronounced in COVIDE-19 patients, and much less so in other corona viruses.

    Factors associated with COVID-19-related death using OpenSAFELY
    (Nature) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2521-4
    Excellent chart shows the co-factors for COVID-19 deaths, and how D-deficiency is in lockstep with older, fatter, or melanin-rich folks being more vulnerable.

    Editorial: low population mortality from COVID-19 in countries south of latitude 35 degrees North supports vitamin D as a factor determining severity (Alimentary Pharm. & Therap.) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32311755/
    Countries south of latitude 35 have much lower COVID-19 death rates, as shown by the graph. [India for instance, and all of equatorial Africa, but also note that those areas have lower levels of manmade microwave pollution from cell phones and WiFi. http://emfrefugee.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-emperors-new-virus.html%5D

    The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality
    (Aging Clinical & Experimental Research) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7202265/

    25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations Are Lower in Patients with Positive PCR for SARS-CoV-2
    SARS-CoV-2
    (Nutrients) https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/5/1359

    Vitamin D deficiency in COVID-19: Mixing up cause and consequence
    (Metabolism) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7671645/

    Low plasma 25(OH) vitamin D level is associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection: an Israeli population-based study.
    (The FEBS J.) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32700398/

    The link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19 in a large population
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.04.20188268v1
    A large study: 52,000 subjects matched to 524,000 controls

    SARS-CoV-2 positivity rates… with circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels
    (PLOS One) https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0239252

    Vitamin D status and outcomes for hospitalized older patients with COVID-19
    (Postgrad Medical J.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7456620/
    The lower a person’s D level, the more likely they would need a ventilator.

    Vitamin D Deficiency and Outcome of COVID-19 Patients
    (Nutrients) https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/9/2757

    “Effect of calcifediol treatment and best available therapy versus best available therapy on intensive care unit admission & mortality among patients hospitalized for COVID-19: A randomized clinical study”
    (The J. of Steroid Bio. and Molec. Bio.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7456194/

    Vitamin D and survival in COVID-19 patients: A quasi-experimental study
    (The J. of Steroid Bio. and Molec. Bio.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7553119/

    Effect of Vitamin D3 Supplementation vs Placebo on Hospital Length of Stay in Patients with Severe COVID-19: A Multicenter, Double-blind, Randomized Controlled Trial
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.16.20232397v1

    Short term, high-dose vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19 disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled, study [SHADE study]
    (Postgraduate Medical Journal) https://pmj.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/12/postgradmedj-2020-139065

    Association of Vitamin D Status and Other Clinical Characteristics With COVID-19 Test Results
    (JAMA Network Open) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2770157

    Vitamin D Fortification of Fluid Milk Products and Their Contribution to Vitamin D Intake and Vitamin D Status in Observational Studies— A Review
    (Nutrients) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6116165/

    Analysis of vitamin D level among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients and its correlation with inflammatory markers
    (Scientific Reports from the Journal Nature) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77093-z

    THE MEDCRAM WEBSITE: Visit us for videos on over 60 medical topics and CME / CEs for medical professionals: https://www.medcram.com

    All coronavirus updates are at MedCram.com (including COVID-19 developments, SARS CoV 2 pathophysiology, vitamin D benefits, etc.) We offer over 60 medical topics on our website. Media contact: https://www.medcram.com/pages/media-contact
    11:58
    In this chart, Dr. Seheult says deficiency as less than 30 ng/mL; optimum levels only start at 51 ng/mL.

    Vitamin D3 Blood Test Results
    Shown in both types of units used for lab tests (the first, nanograms per milliliter, is most widely used)
    ng/mL nmol/L Multiply the first units by 2.5 to get the second type of units
    Deficient <30 100 >250

    [The Mayo Clinic says that taking 60,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D for several months has been shown to cause toxicity. Therefore, 5,000 to 10,000 IU a day is safe for nearly any adult, those are typical doses in Europe, which leans much more towards natural therapy for immunity than the US.]

    Further studies published after this video was produced in December 2021:

    https://youtu.be/bDt6ca2WF3Y
    Coronavirus Pandemic Update with Dr. Seheult
    Racial Disparities & Vitamin D
    At minute 11, he points to the 70-fold greater D deficiency in dark-skinned ethnic groups.
    At 18:30 Vitamin D expert Dr. William Grant says that to reach 40 and 60 ng/mL, starting near 20 ng/mL, it takes about 35 days to reach 60 ng/mL with 10,000 IU/day and 85 days with 4000 IU/day.

    https://journals.asm.org/doi/full/10.1128/mSystems.00122-21
    Dietary Supplements and Nutraceuticals under Investigation
    for COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
    May 2021
    Of all of the supplements under investigation, vitamin D has become a leading prophylactic and therapeutic candidate against SARS-CoV-2. Vitamin D can modulate both the adaptive and the innate immune system and is associated with various aspects of immune health and antiviral defense (125–129). Vitamin D can be sourced through diet or supplementation, but it is mainly biosynthesized by the body on exposure to UV light (UVB) from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased susceptibility to infection (130).

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0899900720303890
    Increased risk for COVID-19 in patients with vitamin D deficiency
    April 2021
    * Vitamin D deficiency is strongly associated with increased risk for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    * The odds ratio for COVID-19 increases with vitamin deficiency in black individuals.
    * Diabetes, obesity, and periodontal disease are associated with an increased risk for both COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346537587_Vitamin_D_Clinical_Pharmacology_Relevance_to_COVID-19_Pathogenesis
    Vitamin D Clinical Pharmacology: Relevance to COVID-19 Pathogenesis
    April 2021
    At this point in Chicago’s COVID-19 epidemic, approximately 48.7% of the COVID-19 fatalities are African American and 26.2% are Latinx, despite less than 31% of the city’s population being either African American or Latin American. The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the highly lethal COVID-19 infection, especially in minority populations. Explanations for the ethnic differences in disease incidence have mostly focused on the consequences of socio0economic status, nutrition, as well as healthcare access disparities, which are important and correctable causes. However, another ethnically variable factor is the amount of vitamin D3 (VD3d) production by the skin in response to UVB Absorption in the epidermis.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1060028020928052
    Myth Busters: Dietary Supplements and COVID-19
    5-12-20
    To summarize, vitamin D activity contributes to the maintenance of cell physical barrier integrity, enhanced antimicrobial peptide expression, enhanced activity of our innate immunity through macrophages and monocytes, and shifting response of cells involved with innate and adaptive immunity, such as dendritic and T-cells, toward a more tolerable and anti-inflammatory behavior.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7457388/
    A Single Large Dose of Vitamin D Could be Used as a Means of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Prevention and Treatment
    8-21-21
    Vit D deficiency or insufficiency is very common in the general population as well as in patients with COVID-19. It has been shown that low Vit D level is associated with viral infection, and Vit D supplementation is beneficial for people infected with viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C virus. Although COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, the morbidity and mortality of this disease are driven by coagulopathy. Clinical studies have shown that Vit D can exert anticoagulant effects. Vit D, a lipid-soluble vitamin, can be administered as a draught. Vit D supplementation is safe and has rare toxic events. In addition, the cost of Vit D is fairly low. Based on these observations, we speculate that a single dose of 300,000 IU Vit D may have a role in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2775003
    Sorting Out Whether Vitamin D Deficiency Raises COVID-19 Risk
    1-6-21
    A recent article in the Journal of the National Medical Association speculated that vitamin D deficiency “is likely a significant factor” behind disproportionately high COVID-19 cases and deaths among US Black and Latino populations.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7803543/
    Mortality in an Italian nursing home during COVID-19 pandemic: correlation with gender, age, ADL, vitamin D supplementation, and limitations of the diagnostic tests
    12-31-20
    …mortality was inversely associated with vitamin D supplementation.

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