Tide Turning? DC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Students Delayed Until January 2023

The Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandate for students put in place by the District of Columbia has been delayed until January of next year.

Washington, D.C. announced on Aug. 26 that the implementation of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which applies to public and private school students aged 12 and older, will be delayed until Jan. 3, 2023. The announcement came in the form of a letter to D.C. public school heads signed by Washington, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn.

“We hope that the Jan. 3, 2023 date for first exclusions of non-compliant students will give schools additional time to prepare, and for students to get their COVID-19 vaccinations,” he wrote.

Kihn’s letter also delayed enforcement of “routine” vaccine requirements until Oct. 11 for elementary school students, and until Nov. 4 for both middle school and high school students.

In early August, Republican lawmakers condemned the vaccine mandate through a letter to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. According to the legislators, the policy would disproportionately keep minority children out of schools due to their lower rates of vaccination.

The GOP members of Congress also scrutinized D.C.’s “alarming attempt to expel thousands of students who fail to comply with a vaccine mandate,” even through the shots do not prevent COVID-19 transmission at all.

“The D.C. Council’s decision raises serious questions about why a local government would decline to follow the science, and instead choose to place an entire population of youth at further risk of academic decline,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “As we have seen over the last year and a half, vaccine mandates fail to prevent the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”

“In the face of this science, the D.C. Council’s vaccination mandate creates a likelihood that thousands of D.C. schoolchildren will be locked out of learning opportunities this school year, setting these children further behind in their academic progress.”

Bowser’s vaccine mandate for D.C. employees ruled unconstitutional

A decision by D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Maurice A. Ross served as another blow to Bowser’s medical tyranny. In his Aug. 26 decision, Ross – appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush – ruled that the D.C. mayor’s COVID-19 vaccine for government employees was unconstitutional.

Ian Prior, executive director of the conservative Fight for Schools organization, noted Bowser’s defeat in court. “Mayor Bowser just suffered a humiliating defeat in court over her vaccine mandate for government workers and she realizes the lawlessness of her actions,” he said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“She should take the loss and completely scrap this mandate immediately,” Prior added, calling the compulsory vaccination policy “insane and unjustifiable.”

The Fight for Schools head cited data from Washington, D.C. itself, which pointed out that more than 40 percent of Black students in the age group required to get the COVID-19 vaccine are unvaccinated. This, he added, forces them to miss school over their vaccination status.

“Given that 47 percent of Black students aged 16 [to] 17 and 42 percent of Black children aged 12 [to] 15 are currently unvaccinated, this will have the draconian impact of denying those students the opportunity to have any education – unless their parents remove their children from the public school systems and either send them to private school or home school them,” Prior said.

**By Ramon Tomey