Austin Beutner Says LAUSD Students Will Have to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

If you thought the vaccine wars were bad before, just wait. On Monday, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that all students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine once they are available to children.

The announcement has already elicited outrage from the usual anti-vax suspects. But even parents who don’t typically resist immunizations have tremendous reservations about the COVID-19 vaccine given its novelty, rapid development, and because COVID-19 has a much lower rate of hospitalization and deaths in children. For those students who don’t receive the vaccine, online learning will still be available, Beutner said.

Parents will have plenty of time to decide which route to take. There is a long way to go before the vaccine is available for children. The FDA has not yet approved any COVID-19 vaccines for children or teens. If and when it does, children will still be among the last to be inoculated based on risk.