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SACRAMENTO (LifeSiteNews) — California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has not yet had his own daughter vaccinated for COVID-19, despite moving to make it mandatory for all other K-12 students in the state.

On October 1, Newsom announced a vaccine mandate for in-person learning at public and private schools alike in California, which will take effect the semester following formal approval of the COVID-19 vaccines for younger age groups by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), starting with grades 7 through 12, and followed by kindergarten through grade 6. He claimed there would be “rare” exemptions for religious or medical reasons.

But the Los Angeles Times reports that Newsom has admitted that “his own daughter, who recently turned 12 years old and is eligible for the vaccine, has not yet received it because she has ‘a series of other shots’ to get first.” 

Newsom, who survived a grassroots recall effort last month, claimed this was consistent with the mandate’s allowance of “adequacy not only in notice, but opportunity to meet with their primary care physicians or school nurses” to alleviate “existing anxieties.”

When asked about the situation by Fox News, Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said that Newsom’s daughter “only recently turned 12” and “has an appointment to be vaccinated in a manner of days.”

Across the nation, significant concerns remain about the COVID vaccines’ safety and effectiveness, especially for young people, which stem from the fact that they were developed and released far faster than any previous vaccine.

Vaccine defenders note that the one-year development period was not starting from scratch, but rather relied on years of prior research into mRNA technology; and that one of the innovations of the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” was conducting various aspects of the development process concurrently rather than sequentially, eliminating delays unrelated to safety. However, those factors do not fully account for the condensing of clinical trial phases — each of which can take anywhere from 1–3 years on their own — to just three months apiece. 

While cases of severe harm reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) after taking COVID shots represent less than one percent of total doses administered in the United States, a 2010 report submitted to the US Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) warned that VAERS caught “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events.” 

May reporting from NBC News quotes several mainstream experts acknowledging “gaps” in federal vaccine monitoring, and a Project Veritas investigation released last month shows insiders at a federal medical facility speaking candidly about serious medical complications they’ve seen after COVID vaccination that are not being reported. 

Further, a growing body of data indicates that the mass vaccination strategy for defeating COVID-19 has failed. The federal government considers more than 65% of eligible Americans “fully vaccinated” (a designation that has lost meaning in light of growing evidence that vaccine effectiveness wears off in a matter of months), yet ABC News reported last week that more Americans died of COVID-19 this year (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Regarding COVID vaccine mandates for students, data shows that children are at little-to-no risk from the virus, while even experts otherwise friendly to the COVID vaccines — as acknowledged in July by the left-leaning publication Wired — argue that the potential for vaccine-related myocarditis among young males undermines the public health establishment’s persistent refrain that “the benefits of [COVID-19] vaccination far outweigh any harm.”

In July, a team of researchers with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine “analyze[d] approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020,” and found a “mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.” The lead researcher, Dr. Marty Makary, accused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) of basing its advocacy of school COVID vaccination on “flimsy data.”

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