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D.C. schools will not provide alternative education for unvaccinated students

Randy Mancini 5 Aug 26
Aiden Arthurs receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine from Pharmacist Andrew Mac (R) at the Jewish Federation/JARC's offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on May 13, 2021. - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 10, 2021 authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years old. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

A boy receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine in Michigan, on May 13, 2021. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 10, 2021 authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years old. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city will have no alternative education options available for unvaccinated students. 

During a press conference on Thursday, Bowser admitted that schools in the nation’s capital will not have implement schooling options for students who do not have the jab. This includes no virtual learning option.

Over the past year and a half, we have seen that COVID-19 vaccines work. Because of our collective effort, lives have been saved.

Going forward, we will comply with the Court’s orders, as we continue encouraging our community to access life-saving vaccines.

My full statement: pic.twitter.com/aiGVvPyUG1

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 26, 2022

A watchdog group claimed that this move will leave more than 40 percent of black children aged 12-to-17-years-old without an education in the fall. During the press conference, Mayor Bowser was asked how she could justify a rule that would disproportionally impact black students.

I asked D.C. @MayorBowser how she could justify forcing 40% of unvaccinated black students to stay home from school. She said my numbers were wrong. They're her numbers. pic.twitter.com/Gmoidu1YuU

— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) August 15, 2022

Under the mandate, students are required to provide proof of vaccination by the first 20-days of the semester. If students fail to do so they will not be allowed to have access to educational activities. 

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