Golden State poised to become first state to require shots for eligible school children
A California doctor targeted school-age children on Governor Gavin Newsom’s new vaccine mandate on Monday, saying his decision was “not based on clinical evidence” but politically motivated.
Dr. Houman Hemmati on “Granthshala and Friends First” said, “The decision the governor has taken is really based on his personal beliefs which is based on politics.”
“As a physician, one thing I’ve been taught, one thing we should all practice, is evidence-based medicine, and make evidence-based decisions extend not only to the doctor-patient relationship, but to policies as well. What needs to be expanded are those created by politicians and public health boards.”
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“When they’re not made, we only have decisions that flip in a way with a disregard for the evidence out there.”
Newsom announced last week that all children over the age of 12 who are eligible must receive the vaccine to attend a class. It will not allow a test option.
The new policy will go into effect only after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts its official stamp on the shot for children in certain age groups.
According to Dr Hemmati, around 35 children have died in the state since the pandemic began, and while it is necessary to stop that number from rising, he also stressed the importance of addressing other areas of teen death. .
“We don’t want to see a single child die, but when you look at the number of child deaths due to other reasons, you have many reasons like motor vehicle accidents, accidental injuries from bicycle accidents, drowning, poisoning. Giving up, committing suicide, drug overdoses, gunshot killings—all of this is an order of magnitude or more.”
“When you think about it, if schools were really a place where patriarchal medicine was to be practiced, where you would have a center of safety and health for children rather than just a center of education, would we really care? The killers of children we just mentioned?” Dr. Hemmati questioned.
California is set to become the first state to require eligible children to be vaccinated to attend school in person.