By Xion Abiodun
On Wednesday, September 22nd the board of education will vote to mandate vaccines for all students in the OUSD (Oakland Unified School District), ages 12 and up. With Los Angeles, and San Francisco being able to mandate vaccines, people are fearful that this may happen to Oakland too. So far California has mandated vaccines for ALL colleges, yes even the community ones, some school districts, festivals, health workers and more. Mandating vaccines for everyone is a violation of human rights and more people should be outraged! If California is so pro-choice then why are anti-vaxers being so discriminated against?
When people do not want to be vaccinated then others should respect that without having to know the details. But since everyone is acting like anti-vaxxers are delusional, here are some of the main reasons people do not want to be vaccinated: they don’t trust the government, they don’t know what’s in the needle, religious reasons, or because they have a good immune system and don’t need it. All of those reasons are valid reasons to not get the shot, whether or not anybody agrees with that. Besides, the shot does not make you immune to getting Covid, all it is designed to do is to “stop” your symptoms from being terrible if you catch the virus. Also, the recovery rate is around 97% , so why should school districts have the right to mandate it if you’re most likely to get over the sickness?
For those who aren’t aware, there have been numerous cases of the Covid-19 vaccines having freakish side effects, which is another major reason that people don’t want to get the shot. Last week the famous rapper Nicki Minaj went on Twitter and said “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision and not bullied”. After tweeting this many news sources started bashing her for misinforming people, and she claimed that Twitter temporarily locked her out of her account. VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) released data showing that there are at least 66 cases where the vaccine caused testicular swelling. So if she was right, why is the media trying to paint a picture like she’s spreading a terrible rumor about the vaccine, when she’s actually speaking facts?
Those aren’t the only cases of the vaccine going wrong. The vaccine has also been linked to miscarriages, infertility, and some immune disorders. People with the shot are also not allowed to donate blood anywhere except for in the state of California. Doesn’t that seem a little suspicious to you? Not to mention that you can not sue any of the vaccine companies if you have terrible side effects. Furthermore, we don’t know any of the long term side effects, and I’m talking years from now, not months. I am saying all this to say, people who do not want the shot are not “crazy”, and should not be forced to get it. Just this article alone has a plethora of reasons on why the shot isn’t for everybody. So what do you think? Do you think OUSD should mandate all the students to be vaccinated, or is this a violation of human rights?