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April 13, 2023
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Monday that all teachers, school personnel and early child care workers must get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 1 with no option to opt out with weekly testing.
Under the requirement, all student-athletes 12 and over must be inoculated against the virus to participate in school-based athletics. The requirement includes public and private schools, as well as day care staff, bus drivers, security staff and coaches.
Government employees were required to report their vaccination status Sunday, with the mayor reporting that 72% of the government workforce was fully vaccinated. “It’s very clear, especially for our young people who are not eligible for vaccine yet, that the best way to protect them is to have the adults around them vaccinated,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a press conference.
Those who turn 12 between September 20 and November 1 must be fully jabbed by December 13. Adults covered by the requirement include from principals to cafeteria personnel
D.C. Public Schools and Howard University are working together to meet with students between 12 and 17 – and their parents – to discuss the importance of being vaccinated, Bowser said. There will be a virtual town hall meeting on September 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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