Student athletes become the latest target for school vaccine mandates
The approaching winter season and its indoor sports, such as basketball, hockey and wrestling, have some school officials on high alert.
The battle to curb the spread of Covid-19 in schools is quickly moving to football fields and basketball courts.
While much of the pandemic-fueled culture war has centered on mask-wearing requirements in classrooms, major U.S. school systems are beginning to require teen athletes, band members and even after-school program participants to get vaccinated.
Eligible kids in Los Angeles public schools need their second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine by Halloween to join in-person extracurricular activities, including sports and after-school programs. Students 12 years old and up in Washington, D.C., public schools must be fully vaccinated beginning Nov. 1 to participate in school athletics. New York City students in “high risk” public league sports and extracurriculars must also get shots, while Chicago Public Schools has announced an athlete vaccine-or-test requirement.
And in Hawaii, one of the first states to require vaccines for students in school-sanctioned sports, the state education department pushed back the start of its fall athletics season entirely so players could be inoculated by the end of September unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.
“This is the beginning of a movement,” Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand said in an interview. The Virginia system in suburban Washington, D.C., is home to nearly 190,000 students and requires winter and spring athletes age 16 and older to get Covid-19 vaccinations by Nov. 8. Younger athletes must take regular virus tests if they’re unvaccinated (those in the fall sports season, however, aren’t subject to the requirement).
“I am convinced that more districts, more states and governors are going to realize that to preserve American public education in person, and to preserve the American athletic experience, we must have vaccinations for our students and our athletes,” he said.
Forty-five percent of 12- to 17-year-olds — approximately 10.7 million children — were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Sept. 29, according to an analysis of federal data from the American Academy of Pediatrics. That’s helped fuel a new wave of vaccine requirements for K-12 students, showcasing the latest option to help control the pandemic, especially among children most likely to share crowded locker rooms and stadiums.
The requirements carry out urgent requests to get teen athletes vaccinated from the Biden administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics and national sports medicine associations. They also demonstrate the lengths to which educators, as well as city and state leaders, are willing to go to incentivize older kids to get inoculated — dangling the potential of losing out on a favorite pastime to push vaccine-hesitant families.
Fully Vaccinated Lebron James Tests Positive For Covid-19
4:10 PM PT — TMZ Sports has learned … LeBron James tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon using a lateral flow test. James was given a follow-up PCR test to confirm the diagnosis. However, that test came back negative. LeBron was then given a third tie-breaker test … which came back positive.
We’re told the team has chartered a private jet so Bron can fly back to Los Angeles in a safe manner.
We’re also told James is currently asymptomatic. LeBron is fully vaccinated.
LeBron James has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and will miss tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings, the league announced Tuesday.
The news comes just hours before the Lakers are set to go up against the Kings.
It’s unclear if 36-year-old James is COVID-19 positive, if he was a close contact or had a false positive.
Per the league’s rules, if James is positive, he will be away from the team either for the next 10 days or until he submits at least two negative PCR tests before returning.
LeBron is fully vaccinated but has previously shied away from encouraging others to get the jab.
“We’re talking about individuals’ bodies,” LeBron said back in September. “We’re not talking about something that’s political, or racism, or police brutality. Things of that nature. We’re talking about people’s bodies and well being.”
“So, I don’t feel like, for me personally, that I should get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods.”
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State Farm backs Aaron Rodgers’ ‘personal point of view,’ encourages vaccinations after QB’s controversy
Aaron Rodgers was dropped by Prevea Health over the weekend
State Farm and other companies Aaron Rodgers is the spokesperson for came under fire after the Green Bay Packers superstar revealed his stance on the coronavirus vaccine.
Rodgers had already been dropped by Prevea Health over the weekend and on Monday it was State Farm’s turn to decide what they were going to do with the reigning NFL MVP. Rodgers had been seen in countless ads for the insurance company touting their “discount double check.”
State Farm said it supported Rodgers’ “personal point of view” despite disagreeing with his statements on “The Pat McAfee Show” last week.
“Aaron Rodgers has been a great ambassador for our company for much of the past decade,” State Farm said in a statement to FOX Business.
“We don’t support some of the statements that he has made, but we respect his right to have his own personal point of view. We recognize our customers, employees, agents and brand ambassadors come from all walks of life, with differing viewpoints on many issues. Our mission at State Farm is to support safer, stronger communities. To that end, we encourage vaccinations, but respect everyone’s right to make a choice based on their personal circumstances.”
Rodgers rattled off several reasons why he chose not to get vaccinated, including an allergy he said he has from an ingredient in mRNA vaccines. He said he also talked to his friend Joe Rogan about the treatments the podcaster took when he was diagnosed with COVID and admitted one of the medicines he was on was ivermectin.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” Rodgers told former NFL punter McAfee and his former linebacker teammate A.J. Hawk. “So, before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.”
Rodgers took shots at the NFL media for ripping him and made it a point to say he would’ve explained himself if anyone asked him to explain what he meant when he said he was immunized. Additionally, he said he was allergic to some of the ingredients in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and chose not to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to some of its side effects.
“I’m not an anti-vaxx, flat-earther. … I have an allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines. I found a long-term immunization protocol to protect myself, and I’m very proud of the research that went into that,” the Packers star added.
On Saturday, Prevea Health dropped Rodgers.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company wrote in a statement. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”