I am not trying to incite a hostile conversation surrounding the fate of North Dakota's children. Although I am entirely open to listening to the heated arguments of the recently rising anti-vax movement for kids.  There have been many anti-vaxxers over the years but clearly, their numbers are growing as vaccination skeptics increase.  But mind you most all parents of school-age kids have signed off on at least the current regiment...

North Dakota already requires kids meet the following protocols to be admitted to schools...

2. Minimum requirements.

a. Minimum requirements for children attending early childhood facilities, head start programs, and preschool educational facilities shall be age-appropriate immunizations against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenzae type B disease, varicella (chickenpox), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B.

b. Minimum requirements for children attending kindergarten through grade twelve shall be age-appropriate immunizations against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), meningococcal disease, and hepatitis B.

3. Effective dates.

a. Effective with the 2008-09 school year, a student must receive a second dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine before being admitted into kindergarten or first grade if the student's school does not have a kindergarten. Each subsequent school year, the next higher grade will be included in the second dose varicella (chickenpox) immunization requirement so those students transferring into North Dakota schools are added to the second dose varicella (chickenpox) immunization cohort.

1 b. Effective with the 2014-15 school year, a student must receive meningococcal conjugate and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (tdap) vaccine before being admitted into any seventh grade.

c. Effective with the 2018-19 school year, a student must be adequately immunized according to the advisory committee on immunization practices with tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (tdap) vaccine before being admitted into eighth through twelfth grade.

d. Effective with the 2018-19 school year, a student must be adequately immunized according to the advisory committee on immunization practices with meningococcal conjugate vaccine before being admitted into eighth through twelfth grade.

So kids are already being required to be administered with a ton of goop, society for the most part, has been accepting it as a necessary procedure prescribed by the medical community.

But, goodness sakes there has always been a vocal minority of people that are anti-vaccination.

I guess, the anti-vax crowd has not "always" been as prevalent as it's been even in the immediate years preceding the pandemic. For North Dakota, there are a number of legally acceptable exemptions for children to skip vaccinations...

4. Exemptions. A child with a medical or a beliefs exemption is exempt from any one or all of the immunization requirements. A physician must sign an exemption form indicating the vaccines that are included in the medical exemption. A parent or guardian must sign an exemption form stating that the child has a beliefs exemption and indicate which vaccines are exempt because of beliefs. A child with a reliable history of chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, or rubella is exempt from applicable immunization requirements. A physician must sign an exemption form stating that the child has had disease. Exemption forms must be kept on file with the immunization records at the child's school, early childhood facility, head start program, or preschool educational facility.

There's not a single mention of "Let's Go Brandon" or "F*** Joe Biden" in the stipulations to being exempt from a vaccine. So what if North Dakota Schools would require COVID-19 vaccination for school-age kids?

Not to worry, there's been no talk of that. Yet...

Well, Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...

FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5 through 11 Years of Age

Ok, so it's authorized for emergency use so that doesn't mean Bismarck schools will start mandatorily rolling up sleeves any time too soon.  But the FDA seems to be leaning that way

Since the start of the pandemic, about 1.9 million children ages 5-11 years have been infected, about 9% of all U.S. cases. More than 8,300 have been hospitalized and 94 have died, according to federal data. The death toll in the past year puts COVID in the top 10 causes of death for this age group.

It seems it's probably more of a priority to the FDA than it is to local School Boards but it seems like the drums may be beginning to stir...will COVID vaccination join measles, mumps, and rubella as a required poke before the school year.

Expectations must be that y'all are gonna get them kids vaccinated because North Dakota ordered a bunch.

The state has ordered 18,000 pediatric Pfizer COVID doses from the federal government. It will be sent out to providers based on their estimated population for this age group, and vaccine coverage rates in their adolescent population.

Kids Kovid Kontroversy Kontinues

Carry on.

One last thing before my sister brings it up. Apparently, one time at a need-for-school vaccination clinic I was...this kid.

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Be brave y'all.


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