Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted that his own daughter, who just turned 12, has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 despite California’s extensive mandate requiring students to get the shot.
His daughter has not been vaccinated because she has “a number of other shots to be taken first,” the Los Angeles Times reported in Newsom.
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After Los Angeles implemented a vaccination mandate for elementary school students ages 12 and up in September, the policy went across the country, and California became the first state to implement a vaccination mandate for school children earlier this month after approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
“Our schools already require vaccines against measles, mumps and more,” Newsom, a Democrat, said of the mandate. “Why? Because vaccines work.”
Newsom has been accused of hypocrisy for exempting himself and his family from the COVID-19 restrictions he publicly supports. This summer, he pulled his son from a summer camp after photos surfaced showing the kids playing basketball indoors without masks.
In November 2020, Newsom was caught eating indoors with lobbyists without masks at an upscale restaurant despite urging residents to avoid large gatherings.
“The spirit of what I preach all the time was contradictory, and I must own it. So I want to apologize to you, ”he said after the fact.
The resulting allegations of hypocrisy helped motivate an attempt to remember Newsom, whom he virtually defeated last month.
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Only 56.1% of Californians between the ages of 12 and 17 are fully vaccinated, the lowest of all age groups in the state, according to the state’s COVID-19 website.
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