DC Mayor Bowser says students must prove negative COVID test before returning to school

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Washington DC Mayor Muriel bowser announced Wednesday that students in the district are not allowed to return to school on Jan. 5 unless they can show they have had a negative COVID-19 test.

“All DCPS students and staff will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test,” the mayor announced in a Twitter thread.

She went on to explain how parents can get the necessary antigen tests whose results they need to upload to a government website that logs their names and addresses.

The policy comes after the DC City Council voted December 21 to pass a bill mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students in the district.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Appears During an Inauguration Ceremony at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, October 13, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Appears During an Inauguration Ceremony at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, October 13, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Bowser has faced backlash after announcing in a tweet last week that vaccine proof will be required at restaurants, bars, nightclubs, indoor entertainment facilities, gyms and indoor venues, with effect from 15 January.

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser attends Women's March in Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC (Photo by Theo Wargo / Getty Images)

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser attends Women’s March in Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC (Photo by Theo Wargo / Getty Images)

Bowser’s order requires people aged 12 and over to have at least one dose of the vaccine to enter these institutions, which will be increased to two doses on 15 February. Her order came after similar policies were announced in New York City, Chicago and Boston.

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Vaccination data suggest that Bowser’s mandate would disproportionately affect black residents of the city. According to the city’s most updated vaccination data, the vaccination rate for black residents in DC is 46.4%, of which only 39.4% of vaccinated black residents are fully vaccinated.

Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien and Houston Keene contributed to this report.

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