As schools across the Peninsula grapple with pandemic-induced staffing shortages, a group of parents, teachers and healthcare workers is organizing a statewide school walkout Monday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's vaccine mandate.
According to organizers, the walkout is planned to target a state requirement issued on Aug. 11 that all employees in public and private schools serving K-12 must be vaccinated by Oct. 15.
"Because the California mandates require educators to vaccinate, test, or be removed from work on that day, Monday the 18th," said organizers on the group's website.
The group is asking those who want to protest to not attend school on Monday and to "get loud" on social media to protest the mandates.
San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Canepa told ABC 7 News that he was disappointed "that people are continuing to not take the vaccine seriously."
"As a parent, you want to make sure that your kid is in a safe school setting," Canepa told the TV station.
In addition to the mandate from August, Newsom earlier this month said that California will also mandate a vaccine for students ages 12 and above once the vaccine gets federal approval.
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