The founder of a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in the defense of civil liberties says Los Angeles schools would be violating parental rights if they require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before allowing them to return for in-person classes.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement last week via a pre-recorded video, saying it would be "no different than" the vaccines for diseases such as mumps or measles that are already required.
California-based attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute believes it is unnecessary.
"One study shows that youths are more likely to die from the regular flu than from the COVID virus if they get it," he tells One News Now. "This is hysteria, illogical, it's not supported by science, and it should have no place in public school policy."
Dacus also sees this as a violation of parental rights.
"This is a violation of the rights of parents for them to decide for themselves what is best for their particular child based on their faith, their beliefs, and the medial history and needs of their child," he contends.
Another wrinkle in the superintendent's argument involves whether the vaccines should even be given to minors. NBC Los Angeles, for example, points out that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized for use in people over the age of 16, while the Moderna vaccine has been authorized for use in people over the age of 18.
However, after several people had apparent allergic reactions at one California clinic, state health officials have reportedly told providers across the state to pause administering doses from one COVID-19 vaccine lot that arrived from Moderna.