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Well here’s a first.

All students in Hoboken School District 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19. If it doesn’t, the alternative is a weekly test. The Hoboken School District is believed to be the first in the state to take this step.

In addition, children under the age of 12 in this district are randomly tested weekly as there is no approved vaccine for this age group.

I was surprised to see this as I did not know that a school district on its own could need vaccines and could go beyond the list of vaccines the state needs. The state currently requires for K-12: polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), chickenpox, hepatitis B, meningococci and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular whooping cough).

Some New Jersey lawmakers have voted for the state to require a COVID vaccine for college students. Last winter, State Sen. Joe Vitale said he was for it, but last month he withdrew that move for the time being. MP Herb Conaway, who is a doctor and has already pushed legislation on mandatory flu vaccination for college students, says he trusts the COVID vaccine. “When it comes to the safety of this vaccine, no short cuts have been made in terms of science. I think people should take comfort in that, ”he said late last year.

In my opinion, it seems wrong that vaccines could be left to local rule. Should a district be allowed to hire Gardisil to prevent the sexually transmitted HPV that causes cervical cancer? Should someone else be allowed to prescribe a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to prevent pneumonia?

Now you can argue that Hoboken does not prescribe a vaccine but prescribes a choice. Get your child vaccinated or have them take a COVID test every week.

Where is this done? Nurses office at school? Will it be a quick results test? Or is it pointless for the child to attend class for three days before getting a positive result back? Who pays for this test, the parents or the taxpayer?

Then there is this business with children under the age of 12 who are subjected to “random” tests on a weekly basis. If you don’t test all students every week and only some of them, what about safety? Random drug testing has always been done to keep children busy and discouraged from using illegal drugs. What’s the point here of doing it randomly? A cost saving? General harassment?

Ultimately, if we decide this is important enough for students to be vaccinated, it should be nationwide, or it shouldn’t be at all.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Jeff Deminski of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.

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