The school system voted not to require COVID-19 vaccinations for athletes and employees and others involved in extracurricular activities
Protesters were lined up outside of the county courthouse Monday afternoon ahead of the school board's vote.
motion is changed to NOT require athletes and employees associated with athletics in @OCNCGOV to get #CovidVaccine in order to participate.— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) August 17, 2021
Board members were concerned about requiring it under emergency use #abc11 #nced
Penny King has a 16-year-old at Cedar Ridge High School who plays softball.
King said she chose to get the vaccine but said her child should have a choice.
"It should not be forced on her," King said. "If she does not want it, she shouldn't have to get it."
King, who said she lost her mother to COVID-19, said she got vaccinated because she feels like she's "lived her life."
"Don't force our kids that can make a decision," King added. "At 16, my child has a right to say no, mom. She has lost her nana to COVID and she still is like, 'mom I don't want to do it.'"
King added that students are already wearing masks.
Dozens of parents in downtown @HillsboroughGov tonight protesting agenda item on @OCNCGOV school board of education. It would mandate vaccines for those involved in athletics #abc11 pic.twitter.com/FPrssiP8Q0— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) August 16, 2021
Sarah Snipes, another parent, also spoke against mandating the vaccination.
"That board should not be making medical decisions for my healthy son, who just wants to play baseball," said Snipes, whose son is a rising senior at Orange High School. "It's not right."
The school system has already mandated face coverings for all students and staff members. The school board considering mandating vaccines for students who choose to participate in athletics, chorus, marching band or theater but ultimately changed the motion and decided not to require such measures..
The board did vote to make vaccinations mandatory for school employees once vaccines get full FDA approval.
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