The Arizona Department of Education is collaborating with the Phoenix Union High School District to provide free backpacks and school supplies to children who take the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, encouraged anyone aged twelve and up to register for their vaccination in a tweet. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that children aged 12 to 15 years old participate in the coronavirus vaccination program.
“Today, I adopted CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents. CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away,” CDC Director said in a statement published on May 12.
“For vaccination to do its job, we must do our critical part. That means vaccinating as many people as possible who are eligible. This official CDC action opens vaccination to approximately 17 million adolescents in the United States and strengthens our nation’s efforts to protect even more people from the effects of COVID-19. Getting adolescents vaccinated means their faster return to social activities and can provide parents and caregivers peace of mind knowing their family is protected,” the statement read.
The Arizona Department of Education has given children and parents Lyft vouchers to get to one of the 15 vaccination locations. The leaflet or signup website makes no mention of the need for parents to accompany the student and provide approval for the child’s vaccination.
Chief Trumpster, a Twitter user, slammed the event and questioned how much it costs taxpayers. In addition, bribery would be considered if free bags and school supplies were offered in exchange for coronavirus vaccinations.
This occurs after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance stating that vaccinated teachers and students are not required to wear masks at school. Those who do not want to be vaccinated should wear masks and maintain a social distance.
Students who forget or refuse to wear a mask will be removed from the in-person learning classroom and returned to remote learning, Phoenix Union High School District stated.