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Jamaica Gleaner 04 October, 2021 - 12:06am 3 views

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Jason Aldean spoke out against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires students to get the jab in order to attend school in the state. 

On Sunday, the country singer, who has been in the spotlight lately for he and his wife’s critical opinions of the Biden administration, shared an image of a headline highlighting the mandate in California and denounced it in a caption on Instagram.

"So let me get this straight! It is no longer our decisions as parents (or free Americans) to make decisions about our kids, Gavin Newsom makes those decisions for us now??" Aldean wrote. "You gotta be kidding me! People in California should be outraged and people everywhere else better start standing up and speaking out NOW. This is not how America and being free works."

Per Newsom’s decision, California will now be the first state in the U.S. to require a COVID-19 vaccination for students older than 12 if they want to attend class in person. Essentially, the move adds the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations that school children are already subject to. The vaccine requirement would be enforced after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives its approval for different age groups to receive the shot while still allowing for religious and medical exemptions.

New York City also recently established a vaccine mandate for teachers in the Big Apple, prompting a group of teachers to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to block the city's mandate.

Aldean’s criticism of Newsom's order comes days after he said he will not apologize for his political beliefs after previously defending his wife for dressing their children in anti-Biden merchandise.

"This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way," the crooner added with the hashtag #unapologetic.

Aldean included a photo of himself performing on stage in front of a giant screen illuminated with the American flag. It was a shot from his Thursday night performance in Phoenix, Arizona, during his "Back in the Saddle Tour." His special guests were Hardy and Lainey Wilson.

Aldean and wife Brittany have made a point to be more politically outspoken in recent months. 

She followed that up with a note explaining that the backlash on her page led many to privately message her their support for Trump. She elaborated on that further in a social media Q&A in which she noted that her political social media presence gets a lot of public backlash, but she’s spurred on by the private messages of support she gets from people too afraid to profess their right-leaning beliefs publicly. 

"I personally don't give a d--- if people don't agree with me. I think it's important now more than ever to stand for what you believe, even if it 'goes against the grain.' Do your research and form your own opinion — speak out if you wish. But most importantly, don't bully people who feel differently than you," she said at the time.

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California doctor sounds alarm on Newsom's vaccine mandate for school kids: 'Not based on clinical evidence'

Fox News 04 October, 2021 - 07:13am

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California will become first U.S. state to require vaccinations for K-12 students. Dr. Houman Hemmati gives his take on 'Fox & Friends First.'

A California doctor sounded the alarm Monday on Governor Gavin Newsom's new vaccine mandate targeting school-age children, saying his decision was "not based on clinical evidence" but fueled by politics. 

"The decision that the governor made is one that's really based on his personal beliefs that's based in politics," said Dr. Houman Hemmati on "Fox & Friends First." 

"As a physician, the one thing that I'm taught, the one thing that we should all practice is evidence-based medicine, and the evidence-based decisions need to not just extend to the doctor-patient relationship, but also to policies that are made by politicians and public health boards."

"When those aren't done, we just have decisions that are made kind of flippantly with a disregard for the evidence that exists out there."

Newsom announced last week all children over 12 years old who are eligible must receive the vaccine in order to attend class. It will not allow a testing alternative. 

The new policy will only become enforceable when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) places its official stamp of approval on the shot for children in certain age groups. 

According to Dr. Hemmati, around 35 children have died in the state since the pandemic began, and while it is imperative to prevent that number from climbing, he also stressed the importance of addressing other areas of death in adolescence. 

"We don't want to see even a single child die, but when you look at the numbers of deaths of children that have occurred as a result of other causes, you have many causes such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental injuries from bicycle accidents, drownings, poisonings, suicides, drug overdoses, homicides by gunshots- all exceeding this by an order of magnitude or greater."

"When you think about that, if schools really were a place where paternalistic medicine were to be practiced, where you would have a center of safety and health for children rather than just the Center for Education, wouldn't we be focusing on the true killers of kids that we just mentioned?" Dr. Hemmati questioned. 

California is set to become the first state to require eligible children to become vaccinated in order to attend school in person. 

Bailee Hill is an associate editor with Fox News Digital.

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