D.C.’s Vaccine Mandate Might Disproportionately Affect Black Students, ‘Exacerbate Racial Inequity’

D.C.’s Vaccine Mandate Might Disproportionately Affect Black Students, ‘Exacerbate Racial Inequity’


The nation’s capital is requiring all children 12 and older to be vaccinated before they begin schooling this fall — a move that could negatively affect black children already disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Though many school districts have moved away from such restrictive measures, Washington, D.C. mandates that children 12 and older be “up-to-date on required vaccinations before returning this August.”

But D.C.’s city council, rather than a school board, made the decision to mandate the vaccine despite a Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE) report on the legislation that found “enforcement of the bill will exacerbate racial inequity by disproportionately removing Black students from school.”

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“This may result in increased learning loss, additional negative social and educational outcomes and in blocking students from vital school resources,”

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