Van Drew Takes Steps Against COVID-19 Vaccines For School Children

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

New Jersey 2nd District US Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R) at his desk. Photo credit:

SOUTH JERSEY — U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew (R-2nd) is introducing legislation to ensure that states do not enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates that could prevent children’s entry into public schools, he announced on Monday, October 24.

“The CDC knows that by updating their list of suggested vaccines for schoolchildren, many states will force children to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even though the CDC has even acknowledged that children are at low risk of infection and that the vaccine does not prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Van Drew. “States across the country will ignore the science and the will of parents, putting our children’s education at risk.”

Van Drew also said that record drops in student test scores are a result of school shutdowns and the reluctance of professionals to return to in-person classes.

“Test scores across the country dropped to its lowest levels in decades because of the left shutting down schools and teachers’ unions protesting the return to in-person learning,” he said. “We should be celebrating students return to the classroom, not imposing additional barriers to hinder access to a public education.”

The former Dennis Township Mayor and Cape May County Freeholder said that it is not up to the government to decide what is best for children.

“Parents must decide what the best course of action would be regarding their children’s health, not the government,” he said. “I will continue the fight to preserve parental rights and ensure state governments are not usurping their authority.”

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