Week in Review > Week in Review 6-24-2022

Posted by on June 24th, 2022

CORONAVIRUS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the green light Saturday to allowing children over six months old to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, expanding eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children. The CDC’s recommendation was the final piece needed in the process to approve vaccines for children six months to 5 years old. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) had authorized the vaccines for children under 5 years of age last Friday. President Joe Biden said the expanded vaccine eligibility marks a “monumental step forward” in the nation’s fight against the virus. 

Specifically, children six months to 5 years old are eligible to receive the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, whichever is available. The CDC said the COVID-19 vaccines have “undergone — and will continue to undergo — the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.” Parents and caregivers can reach out to their doctor, nurse, local pharmacy, or health department, or visit www.vaccines.gov to see where vaccines for children are available.

EDUCATION

Backers of a lawsuit in Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the state school voucher program said that the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Tuesday does not affect their litigation. Characterizing the ruling in Carson v. Makin as narrowly drawn “regarding public funds for private religious education,” the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy and the Vouchers Hurt Ohio coalition issued the following statement: “We are undaunted and moving full speed ahead. The SCOTUS decision is very limited in scope and does not address the central issues of our challenge in Ohio based on the Ohio Constitution. We believe the EdChoice private school voucher program is fraught with unconstitutional issues,” said William Phillis, executive director for the Ohio Coalition. “The EdChoice private school voucher program is unconstitutional because it creates a separate system of schools when the Ohio Constitution clearly calls for a single system. It makes segregation worse, siphons money away from an underfunded public common school system and increases the reliance on local property owners and taxes to pay for public schools. However, both The Buckeye Institute and the Center for Christian Virtue (CCV) hailed the 6-3 decision with CCV’s Ohio Christian Education Network’s Troy McIntosh observing that with this decision, “states cannot discriminate against Christian schools. … Today’s 6-3 decision sends a clear message that religious intolerance against these schools from state officials is in direct violation of First Amendment religious freedoms.”

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