Another school district backs off vaccine mandate

The Sweetwater Union High School District has reversed a decision to require COVID-19 vaccines for eligible students. The district had received a legal warning from Let Them Choose, a parent advocacy group that has successfully challenged vaccine mandates at San Diego Unified.

Sweetwater’s vaccine mandate was set to take effect Feb. 5 for student athletes.

“The Board will not be requiring student vaccinations until at least the commencement of Off-Season Sports in May 2022 and for in-person instruction commencing in the 2022-2023 school year,” the district wrote in an email to parents Tuesday.

Let Them Choose founder Sharon McKeeman celebrated the decision, which she expects to be replicated in other school districts.

“When parents come together, and they insist the law is followed, that echoes throughout the county and state,” said Mckeeman

Last month, a judge ruled against San Diego Unified’s student vaccine mandate because it does not allow exemptions for religious or personal beliefs. A school vaccine mandate without such exemptions can only be imposed by the legislature, the judge said. The school district is appealing that decision