Minnesota teachers union wants state holiday to vaccinate kids

The union thinks all children should be vaccinated unless they have a "rare and legitimate medical reason" for not getting the shot.

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Education Minnesota, the state’s far-left teachers union, wants lawmakers in St. Paul to “consider a state holiday for vaccinating students.”

Denise Specht, president of the union, thinks all eligible children should be vaccinated unless they have a “rare and legitimate medical reason” for not getting the shot.

“State and local leaders must be bold in their efforts to make this vaccine available to every student, no matter where they live or how much money they have,” she said.

Specht was reacting to the FDA’s approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. She thinks “all options should be on the table” for getting shots in kids’ arms.

Some of those options include: “Put vaccine clinics in the schools that families are already familiar with — and run buses for families all day long. Require employers to give parents paid time off to take their children to get vaccinated. Consider a state holiday for vaccinating students when enough vaccine is available.”

Specht’s organization is one of the most powerful in the state and holds considerable influence over Gov. Tim Walz and his party, having donated more than $1.3 million to the Minnesota DFL in 2018, the year Walz was elected.

The union published a resource for teachers in August to help them defend critical race theory against parent criticism. Like CRT, Specht holds that America was “built on white privilege and by racist systems.”

CRT proved to be a losing issue for Democrats in Tuesday’s elections, with a wave of parent anger carrying Republican Glenn Youngkin to victory in Virginia.