Michigan Township Closes Schools After Staff Has ‘Negative Reaction’ to COVID-19 Booster

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
November 9, 2021 Updated: November 9, 2021

A township in Michigan announced schools would be closed on Monday after several staff members experienced a “negative reaction” to COVID-19 booster shots.

In a statement posted on its website, Saginaw Township Community Schools said, due to staffing issues, the district would be closed on Monday.

“A large number of our staff had a negative reaction to the COVID booster shot given at a voluntary clinic over the weekend,” the bulletin said. “There is a substitute teacher/staff shortage throughout the state, further complicating the availability to cover those absences.”

In a Facebook response to a comment on Monday, the school system also said it is planning to open Tuesday.

The school district did not provide more details. The Epoch Times has contacted it for comment.

Booster shots have been approved by the federal government for adults who took the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said last month. “The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe—as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given. And, they are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”

The CDC says that common side effects of the Modena and Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot are pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, chills, nausea, and fever. Meanwhile, common Johnson & Johnson vaccine side effects include fever, fatigue, and headache.

Previously, the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said studies have shown that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are associated with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, which is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart. Federal health officials said the condition is rare and have repeatedly said that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the potential side effects.

It comes as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has remained out of public sight since receiving his COVID-19 vaccine booster shot about two weeks ago, although reports on Monday suggested Newsom attended a wedding in San Francisco on Saturday. A blurry photo appeared to show Newsom, who was wearing a mask, at the event.

The governor last appeared in public on Oct. 27 after receiving a Moderna COVID-19, months after he took a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

COVID-19 is the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.