California students 12 and older will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Speaking in San Francisco on Friday October 1st, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he will require all staff and students in grades K-through-12 to get the shots in order to participate in in-person instruction.
Of course, right now, children under 12 are not allowed to get the Covid-19 vaccine. It has not been approved for them yet.
Newsom says the mandate will be applied once the FDA has fully approved the coronavirus vaccine for ages 12 and up, which could happen as early as November 2021.
Newsom added the vaccination will happen in stages, starting with students age 12 and older, and they won’t start to enforce the requirement until 2022.
Religious and medical exemptions will be allowed.
Newsom says the mandate does include students in grades K-through-6, but the details of that plan are still months away, as students that young are not allowed to get the Covid-19 vaccine just yet.
Little kids Looking out a School Bus Window
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