Oct 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Newsom orders COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California students

Students attending school in LA Unified School Districti

Students attending school in L.A. Unified School District. Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Friday that all eligible public and private school students will be mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, once it has been given final approval from the FDA.

Why it matters: This is the first K-12 COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Details: The vaccine will be on a list of those already mandated for public schools.

  • The mandate would only affect students 16 or older for now, but that could change with full approval of the vaccine for the 12-15 year-old age group, which is expected this fall.
  • Shots for those aged 5-11 will likely be available under emergency use soon, but will not be mandated until they receive full government approval.
  • Eligible students will not be allowed to attend classes in-person without the vaccine.
  • Schools and school districts will enforce the mandate for required vaccines.

The big picture: California has been particularly aggressive in issuing vaccine mandates.

State of play: 63.5% of 12 to 15-year-olds have been vaccinated in the state of California Newsom said in his announcement on Friday.

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