Newsom orders COVID vaccinations for eligible students in K-12 schools when it gets FDA approval
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all students, both attending public and private schools, would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once approved by the FDA.
Why it matters:
Newsom's new vaccine policy is the first of its kind for the nation and could affect nearly 7 million schoolchildren.
How it works:
The COVID vaccine would be added to a list of already required vaccinations for students to attend school and would take effect the next academic year following FDA approval.
Currently, federal health officials have only approved the vaccine for those 16 and older, and for children between the ages of 12 to 15, but only under emergency use.
If the vaccine gets final approval in 2021, students in the seventh to 12th grade would have until July 2022 to become fully vaccinated.
Californians would have the option to apply for an exemption under religious, medical, or personal beliefs.
Any eligible student who refuses to be vaccinated and does not have an exemption would be forced to undertake independent study at home.
Schools and districts will be responsible for enforcing the rule, just as they are with other necessary immunizations.
Keep this in mind:
California has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, with 84 percent of persons aged 12 and above receiving at least one shot of the vaccine and 70 percent being fully vaccinated, per the AP.
Los Angeles Unified approved a resolution that requires eligible students to receive coronavirus vaccinations, per Axios.
What he's saying: California Governor Gavin Newsom: “We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it. And the purpose of this is to continue to lead in that space. I believe we will be the first state in America to move forward with this mandate and requirement."