By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom (Information):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced on Friday, October 1st, 2021 a new emergency order mandate that will require all eligible students statewide to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to go to both public and private schools in person for next school year in 2022.
The require will be for all students to get the COVID-19 vaccine once the shot is fully authorized by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for different age groups.
California Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement the new emergency order on while visiting a middle school in San Francisco, California.
The COVID-19 vaccine will now join a list of 10 other vaccinations required for children to attend school in the state.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state will issue the mandate in the next school term following the FDA’s approval, the earliest being Jan. 1, 2022 and the latest being July 1, 2022.
The government has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 years old and over but only granted an emergency authorization for anyone 12 years old to 15 years old, and once federal regulators fully approve it for that group, California will require students in seventh through 12th grades to get vaccinated.
California will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grades after it gets final federal approval for children 5 years old to 11 years old.
“We have to do more. We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
In August 2021, the State of California issued a mandate for teachers and school staff members, but now it has eliminated the option to submit to regular COVID-19 testing in place of getting the vaccine.
Staff members at all schools in California will also need to be fully vaccinated.
“We know there is no substitute for in-person instruction, but we need to do that on a consistent and sustainable basis, not an episodic basis,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Students would be granted religious and medical exemptions, but the rules for how the state would apply them have not been written yet.
Any student who refuses to take the vaccine would be forced to complete an independent study course at home.
More information is still coming in.