California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a mandate that will require all eligible school children in the Golden State to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“There’s still a struggle to get to where we need to be,” Newsom said. “And that means we need to do more, and we need to do better.”
“The mandate would take effect for grades 7 through 12 the semester following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the vaccine for children ages 12 and older, according to the governor’s office. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade would be phased in after the vaccine is formally approved for younger children,” the LA Times reports.
“This is just another vaccine,” Newsom said. The COVID-19 vaccine will join “a well-established list that currently includes 10 vaccines and well-established rules and regulations that have been advanced by the Legislature for decades.”
California is the first state to mandate the COVID-19 for school children.