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California Puts Off Mandate That All Students 12 and Over Need COVID Vaccine to Attend Classes

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Spraya Yamini, 10, holds the hand of Afshin’s father as she receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for coronavirus during the coronavirus outbreak at the Rady’s Children Vaccination Clinic in San Diego, November 3, 2021. REUTER Mike Blake

A national mandate for all students aged 12 and over to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be delayed until at least July 2023, state health officials announced on Thursday.

When Governor Gavin Newsom announced the policy in October, he said it would not apply as a course requirement until American Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the vaccine for use in children 12 years of age and older.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, As of April 6, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 is approved for use in people aged 5-17 years. The FDA has not yet approved the use of Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines for people under 17 years of age.

“To ensure sufficient time for successful implementation of the new vaccine requirements, California will not initiate the COVID-19 vaccine requirement adjustment process for the 2022-2023 school year and therefore any vaccine requirements will not be enforced. “Only after full FDA approval and no earlier than July 1, 2023,” according to a statement issued Thursday by the California Department of Public Health.

The Director of Public Health of the State Dr. Tomás Aragón said that despite the delay, he continued to “strongly encourage” all eligible residents – including children – to get the vaccines.

Vaccinations are available to anyone aged 5 and over, but so far only with an emergency license

Some districts had already taken action for the next school year, ahead of state action on Thursday.

Last month, members of the board of the Unified School District of San Diego voted unanimously for processing the vaccination requirements of students against COVID-19 of the district for the school year 2022-23.

The Unified School District of Los Angeles has imposed its own vaccination mandate for COVID, though it will not be formally enacted until at least this fall. Despite this delay, the district recently reported that 90% of students aged 12 and over have been vaccinated.

– The city news service and staff reports


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