California Becomes First U.S. State To Require Covid-19 Vaccination For Students, Governor Says

It is the first state to do so.

Requirements will be rolled out gradually by grade groups (7-12 and K-6) and will begin for each group only after the Food and Drug Administration fully approves the vaccine for that cohort, the governor’s office said in a statement from press.

“We intend to (have the requirement) once the FDA has fully approved the vaccine, which will give us time to work with districts, it will give us time to work with parents and educators to build more trust, and develop logistics for that we can fulfill what we are promoting here today, “Newsom said.

Students who are in grades that require vaccines but are younger than the age group for which the FDA approves vaccines should receive the vaccine once they reach the age of full approval, the governor’s office said.

The requirement will go into effect at the beginning of the period following full FDA approval for that grade group, either January 1 or July 1, the governor’s office added in its statement.

“Based on current information, the requirement is expected to apply to grades 7-12 beginning July 1, 2022,” the statement said. “However, local health jurisdictions and local education agencies are encouraged to implement requirements before a state requirement based on their local circumstances.”

The mandate will be a condition of attendance in person, although independent study is an option for unvaccinated students. The effort is aimed at protecting children and keeping them learning in person, Newsom’s office said.

“This will accelerate our effort to put this pandemic behind us,” Newsom told CNN’s Ana Cabrera minutes after making the announcement. “We already require 10 vaccines. In many ways … it is probably the most predictable announcement.”

“I have four young children. I can’t take this anymore. I’m like most parents, I want to put this behind us, get this economy moving again, make sure our children never have to worry about getting a call saying no. he can go to school the next day because one of the children or a staff member tested positive, “added the governor.

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FDA Pfizer licensed Covid-19 vaccine to include 12-15 year olds in May. And in August the agency granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for people over 16 years of age.
At the end of last month, Pfizer and BioNTech shelp they sent Covid-19 vaccine data in children 5 to 11 years old to the FDA for an initial review, but they are not yet requesting an emergency use authorization. A formal filing requesting emergency use authorization for the vaccine is expected to take place in the coming weeks, the companies said.
Modern has also submitted data to the FDA for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine in people 18 years of age and older and has requested a priority review from the agency. Have also filed with the FDA for emergency use authorization for children 12 to 17 years old.
Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine has been authorized for people 18 years of age and older, you have not yet applied for full FDA approval of the vaccine. The company says it is in “active discussions with regulatory authorities regarding our development plan and test designs” for teens and children and expects to begin testing in the fall.

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