California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced all eligible schoolchildren in the state must be vaccinated by 2022, becoming the first state to issue a vaccine mandate.
The state will require millions of students from grades 7 through 12 to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, and plans to phase in requirements for younger children once vaccines are approved for those age groups.
BREAKING: CA will require our kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine to come to school.
This will go into effect following full FDA approval.
Our schools already require vaccines for measles, mumps and more. Why? Because vaccines work.
This is about keeping our kids safe & healthy.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 1, 2021
Announcing the move on Friday, Mr Newsom said the move would go into effect following full approval by the Food and Drug Administration for children between the ages of 12 and 15 to receive the vaccine.