October 1 (WNN) — California will require all school children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend public school, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday.
This requirement will go into effect once the Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine for children.
“Our schools already need vaccines for measles, mumps and more,” Newsom tweeted. “Why? Because vaccines work.
“It’s about keeping our kids safe and healthy.”
Newsom announced the new requirement during a San Francisco elementary school attendance.
He said the requirement would be passed to grade groups — K-6 and 7-12 — pending FDA approval. The agency fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, marketed as Comirnati, in August for people 16 years of age and older. The vaccine has emergency use authorization for children 12 to 15 years old.
Non-vaccinated students can still attend California public schools through an independent study program.