California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference after meeting students from James Denman Middle School in San Francisco, California, October 1, 2021.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that after obtaining full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, California will require students who attend school in person to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Newsom’s latest order is the first such order in the country and will be launched in two stages for students to learn face-to-face. The authorization will first take effect for students 12 years of age and older, and will take effect after the FDA fully approves students of the entire age group.
Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is currently only authorized for use in children aged 12 to 15 in emergency situations. The FDA approved the vaccine in August for use in children 16 years of age and older.
Newsom said that California will implement this authorization for students 12 years and older on January 1 at the earliest, but it may be implemented by July 1 at the latest, depending on the time of the FDA authorization.
Anti-vaccine protesters staged a protest outside the San Diego Unified School District office in San Diego, California on September 28, 2021, to protest the mandatory requirement for students to be vaccinated.
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After the FDA fully authorizes this age group, California will implement vaccine authorization for students under the age of 12 in the second phase.Pfizer Submitted preliminary trial data for children aged 5 to 11 to the FDA Last month, it was stated that it would apply for an emergency use authorization in the next few weeks.
The FDA has scheduled a meeting on October 26 to review Pfizer’s application for vaccination in this age group, so that it is possible to start vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years old before or shortly after Halloween.
Newsom said at a press conference: “Currently, we have at least one dose of vaccine for 63.5% of 12 to 17-year-olds in California.” “But we must do more-all eligible 84% of people received a dose, but for 12 to 17 people, we are not where we need it.”
According to data from its Department of Education, as of April, California had reported more than 6 million public school students.
Newsom previously issued a weekly test task for all school staff who have not been vaccinated on August 11. The governor added that he is waiting for further guidance from the Biden administration before formulating vaccine tasks for all school staff to match the upcoming student vaccine.
Similar testing requirements for California employees and healthcare workers who refuse to get vaccinated also came into effect in early August.
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