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California ditches COVID-19 vax mandate for students

By Joe Hiti,

2023-02-07

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021 state policy that would have required all children in the state to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend schools has been reversed, state public health officials shared.

The California Department of Public Health shared a statement last Friday, saying the state has decided against adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required shots to attend public school in the state, FoxLA reported.

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If there was a decision to go forward with the initial plan to do so, it would need to be accomplished through the state legislature, the statement shared.

The department shared that it is “not currently exploring emergency rulemaking to add COVID-19 vaccinations to the list of required school vaccinations, but we continue to strongly recommend COVID-19 immunization for students and staff to keep everyone safer in the classroom.”

This is not the first COVID-19 vaccine mandate to be walked back by government officials.

Most recently, the Department of Justice said it was dropping its COVID-19 vaccine mandated for military members. In a memo , Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also shared that the discharging of troops who refused the mandate has also been stopped.

“The Department will continue to promote and encourage Covid-19 vaccination for all service members,” Austin said in the memo. “Vaccination enhances operational readiness and protects the force.”

California is set to end its coronavirus emergency order at the end of February, which will take away some of Newsom’s authority to quickly alter or change laws in the state.

Newsom’s plan for having school-age children receive the vaccine was initially pushed back to summer 2023, but now, it has been halted altogether.

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