California delays student COVID-19 vaccine mandate

California will delay its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren until at least July 2023, state health officials announced Thursday.

The state will wait for the Food and Drug Administration to give full approval for the vaccines for those within the ages of 7th-12th grade, the California Department of Public Health said.

The state announced in October that full approval by the FDA was a precondition to initiating the process to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance.

“To ensure sufficient time for successful implementation of new vaccine requirements, California will not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year,” the department said. “As such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.”

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