San Diego Unified Passes Student Vaccine Mandate

California’s second-largest public school district has passed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students. Tuesday’s vote by the San Diego Unified Board of Education was unanimous.

For students ages 16 and up, the deadline for full vaccination is Dec. 20. The deadline for students ages 12 and up has yet to be determined and will depend on full FDA authorization. Students ages 5 and up will likewise be required to get vaccinated when the FDA gives full approval.

“Tonight we’re making a statement that we believe in the science, we believe in the process and that we are serious about this, that we want to protect children,” said school board Vice President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne.

SDUSD joins at least half a dozen other California school districts mandating student vaccines. These include Oakland, Piedmont, Hayward, Culver City, and Los Angeles Unified.

Read more from CBS8 and the San Diego Union Tribune