California’s Child Vaccination Push Hits the Skids
California health officials announced Thursday that the state will delay its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students until at least July 2023.
The state will await full FDA authorization before implementing vaccine requirements for school children. The FDA has given emergency authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine in those under 16 years of age, but has not yet given final approval.
Once the FDA signs off, the state will consider recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, before implementing a school vaccine mandate.
Once a mandate is in place, it will be fairly easy to get out of. A bill that would have prohibited the use of personal belief exemptions to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine was shelved by its author, State Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), last week.
"Until children's access to COVID vaccination is greatly improved, I believe that a state-wide policy to require COVID vaccination in schools is not the immediate priority, although it is an appropriate safety policy for many school districts in communities with good vaccine access," said Pan.