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CDC paves way for California to require school COVID vaccines — but lawmakers have given up for now

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine being administered

Aevin Lee, 2, received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the arms of his mother, Dr. Jennifer Su, at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on June 21, 2022.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination advisors voted last week to recommend all children get the COVID-19 vaccine, a move that does not change California’s list of vaccines required for children to attend school. 

The addition of the COVID-19 vaccine to the CDC’s recommended vaccines for kids is not a mandate for states’ school attendance requirements. Any additions to California’s list must be made by the state Legislature or the state Department of Public Health. In the last 12 months, the Newsom administration and the Legislature separately tried to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for kids to attend school, and both failed.

People involved in those efforts said they do not expect the Legislature to consider a mandate for children again next year, barring a big spike in hospitalizations or deaths.

This article was republished with permission from CalMatters.  You can read more of their coverage of California state government on their website CalMatters.org

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