Children in California won’t have to get the COVID vaccine to attend schools because the state’s mandate has been lifted.
This ends one of the last major restrictions of the pandemic in the nation’s most populated state. Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the policy in 2021, saying it would eventually apply to all of California’s 6.7 million public and private schoolchildren. Nearly all of the pandemic restrictions put in place by Newsom have been lifted, and he won’t be able to issue any new ones after February 28th when the state’s Corona virus emergency declaration officially ends.
One of the last remaining questions was what would happen to the state’s vaccine mandate for schoolchildren, a policy that came from the California department of public health and was not impacted by the lifting of the emergency declaration.
On Friday, the department of public health confirmed it was backing off its original plan.