Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision that all students must be vaccinated before they can attend school was met with protests from more than a thousand people who gathered before the California Capitol.
State officials have said the requirement could begin as early as next fall.
California has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country — over 85% of people 12 and older have gotten at least one shot, and 72% are fully vaccinated. But as in other places, the state has a vocal minority skeptical of both the vaccine and the government’s assurances of its safety.
Newsom’s mandate won’t take effect until the school term that starts after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval. The mandate would be phased in starting with seventh-12th grades, followed by students in K-6th grades.