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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that all students in K-12 schools in the state will have access to COVID-19 after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the vaccines for use in children under the age of 16. have to be vaccinated against. It has become the first state to do so.

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The scheme will include the COVID-19 vaccination in the list of essential immunizations that are required for students to start school.

Once the FDA fully approves the COVID-19 vaccination for children between the ages of 12 and 15, the state will require students between seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated, and those between the ages of 5 and 11. It will be needed for kindergarten through sixth grade once the vaccine is approved for age.

The governor’s office said the mandate could take effect as early as January, but is projected to be implemented as early as the 2022-2023 school year, According To KTLA.

Pfizer-BioEntech and Moderna Vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization to vaccinate people over the age of 12, while full approval for the Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine has been granted to those 16 years of age and older.

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55.1%. This is the percentage of California children aged 12-17 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, According For the state tracker, that amounts to more than 1.7 million children. As of now, 36.5% or about 1.1 million children in this age group have not yet received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Some California school districts require COVID-19 vaccination for students who are already eligible to receive the vaccine. The Los Angeles school district, the second largest in the US with more than 600,000 students, will require students over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination by January 10 to attend classes. Culver City Unified in California, which has more than 7,000 students, will also require students to show proof that they have received the vaccine by November 19. California currently requires school teachers and staff to undergo vaccinations or weekly by October 15. test.

The Los Angeles School District will require eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (Businesshala)

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