May 13, 2021

Will CA teens need COVID vaccine to return to school in fall?

The FDA’s authorization this week of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 has many California parents wondering: Will they have to get their middle and high school kids vaccinated to send them back to classrooms this fall?

For now, a requirement for middle and high schoolers this fall seems unlikely. Regulatory and legislative steps that stand in the way would take months to resolve, and there’s little appetite now even among California’s most ardent vaccine boosters to push for a mandate.

But it’s not out of the question that such a requirement could be imposed later in the school year or the following year if schools start seeing outbreaks.

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