State Delays Decision on Student COVID-19 Vaccinations

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MCUSD Superintendent, Jeff Aranguena provided the following statement Thursday evening via email regarding Covid-19 vaccine requirements in schools:

“The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet fully approved COVID-19 vaccines for individuals of all ages within the 7–12 grade span. The State of California announced last October that full approval by the FDA was a precondition to initiating the rulemaking process to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance—such as measles, mumps, and rubella—pursuant to California’s Health and Safety Code. To ensure sufficient time for successful implementation of new vaccine requirements, California will not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year and as such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.”

Earlier in the day, Aranguena had also shared the “breaking news” out of Sacramento regarding Senate Bill 871 (SB-871), “Senator Richard Pan announced his student vaccine mandate bill, SB-871 will not move forward this session. The news comes just 24 hours after Senator Pan appeared as a guest on the ACSA Legislative Lunch Break to promote the bill.”

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