Gov. Gavin Newsom to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for schoolchildren

October 1, 2021


California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that the state will mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children to attend schools in-person.

The mandate will take effect following the vaccine gaining full federal Food and Drug Administration approval. Initially, the mandate will apply to seventh through 12th grade students. Later, it will apply to kindergarten through sixth grade students.

Newsom’s announcement makes California the first state in the country to declare its intent to require schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Our schools already require vaccines for measles, mumps and more. Why? Because vaccines work,” Newsom stated in a tweet. “This is about keeping our kids safe and healthy.”

While speaking at a middle school in San Francisco on Friday, Newsom said the mandate will contain exemptions for medical reasons and for personal and religious beliefs. Students who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to complete courses at home.

Newsom’s decision to mandate the vaccine for schoolchildren follows some school districts in the state announcing their own mandates. Newsom encouraged more districts to take similar action to speed up the process of requiring the vaccine for in-person schooling.


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I believe I heard that hospitalizations are up in kids with covid but death is not…so is it better for them to survive covid or get vaccinated before we get a broader agreement on the safety of it for kids….

It seems to me we have differing medical opinions on that…so maybe Newsom is just feeling his oats after surviving a recall….

This is a free nation do what you think is right for your child….

Jorge Estrada

Just something else he can be first at. Add this to you decision process, I have friends that have left the state for a better education for their children.


What does Newsom’s mandating vaccinations have to do with educational quality? The only connection I can see are fewer breaks in learning caused by illness, healthier children.

Who knows how many childrens’ lives will be saved by these vaccinations?

Sure move to a low vaccination deep red State. You could pick Alaska!

I’ll take California. Ciao!


The vaccine only helps with a better outcome for most. If the vaccine was going up against the original coronavirus it would be more effective but it’s not. Big pharma said they could make a new vaccine in 3 months so where’s the vaccine for delta? Previous infection is the same as getting the vaccine and it’s really up to each individual if they want to get it. It would be a no brainer if it stopped transmission but it doesn’t it’s an ever changing virus that will keep mutating and killing. This country couldn’t do what was needed early on so now it’s going to be with us forever. Masks, social distancing and testing is how you control transmission.

kevin rise

The sky is falling oh no.


Homeschool…bleed the beast


THAT explains … homeschooled, lacking a broad exposure to rational scientific thought.

The beast … some minds revolve around hobgoblins and thinking more appropriate to the middle ages.

Adam Trask

A good step to finally stamp out this pandemic in California.


Covid 19 is endemic. There will be no stamping out.