Contra Costa County, California – Governor Gavin Newsom’s declaration that the COVID-19 vaccine would be added to the list of vaccinations required for in-person school attendance for kids and all school workers received approval from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey.
After Covid-19 vaccinations get FDA approval for that age range, they will be required for students beginning the following semester.
It is expected to apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022. A vaccine mandate for grades K-6 will follow once it receives approval for that age range.
However, the Governor’s announcement encourages local health jurisdictions and local education agencies to implement requirements ahead of a statewide requirement based on their local circumstances.
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, schools have faced many challenges and developed new solutions to mitigate the effects of the virus on our communities. From safety procedures and testing protocols to cleaning standards and vaccination requirements, schools districts have implemented and refined many of the practices currently in place. I look forward to working with county health services to ensure that all students and staff get vaccinated as quickly as possible to comply with the new mandate announced by Governor Newsom and ensure the long-term health of our county, especially those communities that have been severely impacted by Covid-19,” Superintendent Mackey said.