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California first state to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or regular testing for teachers, school staff

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced that teachers and other school staff will be required to get vaccinated or agree to get regularly tested.

Why it matters: California is the first state in the U.S. to impose such a requirement. Most states are allowing individual school districts to decide on vaccine and mask requirements.


  • School districts in San Francisco, Oakland Sacramento, and Long Beach have already made vaccines mandatory.
  • California also recent instituted a vaccine mandate for health care workers

Details: The mandate will go into effect August 12, and schools must be in full compliance by October 15.

What they're saying: “To give parents confidence that their children are safe as schools return to full, in-person learning, we are urging all school staff to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are how we will end this pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “As a father, I look forward to the start of the school year and seeing all California kids back in the classroom.”

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