California first state in US to require students, staff be vaccinated for COVID-19

California Gov. Gavin Newson speaks during a news conference after touring Barron Park Elementary School on March 02, 2021 in Palo Alto, California.
California Gov. Gavin Newson speaks during a news conference after touring Barron Park Elementary School on March 02, 2021 in Palo Alto, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all students – the first requirement of its kind in the United States.

Both public and private students at "elementary and secondary schools" will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the academic term or semester following full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the vaccine for their grade span – 7-12 and K-6.

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