Wondering about vaccination requirements for school children?
There’s a lot in the news about COVID-19 vaccinations for children, and we understand that may have parents asking how this impacts California’s education plans, and in particular, Clovis Unified’s plans. In addition to the timeline below outlining key dates about youth vaccinations and educator testing, the following are answers to questions we have been hearing. (Keep checking back for updates and more FAQs as we continue to monitor the evolving conditions at: https://www.cusd.com/2021-22SchoolYear.aspx
. We are committed to keeping you informed!)Q: How does the recent FDA Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 vaccination for children 5-11 years old affect my Clovis Unified experience?A:
COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently required for children attending Clovis Unified schools. The recent Oct. 29 FDA approval of the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, nor the May 10 FDA approval of Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine for kids 12 to 15, do not trigger Governor Newsom’s directive that California students be vaccinated.
In October, the Governor announced that sometime after
the FDA gives Full Approval (and not Emergency Use approval) of the COVID-19 vaccination for children, that vaccination requirements for California students will be “phased-in by grade spans, grades K-6 and grades 7-12.” (See our news article here
for more details on the Governor’s October announcement.) The dates of the FDA providing full approval or the implementation of the Governor’s mandate have not yet been announced by their offices.
The California Department of Public Health is currently developing the regulation directed by the Governor, a draft of which has not yet been released for the required public comment period. Q: In light of the FDA issuing Emergency Use Authorization COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds, is Clovis Unified conducting vaccinations on school campuses?
The district does not have plans to offer vaccinations at our school sites outside of voluntary family clinics hosted by community-based groups similar to those that have been offered in the past. Q: Does the emergency permission form parents sign for schools to treat their student in an emergency mean schools can give students the vaccination?
No. The emergency permission for a school to treat a student in an emergency does not apply to COVID 19 vaccination.Q: My child is 16, and the FDA has given Full Authorization for vaccination for ages 16 and above. Is my child now required to be vaccinated in order to attend school?
No, not at this time. The Governor’s vaccination and education plan says that the state’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will become effective only after
full authorization is approved for kids, and that COVID-19 requirements will be phased-in by grade spans of grades K-6 and grades 7-12. Those dates are currently unknown. At this point, the Governor has indicated new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students would not take effect in the middle of a school term (semester/quarter).Q: Can I get my child vaccinated for COVID-19 now that the FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization for kids ages 5-15?
All children ages 5 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Free vaccinations for children are being offered in the community, and parents are encouraged to discuss this with their child’s healthcare provider. Information is also available through the California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
or to find a clinic or schedule an appointment visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/
.Q: How can I find out more about the FDA’s recent Emergency Use Authorization for kids?