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Vaccination Information for Children
Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
On November 2, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that children ages 5 – 11 are now eligible for the 2-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read the CDC announcement here. CUSD will not administer vaccines.
Vaccines are free to everyone ages 5 and up and appointments can be scheduled through My Turn, (MyTurn.ca.gov) or at local pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid. Given the availability and easy access to COVID-19 vaccines throughout Orange County, CUSD will not host vaccination clinics on our school campuses and facilities. Only one CUSD school, Union High School, was previously used for community COVID-19 vaccination support by the Orange County Healthcare Agency and was not used as a student vaccination site.
The recent CDC announcement does not change the timeframe of the state’s TK-12 vaccination mandate that was announced on October 1, 2021.
Details of Governor Newsom’s October 1 vaccination mandate announcement:
COVID-19 requirements will apply to all “pupil[s] of any private or public elementary or secondary school[s].” (HSC section 120335(b)).
This mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance. (HSC section 120335(f)). A student who is not vaccinated may remain enrolled in independent study, but may not attend in-person instruction.
Requirements established by regulation, not legislation, must be subject to exemptions “for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.” (HSC section 120338).
Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and k-6).
The regulations will take effect at the start of the following term, meaning either January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. (Education Code 37200). This will also give both parents and schools sufficient time to prepare and implement.
The Governor has also directed that adults be held to at least the same standards as students for the COVID-19 vaccine. While currently, California requires all K-12 staff to verify their vaccination status or be tested weekly, all staff will be required to be vaccinated no later than when the requirement takes effect for students