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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update

April 19, 2022

Dear OUHSD Families;

Last Thursday, California Department of Public Health announced that any state requirement for students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will not take effect before July 1, 2023.

When Gov. Gavin Newsom previously announced plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for K-12 students, the state said full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was a precondition to starting the process.

To date, federal officials have granted emergency-use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines to be given to children 5 and older, but they have yet to fully authorize shots for students under the age of 16. Even if that changes between now and the next school year, the CDPH said in a statement that it would “not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year and as such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.”

In a related development, Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) also withdrew a bill that would have required all California students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in 2023. The legislation would have also eliminated personal exemptions. Once vaccines are fully approved for students younger than 16, CDPH officials will consider the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians before implementing a requirement.

If this recent development is prompting a change in your decision to enroll (or keep) your student in independent study for the 2022-23 school year, and you would like to enroll them on campus, please contact your student’s counselor as soon as possible to request this change.

Respectfully,

Dr. Corey Willenberg
Superintendent