The Department of Public Health says California no longer has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for K-12 schools.

Sacramento, California. California will not force children to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend schools.

The California Department of Public Health said Friday it is not studying emergency rules to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the mandatory school vaccination list.

This is contrary to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021 announcement that the state would add the COVID-19 vaccine to its list of mandatory vaccinations for school-going children. Last year, state officials delayed that requirement until at least the summer of 2023.

Now, public health officials say they are making no further efforts as the state prepares to end the coronavirus emergency on Feb. 28.

State health officials said they continue to “strongly recommend” immunizations for students and staff. They added that any changes to the requirements for the vaccine “are being duly regulated through the legislative process.”

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