California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Schools



    After implementing first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination measures, California becomes the first state to announce plans to require student vaccinations – adding the COVID-19 vaccine to list of vaccinations required for school, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella

    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).


    SAN FRANCISCO – At a school in San Francisco, Governor Newsom announced plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend school in-person when the vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for middle and high school grades, making California the first state in the nation to announce such a measure. Following the other first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination measures, Governor Newsom announced the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for in-person school attendance—just like vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and more.


    “The state already requires that students are vaccinated against viruses that cause measles, mumps, and rubella – there’s no reason why we wouldn’t do the same for COVID-19. Today’s measure, just like our first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination requirements, is about protecting our children and school staff, and keeping them in the classroom,” said Governor Newsom. “Vaccines work. It’s why California leads the country in preventing school closures and has the lowest case rates. We encourage other states to follow our lead to keep our kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”


    California announces plans to add COVID-19 vaccine to list of required school vaccinations

    Thanks to the state’s bold public health measures, California continues to maintain the lowest case rate in the entire country and is one of only two states to have advanced out of the CDC’s ‘high’ COVID transmission category. More information about the announcement can be found here.

    The vast majority of school districts have reported that over 95% of students have returned to in-person instruction this school year, as can be seen on the state’s Student Supports & In-Person Dashboard. Thanks to unprecedented resources and public health measures (measures shown to be highly effective), California is leading national trends in preventing school closures and keeping kids in classrooms, accounting for only 14 out of over 2,000 school closures nationwide, or roughly 0.7% – despite the fact that California educates an estimated 12% of the nation’s public school students. If California’s rates had aligned with national trends, the state would have seen upwards of 240 school closures.


    In order to further protect students and staff and continue supporting a safe return to in-person instruction for all students, the Governor directed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to follow the procedures established by the Legislature to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance—such as measles, mumps, and rubella—pursuant to the Health and Safety Code. COVID-19 vaccine requirements will be phased-in by grade span, which will also promote smoother implementation.


    Upon full FDA approval of age groups within a grade span, CDPH will consider the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians prior to implementing a requirement. Following existing statute, full approval of ages 12+ corresponds to grades 7-12, and full approval of ages 5-11 corresponds to grades K-6. Students who are under the age of full approval, but within the grade span, will be required to be vaccinated once they reach the age of full approval (with a reasonable period of time to receive both doses), consistent with existing procedures for other vaccines. The requirement will take effect at the start of the term following full approval of that grade span, to be defined as January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. Based on current information, the requirement is expected to apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022. However, local health jurisdictions and local education agencies are encouraged to implement requirements ahead of a statewide requirement based on their local circumstances.


    Governor Newsom’s historic $123.9 billion Pre-K and K-12 education package is providing an unprecedented level of school and student funding to transform the state’s public schools into gateways of equity and opportunity, supporting the potential of every California student by: achieving universal transitional kindergarten for four-year-olds by 2025, expanding afterschool and summer programs, providing universal free school nutrition, increasing the number of well-prepared staff per pupil, creating full-service community schools to support the mental and social-emotional well-being of students, and more.

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  • September 27, 2021


    Some members of our communities, including classroom teachers, are now eligible for booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine. Booster shots are defined as a third shot following six months after the two-shot series of the Pfizer vaccine.

    CDPH released information last week on how it will proceed following the FDA’s authorization of Pfizer boosters for COVID-19.

     Who is eligible for boosters?

    • All eligible groups must be at least six months beyond their first series of vaccines (second dose) and must be fully vaccinated (two doses) 
    • Only those who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine
    • Adults over the age of 65
    • Individuals between the ages of 18-64 at high risk of severe disease (e.g. obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease)
    • Individuals 18-64 whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure puts them at higher risk (including health care workers, teachers, grocery store workers, those living in shelters or prison settings)
    • It is recommended that individuals in this category, including classroom teachers, between the ages of 50-64 should obtain a booster.

    Where can I get a booster?

    • At this time, Alameda County Public Health is not disseminating boosters through its vaccine clinics as work continues on ensuring that community members receive their first and second vaccine doses.
    • MyTurn is set up for "3rd dose" scheduling, including boosters.
    • It is recommended that individuals seek boosters through their health care providers as well as local pharmacies, where appointments can be booked online.

    Will those eligible for a booster now be considered not fully vaccinated if they don’t get a booster?

     No. The definition of fully vaccinated is not changing. To ensure adequate time for an immune response to occur, a person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    Do I need to show proof of my occupation?

    Appointments at pharmacies require self-attestation of eligibility. Health care providers will have their own process for confirming eligibility.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Alameda County
    Education workforce vaccine effort gives way to youth vaccines for ages 12-17

    ACOE and Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) are collaborating to connect students ages 12 and older to vaccination opportunities; vaccine eligibility in California include ages 12 and older as of May 12. 

    Due to the collaborative efforts of ACOE and ACPHD, virtually all TK-12 education personnel in Alameda County have been offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine since the education sector became eligible on February 8.

    Eligible individuals who are seeking a vaccination appointment can find links and information on this page.

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Vaccination Updates

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Vaccine Questions for the Alameda County Education Community

    The Alameda County Public Health Department has answers to frequently asked vaccine questions on its website. Information below is to address common questions from the education community.

    Who can get vaccinated in Alameda County?

    Those 12 and older are eligible for vaccination in Alameda County.

    Ages 12 and older are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine with parent/guardian consent. Learn more about the California Department of Public Health's Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance here

    Ages 18 and older are authorized to receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

    Should I continue to get tested for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated?

    If you have symptoms and believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. Tests for COVID-19 work the same in vaccinated people as they do in unvaccinated people. Click here to find a testing site in Alameda County. 

    How long will it take to vaccinate all those who wish to be vaccinated?

    The effort to vaccinate all eligible individuals who wish to be vaccintated will likely take months, even as supply increases. Please continue to consistently implement layers of safety with masks, distancing, and hygiene.

    What process is in place to approve COVID-19 vaccines?

    COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage to find updated information on the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) issued by the FDA for COVID-19 vaccines.

    What is the cost of vaccinations?

    Vaccines are provided at no cost.

  • My Vaccine Record allows Californians to download a digital version of their CDC COVID-19 vaccine card. Visit

    The digital record includes the same information as the paper vaccine card. The QR code confirms the vaccine record is officially issued by the State of California.