After CCUSD’s vaccine mandate for all eligible students, teachers and staff broke new ground as the first mandate of its kind in the nation, other school districts across the country are beginning to discuss and approve similar mandates of their own.
On Thursday, Aug 26, 2021, the Pasadena Unified School District announced that it would require vaccines and weekly testing for all eligible students, 12 and older.
“By requiring vaccinations and/or testing for eligible students we will be able to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks that could trigger classroom closures allowing students to remain at the school sites for in-person learning,” that district said in a staff report.
CCUSD Superintendent Quoc Tran said he is pleased that CCUSD is leading the way and was encouraged by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) move on Monday to grant the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine full approval as yet another scientific endorsement that vaccines are the best way to address the spread of the virus.
That move is expected to boost vaccinations and spark more mandates nationwide.
The federal agency reached the milestone of issuing the first complete authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine after an approximately three-month review of Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech’s application to the FDA for full approval.
The vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty, with the full authorization applying to vaccine recipients age 16 and older, the FDA announced in a release. The FDA’s emergency use authorization will remain in place for those between the ages of 12 and 15.
The emergency use authorization also still applies for a third dose for immunocompromised people.