Children may soon be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations, potentially helping California schools to fully reopen for in-person instruction.
The state aims to provide up to 75,000 vaccine access codes per week, according to new guidance.
Hours after Gov. Newsom said schools could reopen before teachers are vaccinated, five school unions rebut that and other points.
The teachers union wants most California schools to remain closed for 100 days while the state comes up with a plan to slow the spread of the virus and vaccinate school staff.
Teachers, school staff and child care workers are among those who could begin getting vaccinations as early as this week in some parts of the state.
State and federal health officials say prioritizing teachers and school staff will allow schools to reopen sooner for in-person instruction.
In response to declining immunization rates, school districts are increasing their outreach to parents and offering free clinics.
State health officials said parents likely were afraid to take their children to medical offices during the pandemic.
California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to sign legislation that tightens restrictions on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without all the required vaccinations if lawmakers promise to pass revisions in a second bill.
The bill would allow the state to review a medical exemption if a child attends a school with an immunization rate of less than 95 percent.
When school opened in 2018, charter and private schools reported lower vaccination rates than traditional public schools.
Proposed changes to California's 2015 vaccination law now being considered in the Legislature would limit medical exemptions.
Sen. Richard Pan is proposing a bill to curb medical exemptions for vaccinations of public school students.
As California's strict vaccination law turns a year old, vaccination rates have reached their highest levels.
The statewide rate for kindergartners who are vaccinated reaches 95.6 percent.