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San Diego Unified could require vaccines for staff, eligible students

San Diego Unified, the state’s second largest school district, is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to require Covid-19 vaccinations by Dec. 20 for staff as well as students aged 16 and older, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The proposal in front of the board would make Covid-19 vaccinations required of staff and of students when a vaccine is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration for their age group, the Union-Tribune reported. The FDA so far has fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people aged 16 and older.

For students in an age group that a vaccine hasn’t been received full approval for, they would be required to be tested weekly for the virus.

Students who don’t get vaccinated would need to attend classes remotely via independent study, according to the Union-Tribune. The proposal would allow for medical exemptions.