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School leaders deal with 'confusion' created by Newsom's COVID-19 vaccine announcement

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Kern Medical vocational nurse Sarah Orozco prepares the Pfizer vaccine at Shafter High School in this April 29 file photo.

On Oct. 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to add the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccines for California students to attend school, once the vaccines received FDA approval.

The announcement made a splash, spurring both praise and protests. In the weeks since, many local school board meetings have been dominated by questions about how districts plan to enact a vaccine mandate. Some board members have staked out positions against a mandate.

You can reach Emma Gallegos at 661-395-7394.