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State senator’s bill would require all California students to be vaccinated against COVID

By Lin Taht, Los Angeles Daily News, January 24, 2022

State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, announced Monday, Jan. 24, legislation he’s sponsoring that would prohibit families from being able to claim a personal belief exemption when it comes to California’s COVID-19 student vaccine requirement, a mandate that could take effect as early as this fall. Read more here. To watch the press conference, featuring Dr. Lynn Silver, SOS Director, click here.

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Rapid COVID-19 Testing Proves a Key Tool for Safer In-Person Learning in California Schools

By Public Health Institute, July 14, 2021

“Rapid COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated staff and students at schools can act as an early warning system. When combined with masking and vaccination of all eligible staff and students, testing can prevent outbreaks and transmission back into the community as students return,” said Dr. Lynn Silver, pediatrician and director of the Safely Opening Schools project. Read more here.

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