Statewide Proof of Vaccination or Testing for All Teachers

Love Thy Neighbor

In an effort to keep schools open and students attending class in person, Governor Newsom on Wednesday announced a new proof of vaccination or weekly testing policy for all public and private school teachers in California.

All K-12 educators have until Oct. 15 to be fully vaccinated or will be subject to weekly testing. 

The Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops have all addressed the importance of vaccination.

California is the second state to require teachers to vaccinate but the first to require private school teachers.

“Beyond simply protecting their own health and safety,” say the California Bishops in their statement, “Catholics also have an obligation to protect their family, friends and community by vaccinating as soon as feasible in accordance with public health guidelines and protocols in their area.  One should always consult with their doctor regarding any personal medical concerns.”

COVID-19 requirements and mandates continue to change rapidly as the number of infections continues to rise. Visit your local public health department for the latest COVID-19 conditions and click here to find comprehensive COVID and vaccination resources.  Always check with your diocese or parish for any particular changes locally.

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