Louisiana students will not be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to go to school next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday, going back on a plan that met stiff opposition from GOP lawmakers.
In his speech on his monthly radio program, Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Health recommended the turnaround given the pace at which the vaccine has received full approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Under Edwards’ rule, as originally enacted, students aged 16 and over would, beginning in the fall, have to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit a waiver to attend public schools, colleges and universities.
Younger age groups would have been added when the FDA extended the full license. So far, however, the full approval has only been extended to persons aged 16 and over.
In a statement issued shortly after Edwards’ remarks, LDH said it “expected more age groups to have full FDA approval prior to the 2022-2023 school year.”
“The FDA has not yet fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those under 16; therefore, students in Louisiana at the beginning of the 2022 school year will not be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”
This is a development story. Come back later for updates.