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Student athletes become the latest target for school vaccine mandates


October 5, 2021

A head coach adjusts his face covering while addressing his players after a high school football game in California in March 2021. | Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

The battle to curb the spread of Covid-19 in schools is quickly moving to football fields and basketball courts.

While much of the pandemic-fueled culture war has centered on mask-wearing requirements in classrooms, major U.S. school systems are beginning to require teen athletes, band members and even after-school program participants to get vaccinated.

Eligible kids in Los Angeles public schools need their second dose of Pfizer's vaccine by Halloween to join in-person extracurricular activities, including sports and after-school programs. Students 12 years old and up in Washington, D.C., public schools must be fully vaccinated beginning Nov. 1 to participate in school athletics. New York City students in "high risk" public league sports and extracurriculars must also get shots, while Chicago Public Schools has announced an athlete vaccine-or-test requirement.


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