• The San Juan Daily Star

Gov’t plans to require COVID vaccine for minors 5-11 to attend school

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Monday that as soon as the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are established for the vaccination of minors ages five and older against the coronavirus, they will be added as a requirement for attending school in Puerto Rico.

“The guideline is going to be that all students must be vaccinated from the age of five, if they wish to continue with face-to-face education,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “That will be the guideline.”

Pierluisi said the plan establishes that by mid-January 2022, all students who do not have a valid excuse must be vaccinated.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11.

The authorization was based on the FDA’s comprehensive and transparent evaluation of data that included input from experts from the independent advisory committee who voted overwhelmingly in favor of making the vaccine available to children in the 5-11 age group.

The vaccination guidelines have yet to be approved by the CDC.

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