A Hudson Valley school district is mandating vaccines for a number of students.
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Yonkers Public Schools announced that any student 16 or older who wishes to play a sport this year must be vaccinated. Fall sports athletes must have at least one dose of the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine by Sept. 27. This also applies to all coaches.
Pfizer's vaccine approval is currently pending for people 12 and older. It is expected to be approved in the near future. Once approved Yonkers student-athletes 12 to 16 will also need to be vaccinated to play a sport, school officials confirmed.
Requests for a valid medical exemption must be submitted to the Yonkers school district's health services department.
Winter and spring athletes, 16 and older, must also be vaccinated. A vaccination deadline has yet to be released. Students can get vaccinated at any Westchester County vaccine clinic or at school.
On top of being vaccinated all Yonkers student-athletes are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.
"All student-athletes are required to randomly participate in weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Testing," Yonkers Public Schools said in a letter to parents, obtained by Hudson Valley Post. "The testing is required for vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes and it is not optional."
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