Could sixth-graders get vaccines without parents’ consent under this California plan?
Lauren Burks, 13, gets her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in May at Natomas High School in Sacramento. - Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers this year set out to advance bills that would require COVID-19 vaccines for more people and would make them easier to access. They have largely failed on the vaccine mandate front. This spring, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, pulled bills that would have required vaccines for all California workers and would have added the COVID-19 shot to a list of immunizations students need to attend school. Now, just one major vaccine bill remains. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Senate Bill 866 from Sen...