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State health workgroup's tight vote opposes requiring COVID vaccine to atttend school as part of immunization regimen

A state advisory group last week forwarded a mixed “no” recommendation to the state Board of Health on whether to make it state law that children be immunized against COVID-19 to enter any school or licensed child care.
The advisory group’s final vote Feb. 24 was 6 “yes,” 7 “no” and 4 voting “unsure” about the recommendation.
The state Board of Health will have the ultimate say.
Last week, the advisory group also considered how there are barriers for some parents to arrange getting children vaccinated for COVID-19, and these barriers disproportionately affect communities of color. They also expressed uncertainty about the public’s acceptance toward making the COVID-19 vaccine a school immunization requirement, according to a meeting recap published by the state.
The board has the legal authority over which immunizations are required to attend school.

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