Connecticut is taking away all non -free vaccinations for children in schools and daycares. The state legislator’s vote came after three years of debate and recording hours of public testimony.
Connecticut is now among the five other states which only allowed exemptions on medical school entry requirements: California, Maine, Mississippi, New York, and West Virginia. All children currently enrolled in kindergarten through high school will continue, however, to continue their non -medical immunization benefits.
“COVID-19 shows our country and neighbors the devastating effects that diseases can have on our ability to protect our children and be in school,” Pisani said. “Children can now be much safer thanks to Connecticut’s decision to eliminate medical exemptions – especially those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. ”
Most Connecticut Parents Support Vaccine Requirements
As anti-vaccine activists flew from across the country to protest the bill in the state capitol, most parents in Connecticut actually support vaccination.
In June 2020, VYF conducted an poll online of Connecticut residents showing up almost 9 out of 10 parents in the state believe that children should necessarily receive vaccines for school entry. In addition, 87% of adults across the state and across party lines agree that children should receive recommended immunizations against diseases in order to be enrolled in schools and daycares.
A Record of the Transferred
More than 2,500 people registered to witness the Public Health Committee’s latest 24-hour zoom. Due to the long questioning, at least 300 had a chance to speak.
Supporters of the research included numerous experts in the field of vaccines, members of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CT School Nurses Association.
A Reason to Keep the Step
Between 2009 and the most current data available for the 2019-2020 school year, the number of non-medical no permitting vaccinations required for school admission nearly a third of the CT, from 0.8% to 2.3%. The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination rate fell 2.3% in the same time period, from 98.5% to 96.2%. In the school year 2019-2020 at least 120 of 544 schools with 30 or more kindergarten students have MMR vaccination rates below 95%, which puts our communities at risk for the rapid spread of completely preventable diseases. That’s almost a quarter of all schools with at least 30 or more kindergarten students.
On the heels of COVID-19, we are unable to reverse the spread of a vaccine-preventable disease such as measles. Non -medical vaccine bans are increasing in many schools across the state, putting children at risk. Connecticut lawmakers and governors are doing the right thing to protect children by eliminating free religious vaccines.
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