PA Senate Moves to Block K-12 Vaccine Mandates

PA Senate Moves to Block K-12 Vaccine Mandates

( – COVID-19 took the world by surprise, leading to a rush in the development of vaccines against the virus. In the United States, politics seem to play a major part in some people’s feelings about the vaccine and who should receive it. Most Americans aren’t anti-vaccine, but they’re against forcing people to take the inoculation.

Despite Pennsylvania not having an active requirement for children in grades K-12 to receive the vaccine, the state’s senate has made moves to block a mandate. Republican Pennsylvania state senators voted to pass the legislation banning any mandate on December 13 with the vote falling along party lines in the upper chamber.

The 28-21 vote amends the Public School Code of 1949, adding an exception for the COVID-19 immunization. The legislation adds schools cannot require children to take the vaccine in order for them to attend classes. Pennsylvania state code does require children receive vaccinations for polio, tetanus, measles, chickenpox, rubella, Hepatitis B, mumps, pertussis and diphtheria under Pennsylvania Code §23.83. Proof of immunity is acceptable in place to measles, mumps and rubella inoculations.

The state’s senate Democrats pushed back against Senate Bill 937. Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf (D), will likely veto the senate’s legislation as he has mentioned he has no plan to implement such mandates.

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