Likely that Washington schools will eventually require students to get COVID vaccine

Could the COVID-19 vaccine soon join the list of requirements for children to attend school in Washington? According to Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, it’s likely more a question of when than if.

State superintendent: Still a chance of school closures, but decision will fall to districts

Currently, schools require students to be vaccinated against Hepatitis-B, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, with exceptions carved out for those who have approved religious or health reasons. In 2019, the state Legislature passed a bill removing the exemption for personal and philosophical reasons for the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

The decision to expand that list falls to the state

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