Nearly 15% of the students enrolled at Connecticut community colleges have received non-medical exemptions from the system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a rate that administrators suggested could be brought down with efforts to educate students about the vaccine. Of the 37,116 students enrolled at the state’s community colleges this semester, 71% are fully or partially vaccinated; 5,479 […]
Officials are investigating how many long-term care workers got COVID-19 vaccine exemptions from a doctor accused of handing them out.
Proposals on everything from cameras in nursing homes to government-sponsored insurance for small businesses and nonprofits were floated this session.
The plaintiffs asked a judge to find the law unconstitutional and to grant a permanent injunction.
Senators voted 22 to 14 in favor of the proposal after more than eight hours of debate.
The measure passed by a vote of 90 to 53 after 16 hours of debate.
It’s unclear which chamber will take up the proposal first.
Although the legislature’s public health committee has until April 7 to advance the bill, a vote is expected Wednesday.
Nearly 2,000 people signed up to speak at a public hearing that began at 9 a.m. and is expected to run no more than 24 hours.
In the latest version, only children in seventh grade or higher would be permitted to continue claiming the religious exemption.
Critics worry the state will someday make the COVID-19 shot mandatory for school-aged children.
Vaccinations decreased in March, April and May. Last month, families began returning to doctors’ offices for shots.
Lawmakers are also considering an amendment that would bar families from claiming a religious exemption to a future COVID-19 vaccine.
As thousands of angry parents protested Monday, lawmakers advanced a bill eliminating the religious exemption to vaccines.
Lawmakers pledged to include feedback from Wednesday’s public hearing in later versions of the bill.