Republican Bob Stefanowski said his courtship of voters opposed to vaccine mandates does not signal a personal skepticism about vaccines.
CT’s Religious Exemption from Mandatory School Vaccinations
Connecticut will no longer allow religious exemptions from mandatory school vaccinations starting Sept. 1, 2022.
In 2021, Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly moved to repeal religious exemptions from mandatory school vaccinations. Children in pre-kindergarten, day care or those new to the school system will no longer be able to claim the exemption starting Sept. 1, 2022. Children who are already in kindergarten through 12th grade can remain exempt for the remainder of their academic careers.
The law has prompted challenges in court and is emerging as an issue in the 2022 statewide elections.
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Federal lawsuit takes on CT’s law ending religious exemptions for vaccines
The plaintiffs asked a judge to find the law unconstitutional and to grant a permanent injunction.
Senate votes to repeal CT’s religious exemption to mandatory vaccinations
Senators voted 22 to 14 in favor of the proposal after more than eight hours of debate.
Bill that would eliminate CT’s religious exemption from mandatory vaccines clears House
The measure passed by a vote of 90 to 53 after 16 hours of debate.
Effort to remove CT’s religious exemption from childhood vaccinations heads to House – and Senate
It’s unclear which chamber will take up the proposal first.
Proposal to eliminate CT’s religious exemption for mandatory vaccines is headed for a vote. Here’s what’s in the bill.
Although the legislature’s public health committee has until April 7 to advance the bill, a vote is expected Wednesday.
Legislators hear testimony on proposals to eliminate religious vaccine exemption
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.
Sixth graders and younger would not be eligible to claim religious exemption to vaccines under latest bill
In the latest version, only children in seventh grade or higher would be permitted to continue claiming the religious exemption.
Lawmakers are preparing for another push to eliminate CT’s religious exemption from vaccines. The COVID-19 shot is complicating that.
Critics worry the state will someday make the COVID-19 shot mandatory for school-aged children.
Childhood immunizations dropped sharply during pandemic
Vaccinations decreased in March, April and May. Last month, families began returning to doctors’ offices for shots.
Proponents of bill ending Connecticut’s religious exemption to vaccines eye special session for vote
Lawmakers are also considering an amendment that would bar families from claiming a religious exemption to a future COVID-19 vaccine.