Public Health Committee Passes Vaccination Bill

Daniela Doncel
February 24, 2020 - 6:20 pm
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Hartford, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The legislature's Public Health Committee passed an amended bill Monday that would end the state's religious exemption of vaccines for children.

The bill, known as An Act Concerning Immunizations, was amended by the committee.

State Representative Sean Scanlon introduced the amendment which included the grandfathering of the bill, the inclusion of autoimmune disorders and the evaluation of vaccine-related data from the Department of Public Health and state education committees.

With this bill, religious exemption would no longer be available, so children would have to get vaccinated to attend public or private Connecticut schools.

A public hearing for the bill Wednesday, February 19, brought in hundreds to the State Capitol to voice their concerns for the controversial bill which lasted well into the next morning.

The bill passed with a 14-11 vote. It now moves on to the House of Representatives.