WA Board of Health votes 'no' on including COVID vaccine in child immunizations

The Washington Board of Health voted to not include the COVID-19 vaccine as a required immunization for kids going to school.

The board’s technical advisory group held a meeting Feb. 24, where they discussed updating the state’s list of required immunizations. Members put it to a vote and narrowly recommended to not include the COVID-19 vaccine on that list.

Health board members then held a public meeting Wednesday and ultimately adopted the advisory group’s recommendation.

Currently, the state requires children in school, preschool and childcare to be immunized against:

  • Chickenpox
  • Mumps
  • Diphtheria
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b disease
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Whooping cough/Pertussis
  • Measles

Families and their children can be exempt from these immunizations for medical, religious, philosophical or personal reasons. Only a medical or religious exemption is allowed for the MMR vaccine.

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