Republican Ron DeSantis of Florida is among the governors who have vowed that COVID-19 shots won’t be mandated for schoolchildren in his state in the wake of a CDC panel’s decision to recommend adding the vaccine to the routine childhood immunization schedule.
Some states, such as Massachusetts and Virginia, simply adopt the CDC schedule while others rely on the agencies guidance.
But others have laws in place barring schools from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students.
Here’s how some states, as the Daily Caller News Foundation reports, are handling the CDC recommendation:
Wyoming: Republican Gov. Mark Gordon’s office said the governor “has not mandated vaccines for adults or children, and believes that COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice.”
Iowa: A law went effect in July that exempts students in K-12 schools from vaccine requirements until 2029, the Des Moines Register reported.
Oklahoma: A 2021 law prohibits schools from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine to attend the school. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday, “Regardless of what the CDC says, as long as I am governor, we will never force kids to get a COVID vaccine to go to school.”
Montana: A law barring discrimination based on one’s vaccination status applies to all “educational opportunities.”
Indiana: Public school districts by law are prohibited from requiring students, employees and parents to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
West Virginia: No state entity can require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter or utilize services.
South Carolina: School districts can’t require the COVID-19 vaccine for student attendance. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster told the DCNF that “as long as I am governor, I will never let the federal government – or anyone else – force the COVID-19 vaccine on South Carolina school children.”
Florida: Educational institutions are prohibited from enacting a COVID-19 mandate.
Georgia: School districts can’t require the vaccine to receive an education.
Mississippi: Schools are prohibited from requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine to attend.
Arkansas: Vaccine passports are banned, “including as a condition for education.”
Arizona: A law bars the COVID-19 vaccine from being required to attend the school.
The website ProCon.org shows points out that all 50 states allow medical exemptions, 44 allow religious exemptions and 15 allow philosophical – or personal belief – exemptions.