VT House Panel Nixes Senate Vaccination Change

Apr 5, 2012

A Vermont House committee has reversed a Senate action and reinstated the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to meet requirements that their kids get vaccinations before attending school or child care.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Senate passed a bill — hotly opposed by some parents — that ended the philosophical exemption that allowed parents to let their children skip some or all immunizations on a state Health Department list of those kids should get before attending school.

Supporters of ending the philosophical exemption say immunizations are an important public health measure and that the philosophical exemption should be dropped. The House committee rejected that view on a six-four vote Wednesday.

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell says he's disappointed. Lawmakers will have to work out their differences in a conference committee.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News. 

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