DC legislators discuss mandate on student vaccine | WDVM25 and DCW50

WASHINGTON (WDVM) – The deadline for teachers, staff and athlete students to be vaccinated in DC Public Schools is Monday, November 1st. Prior to that, DC lawmakers are discussing making the vaccine mandatory for students.

This happens in the same week that the FDA approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. At the most recent public hearing, the DC Council heard from parents on both sides of the vaccine debate. DC Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn called the legislation “hasty” and is concerned it will create more confusion and pressure on schools.

The legislation has the support of at least six of the council’s 13 members, but Mayor Muriel Bowser said she is not ready to take that step.

“We did not have an immediate mandate on adults, and I do not think I would support an immediate mandate on children,” Bowser said. “Our priority is to ensure that our children are safe and that everyone who is eligible is vaccinated, but also that everyone can go to school.”

This law could make vaccines required as early as December 15th. The district also announced its vaccination plan, which includes pop-up vaccination sites for schools.

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