Arizona defies CDC, will not require COVID-19 vaccine for public school students

"This is just another example of how out of touch the federal government and its agencies are with everyday families."

Updated: October 24, 2022 - 5:55pm

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Arizona will not require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend public schools in the state, the legislature announced in a statement.

The state's Senate Majority Leadership Team, via an email press release, pointed to HB 2086, a now-signed law, that "clearly and explicitly states that COVID-19 vaccinations cannot be a requirement for school attendance in Arizona."

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the adult and childhood immunization schedules. The ACIP recommended the receipt of four shots in total, beginning at six-months-old.

Consequently, some states will now legally require that students receive the vaccine in compliance with CDC recommendations, but Arizona will not be among them. A majority of states use the ACIP vaccination schedule as a reference for their own laws. The CDC itself does not determine state policy on public school admissions in relation to vaccination status.

"This is just another example of how out of touch the federal government and its agencies are with everyday families. With Republicans currently in control of our state government, we can promise that we will never subject Arizonans to the requirement of an experimental vaccine that has raised questions over long-term health implications," Republican Senate President Karen Fann said of the ACIP vote.

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