CT lawmakers vote to end religious exemptions for school vaccines, sending bill to Gov. Lamont
The state Senate voted along party lines to add Connecticut to a small list of states eliminating religious exemption for students who do not want to get vaccinated but want to attend public schools.
Medical exemptions would still be allowed and the COVID-19 vaccine is not included.
The vote came after hours of debate and protest from thousands of parents and children who say the bill is classic government overreach.
They say Connecticut already has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.
The bill will now go to Gov. Ned Lamont who has previously said he will sign.
Once signed, it won't take effect until September of 2022.
Any child who claims the exemption between now and then will get to keep it through high school.