Bill forces parents to undergo ‘vaccine education’ before exempting kids from mandates

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth provides the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine to children ages 5 to 11, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Nov. 8, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald White)

Pennsylvania is considering a bill that would require parents to receive vaccine information from a medical professional in order to submit an objection to school vaccine requirements.

Senate Bill 390 would mandate that parents submitting a religious or moral objection to vaccine requirements obtain certification from a person authorized to administer vaccines that the person has provided the parent with “scientifically accepted information” about the risks and benefits of vaccines. The state currently requires only a signed letter from parents stating their moral or religious objection to the vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old in June 2022. Pennsylvania does not require schoolchildren to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but in 2021 the state failed to enact a bill that would have prevented the vaccine from being mandatory for them.

Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Judith Schwank, the bill’s sponsor, did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.