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New vaccine bill means safer schools

LANSING — Overcoming the COVID-19 public health crisis means taking meaningful steps to protect the state’s students and schools from vaccine preventable diseases.  That’s why, on June 23, patient, physician, nurse and health care leaders from across Michigan celebrated the introduction of bipartisan Senate Bills 979-981, the Safe Schools - Healthy Students Act - to ensure an accurate record of immunization status be extended to high school students the way state law already requires for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade.
State law now requires parents provide proof of vaccinations before entering kindergarten, seventh grade, or before entering a school for the first time.
The Safe Schools – Healthy Students Act requires parents or students to provide a certificate of immunization in 12th grade, too.  The bill also directs the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to reference the immunizations recommended by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to better protect students and improve herd immunity to deadly, preventable diseases.

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