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'No plans' to mandate COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota schools

A federal decision could recommend vaccination for schoolchildren, but the state won't require it


October 28, 2022

David Joles, Star Tribune

Juliana Biederman of Lino Lakes shielded the eyes of her son Sully, 3, as he received his first COVID-19 vaccine at the Mall of America vaccination site this summer.

Minnesota's health commissioner won't seek to require COVID-19 vaccination for school attendance, even if federal authorities add it to the recommended pediatric immunization schedule.

A statement Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health clarified the state's position, following last week's vote by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to add COVID-19 vaccine to the schedule. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to sign off on the recommendation, several states had already announced their intentions.

"There are no plans (to) pursue this requirement," said the written statement, provided by Health Department spokesman Garry Bowman.


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