DES MOINES, IOWA – On what turned out to be the last day of the 2022 session, the Iowa Senate passed a bill to Governor Kim Reynolds that would ban vaccine mandates in schools.
The bill is being expanded to include childcare centers, all public or private schools K-12, colleges and universities.
As previously reported, there are almost no schools in the state that require a COVID-19 vaccine for their students. Grinnell College is one of the only schools in the state that has required it in the past.
Democrats have been against this bill all the way through subcommittees, committees and onto the debate floor. On Tuesday, a senator in the Democratic state expressed concern that this bill could cause parents to question other vaccines required by the districts.
“I appreciate that there is some fear of the COVID-19 vaccinations,” said State Senator Joe Bolkcom, (D) of Iowa City. “But I think this bill makes it reduce the confidence of parents to get all kinds of vaccinations. All sorts of vaccinations that have long been shown to save lives, millions of lives. “
State Senator Zach Wahls asked a Republican state senator about the difference between a vaccine required in schools and the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Time process and acceptance,” said State Senator Jason Schultz, (R) of Schleswig.
Republicans have wanted this type of legislation passed over to Governor Reynolds since the session began. The House adopted this bill back in late February. Once Governor Reynolds has signed the bill, it bans schools from requiring the vaccine until 2029.
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