A bill introduced at the federal level earlier this month would require all children attending public and secondary schools nationwide to be immunized as prescribed by the CDC.
H.R. 2232, the “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015,” introduced on May 1 by Florida democrat Frederica S. Wilson, would withhold federal health service grants to states unless they demonstrate school immunization requirements “to the Secretary’s satisfaction.”
The bill currently “requires each student enrolled in one of the State’s public elementary schools or public secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Imunization Practices,” a CDC panel of 15 “experts.”
Congresswoman Wilson said vaccines have a proven track record of being safe and effective.
“As a former elementary school principal, I know the importance of childhood vaccinations. Research has shown that vaccinations are effective; they keep children healthy, save lives, and protect future generations of Americans,” Wilson stated in February.
“The health and safety of children must be our top priority,” Wilson said in a press release accompanying the introduction of her bill.
“Children who are not vaccinated put themselves and others in danger of acquiring and spreading preventable diseases. That is why I introduced the Vaccinate All Children Act because requiring vaccinations for students will save lives and protect future generations.”
In fact, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out well over $2 billion to the families of victims who died or suffered other catastrophic injuries as a result of being immunized, according to the National Vaccine Information Center.
The current version of the bill does not allow vaccine exemptions for reasons of conscience or religion, only providing for medical exemptions to be certified by “duly registered and licensed physicians.”
The bill would still need to pass committee hearings, as well as house and senate votes before it goes before President Obama, who would likely sign it according to past statements.
The administration’s failure thus far to respond to a White House petition signed by over 130 thousand people, seeking the prohibition of “any laws mandating the force and requirement of vaccinations of any kind” – which met the required signature threshold more than a month ago – is indeed telling.