And where are the millions of unvaccinated kids in Virginia? Whoops, they’re in Wisconsin—or in Indiana or New Jersey or Texas, or somewhere else.
Those states aren’t immune to the invisible vaccines bills stirring America. On Tuesday, several state lawmakers introduced bills that would undo what they see as federal overreach.
The federal government has turned its page, to some degree, on anti-vaccination sentiment. As a result, not too many states have sent bills to the floor for a vote, although there are exceptions.
What that means is that anti-vaccination parents will have a bit more time to go about their business before the deadline to register their kids for school arrives. Here are the new deadlines to keep in mind:
March 29, 2021: For students whose parents plan to register them for kindergarten, the waiting period is a bit longer. In Virginia, families first need to register their children for seventh grade (instead of eighth grade in Indiana and Texas) with their local school officials.
April 2, 2021: For students whose parents are opting out of mandatory vaccines for seventh grade, the waiting period is six months.
May 2, 2021: For students whose parents are opting out of medical vaccines for ninth grade, the waiting period is a year.
One last suggestion: Follow our Family Health Club’s links to see if your child or teen can get the Virginia Tuberculosis Vaccine at the local health department.