Proposed COVID vaccine requirement for CPS students similar to employees’ mandate

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 8:27 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The proposed policy to require Cincinnati Public School students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 follows the same guidance of the mandate for the district’s employees.

On Friday, the CPS Board of Education’s Policy Committee met to discuss the policy.

The policy will only go into effect if the school board votes to approve it.

The approval of the policy would mean all eligible students will be required to get vaccinated.

The only exemptions for the vaccine requirement will be a religious or disability/medical claim, the policy reads. A student’s medical exemption can be requested under the American With Disabilities Act and the Ohio Civil Rights Act.

“Any eligible student, save those who have a legitimate opt-out, that Americans With Disabilities Act, religious exemption, etc., would have to be vaccinated by X, Y, Z date,” CPS board member Mike Moroski told FOX19 NOW on Thursday.

Political beliefs would not be a sufficient reason for exemption, according to the proposed policy.

Concern about parents factoring into the vaccine requirement was raised Friday by a committee member.

“For some students, it’s not their decision to be vaccinated; it’s their parents’ decision, the committee member.

Parents refusing to have their kids get the vaccine would have to show a negative COVID-19 test every week, per the policy.

If the policy is approved, CPS would be the first district east of the Mississippi River to implement a student vaccine policy, according to Moroski.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 12 and older.

Pfizer said on Monday its vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon, according to the Associated Press.

Ohio law prohibits schools from requiring vaccines that have not been fully approved by the FDA, which the Pfizer vaccine received last month.

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