Lawmakers approve bill exempting some students from state vaccination requirements

Charleston, WV (AP)—West Virginia lawmakers voted to exempt some students who don’t attend traditional public schools from state vaccination requirements.  

The bill was approved Saturday despite the objections of Republican Senate Health and Human Resources Chair and trained doctor Mike Maroney.

Maroney calls the bill “an embarrassment” and says he believes lawmakers are harming the state.  

West Virginia currently doesn’t allow any nonmedical exemptions to vaccination requirements for starting school.  

The new proposed law would exempt virtual public school students and allow private schools to institute policies exempting students from the law if they choose. 

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