N.Y. politician proposes COVID vaccine mandate for school kids

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ALBANY — Sen. Brad Hoylman is ready to mandate COVID vaccines for school kids.

The Manhattan Democrat introduced a bill Tuesday that would require kids be immunized against coronavirus in order to attend school in New York once the shots receive full federal approval.

The mandate, if passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Hochul, would take effect 30 days after full Food and Drug Administration approval of a COVID vaccine and if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adds them to its immunization schedule.

“I think the best way to combat COVID is to ensure that there’s a highly vaccinated community and we can do that with a mandate for schoolchildren once federal authorities have signed off on it,” Hoylman told the Daily News.

Every state, including New York, requires children to be vaccinated to attend school or daycare, with inoculations against polio, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella among the most common.

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