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By Madeline Coats
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

House votes to eliminate objections to vaccines

 

March 13, 2019



In a 57-40 vote, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from receiving the vaccines required to attend school in Washington.

Engrossed House Bill 1638 adopted six amendments out of 42 requested before final passage. The companion bill, Senate Bill 5841, will be considered next.

The measure was co-sponsored by 15 representatives and introduced by Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, the only Republican sponsor.

“This is a bipartisan issue,” said Harris. “We need our community immunity to be high.”

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