State Senate: No COVID-19 vaccine mandate for minors

LANSING (AP) - Michigan Republicans on Tuesday advanced a bill that would prohibit state and local health officials from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for children under age 18 and were poised to also vote to ban governments from mandating vaccine passports.

Neither concept is under consideration in the state. But GOP lawmakers said they want to be proactive.

Democrats called the bill needless and noted that if the COVID-19 vaccine were added to the list of immunizations children need to attend school, the state allows for exemptions.

The GOP-led House planned to pass legislation that would bar governments from issuing a COVID-19 vaccine passport, requiring proof of vaccination to access a public service or imposing a penalty based on vaccination status.

Both bills would need to clear the other chamber before heading to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has said state officials are not looking to mandate coronavirus vaccinations. About 58% of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose.

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