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COVID-19 vaccines won't be required to go to school in Oklahoma, but CDC advises getting one

A CVS pharmacist applies a band-aid after giving a vaccine to a child.
Brandon Thibodeux / CVS Health Newsroom
CVS Health
A CVS pharmacist applies a band-aid after giving a vaccine to a child.

A CDC panel has advised that children take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The advisory is routine and simply means the federal agency recommends kids get the COVID-19 vaccine before attending school. That doesn’t mean it will be required for attendance, as misinformation swirls around the ruling.

Required vaccines for school are ultimately determined by individual states. And a 2021 law in Oklahoma prohibits a coronavirus vaccine from being required for admittance to a school.

Attorney General John O’Connor signed onto a public letter of GOP Attorneys General opposing the CDC’s advisory.

Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt put out a statement saying he would never require the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.

Later, his Democratic opponent and state superintendent Joy Hofmeister released a statement stressing that the federal and state governments were not requiring any COVID-19 vaccines.

It’s true, no vaccine for the coronavirus can be required to attend school.

But, health officials and doctors still advise getting one. The vaccine for COVID-19 has repeatedly been found to be safe and effective.

Here is a list of the required vaccines to attend school in Oklahoma.

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
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