Earlier this week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis opposed the major provision in the Colorado House bill, which aimed at increasing the childhood vaccination rates in the country. He said that the bill could not be passed until more changes are made in the legislation.
In his latest statements, the Colorado Governor has clearly opposed the vaccination bill, making it harder for the parents to exempt their children from vaccinations. In order to seek the non-medical vaccine exemption for the first time, the parents earlier submitted the forms to the schools, but now they would have to submit it in-person to the state or local health department.
When asked about signing the vaccination bill, Polis said, “There’s still of course some changes that are going to be made to the bill.”
Kyle Mullica, Democratic state representative of Northglenn and the bill’s main sponsor, said that he would not foresee any more changes in the bill. His initials plans were to initiate a bill to ban non-medical exemptions for any public school student. Due to measles outbreaks in the country, many states had followed the same process. Despite that, Mullica negotiated on many objectives, removing them from the legislation.
“We need to take this issue seriously and God forbid if a child gets harmed because, there’s an outbreak and you know, not only harm but potentially dies. I don’t want to look back and ask, ‘Well, could we have done more?’” Mullica said.
In a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US has had the maximum number of measles cases in a year, even though it was declared eliminated in 2000. Sudden disruptions in the population because of the people, who have not been vaccinated, became the main fears of the government.
“The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States. Stopping these measles outbreaks is a priority for CDC and we are working 24/7 to protect Americans from this contagious disease. Vaccination is the best way to protect against measles,” the report added.
The Colorado Governor backed up some of the parts of the vaccination bill. He supported the fact that the Health Department was overseeing opt-out forms for a better track of the data. He even claimed that the vaccines were effective, as he had both of his young children vaccinated.
Polis added, “When the government tries to force parents to do this, it creates distrust in both vaccinations and distrust in government.” However, he opposed the bill saying, “We don’t support things like requiring anyone to go in person and things like that.”
The Colorado Governor has been working with the bill’s sponsors to remove the requirement because “he wants to ensure fairness for parents, especially those that live in rural areas that would need to drive up to an hour to get such exemption.”
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