Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines for all public, private and parochial school students, mandates reporting

State: DC
Bill Number: B24-0423
Position: OPPOSE
Action Required: None
Status: Enacted, Act A24-0285, effective 3/2/2022, S.4818 introduced in US Senate to repeal 9/12/2022

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 9/12/2022 - S.4818 has been introduced in the US Senate to prohibit the use of Federal and local funds to impose or enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in District of Columbia schools, and to repeal the Coronavirus Immunization of School Students and Early Childhood Workers Regulation Amendment Act of 2021 enacted by the District of Columbia Council.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Cruz, Blackburn, Hyde-Smith, Lankford, James, Marshall, Inhofe, Braun, Scott and Hawley.  This bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  The text is available here - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/4818/text 

UPDATE: B24-0423 was not overturned by Congress so this law is now in effect as of March 2, 2022. The final enacted version does the following:

Beginning with School Year 2022-2023:

All certifications of immunization provided by a healthcare professional authorized to administer a vaccine shall be submitted electronically to the public health authorities, which shall electronically transmit the certifications of immunization to the student’s local education agency. All certifications of immunization for a student provided by the public health authorities shall be electronically transmitted to the student’s local education agency.

Beginning March 1, 2022, and every school year thereafter, a responsible person for a student shall be required to submit to the school to which the student is admitted or is seeking admission a certification of COVID-19 immunization for the student the documentation required demonstrating that the student is exempt from COVID-19 immunization for medical or religious reasons.

“COVID-19 vaccine” means a vaccine against COVID-19 for which the U.S. Food and Drug administration has granted full approval as opposed to emergency use authorization. 

All licensed Child Development Facilities are to maintain a record of COVID-19 immunization for their staff or a written determination with documentation that the staff member was granted an exemption from COVID-19 immunization for medical or religious reasons.

UPDATE: B24-0423 was sent to Congress for review on 1/18/2022.  If Congress does not overturn the act it will go in effect on March 2, 2022. 

UPDATE: B 423 was enacted as Act A24-0285 on 1/12/2022. https://lims.dccouncil.us/downloads/LIMS/47962/Signed_Act/B24-0423-Signed_Act.pdf 

UPDATE: 12/23/2021 - B 423 Legislative Meeting and Final Reading on
12/21/2021. Committee Report Filed 

UPDATE: 12/8/2021 - B24-0423 passed first reading by The DC Committee of the Whole by a vote of 11 yes, 1 no and 1 absent on 12/7/2021.  Council Member Trayon White was the only NO vote. You can watch the vote here - http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=6938 

UPDATE: 10/6/2021 - B24-0423 was referred to the DC Committee of the Whole and is scheduled for a Public Hearing on 10/27/2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.  See the Notice of Public Hearing for details and how to testify - https://lims.dccouncil.us/downloads/LIMS/47962/Hearing_Notice/B24-0423-Hearing_Notice1.pdf 

B24-0423 was introduced on 10/4/2021.  This bill is sponsored by Councilmembers Henderson, Lewis George, Silverman, Allen, Cheh, and Nadeau. 

This bill would mandate beginning December 15, 2021, and every school year thereafter, the responsible person for a student who attends a District public, public charter, independent, private, or parochial school and is deemed eligible to receive a vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 45 (SARS-CoV-2) by the Food and Drug Administration shall be required to submit a certification of immunization.  The bill also requires employees of licensed child development facilities to vaccinated. 

Medical exemptions would be allowed.  Religious exemptions would have to comply with procedures established by the Mayor or his or her designee.  

The bill also requires private physicians to submit certification of the vaccination electronically to the public health authorities.  The public health authorities shall electronically transmit the certification of immunization to the student’s local education agency. 

Because the bill to allow children 11 and older to consent to vaccination without parental consent or knowledge (B23-0171) passed and is now in effect, children in DC Schools could be vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccines even if the parent objects. 

Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is approved by the FDA and recommended by ACIP (The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) for ages 12 and older within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization for the particular vaccine.

Full text as introduced - https://lims.dccouncil.us/downloads/LIMS/47962/Introduction/B24-0423-Introduction.pdf

https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0423 - text, status and history for B24-0423