Delays COVID-19 Vaccine mandate for school students with Temporary Amendment

State: DC
Bill Number: B24-1070
Position: WATCH
Action Required: NONE
Status: ENACTED as Law Number L24-0274, effective from 2/23/2023, expires on 10/6/2023

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 2/23/2023 - Enacted as Law Number L24-0274, effective from 2/23/2023 until 10/6/2023.

UPDATE 1/10/2023 - 01/10/2023 Transmitted to Congress, Projected Law Date is Mar 08, 2023.

UPDATE: 12/16/2022 - Act A24-0678 was published in the DC Register under Vol 69 and Page 015080 on 12/16/2022.

UPDATE: 12/8/2022 - B24-1070 was signed and enacted by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser with Act Number A24-0678 on 12/8/2022. Click here to view the Act. It shall take effect following a 30-day period of congressional review and shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

UPDATE: 11/22/2022 - B24-1070 was transmitted to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on 11/22/2022. Her response is due on 12/8/2022. 

UPDATE: 11/15/2022 - B24-1070 was approved on final reading by a vote of 11 yes and two no. The next step for the bill is transmission to the Mayor for approval before undergoing congressional review. NVIC would prefer that the DC Council would remove the mandate altogether, however delaying it will help protect students from COVID-19 vaccine mandates until at least the 2023-2024 school year. 

UPDATE: 11/2/2022 - B24-1070 was approved first reading on 11/1/2022 by a vote 10 yes, 1 no, 1 present but not voting and 1 absent. 

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UPDATE: 11/1/2022 - B24-1070 is scheduled for a reading and vote on 11/1/2022.  See page 9 of the agenda -

There is one clarifying amendment by Council Member Henderson that does not change what the bill does.

B24-1070 was introduced on 10/27/2022 and is sponsored by Council Member Henderson and Chairman Mendelson. 

This bill is the temporary amendment to delay the date by which school students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 from the 2022-2023 school year to the 2023-2024 school year. The mandate for all public, public charter, independent, private and parochial school students was passed when B24-0423 was enacted on March 2, 2022, and effective beginning the 2022-2023 school year. 

NVIC has a "WATCH" position on this bill because the DC Council should eliminate the mandate and not just delay it. NVIC is opposed to vaccine mandates. 

You can read the Council's reasons for the delay in the “Coronavirus Immunization of School Students Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2022”. - - text, status and history for B24-1070