SALEM – With more than 100 opponents of mandatory school vaccinations looking on, an undeterred Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday that removes non-medical exemptions for school-aged children.
The vaccination bill that has roiled the Oregon Legislature, spurred large protests and emotionally charged testimony will get a full vote in the state House of Representatives next week.
The controversial vaccination bill that would prohibit all but medically necessary exemptions has moved to the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives.
A day after hundreds of opponents of mandatory vaccinations rallied outside the Capitol, lawmakers advanced a bill that would eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-aged children.
Several hundred opponents of a proposal to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-aged children rallied outside the Capitol on Tuesday hoping to pressure lawmakers debating House Bill 3063.
As measles outbreaks continue in the Northwest and across the nation, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state — as in several others.
The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a second case of measles in Marion County, health officials announced Tuesday evening.
Amid partisan wrangling, the House health care committee on Thursday approved House Bill 3063 which would require children to have a medical exemption or be vaccinated to attend school.
The vote, 7 to 4, followed party lines.
Oregon now has a measles case in Marion County.
It is not linked to the outbreak in Vancouver, Washington, officials said. Instead, the person contracted the disease from someone who traveled to Salem from Illinois.