‘We’re leaving that up to the parents,’ McKee says on COVID vaccines in public schools

This is a file image of the COVID vaccine being administered. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee said he will not require the COVID vaccine for students to attend public schools in Rhode Island.

In October, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted to add the vaccine to its routine childhood immunization schedule.

However, this is not a mandate from the CDC that children have to get a COVID shot to go to school. Instead, governors of each state will be left to decide.

“We’re leaving that up to the parents,” McKee said.

Last month, health officials warned of a “tridemic,” — as they brace for the possibility that respiratory syncytial virus, flu and COVID could combine to stress hospitals.

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