Louisiana House advances bill to prohibit COVID-19 vaccine requirement for schools
The Louisiana House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill that would prohibit schools from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a requirement for attendance.
House Bill 182, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales, would apply to both public and private schools from the K-12 to university level.
No public K-12 schools are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of attendance. LSU-Shreveport is the only public university still requiring the shot.
Edmonston shared COVID-19 misinformation during her presentation of the bill, falsely claiming COVID-19 is not a vaccine-preventible disease and that there are no Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine doses available in Louisiana.
The proposal was passed on a party-line 63-28 vote and picked up 15 co-authors. The bill will next be heard in a Senate committee.