Attorney General Tong Statement on Federal Court Decision Upholding Elimination of Religious Exemption to State Vaccine Requirements(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong released the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court decision upholding Connecticut Public Act No. 21-6, which eliminated the religious exemption to school vaccine requirements.
“Vaccines save lives. The legislature’s action was fully lawful and necessary to protect public health. The plaintiffs threw a laundry list of claims against the state, and every single count was dismissed. I want to thank the attorneys in my office for their excellent work arguing this case on behalf of the state and the thousands of children, families and educators who will be safer due to this outcome,” said Attorney General William Tong.
Connecticut law requires students receive certain immunizations before enrolling in school. Prior to 2021, students could apply for medical or religious exemptions to that requirement. P.A. 21-6 eliminated the religious exemption, while grandfathering students in kindergarten through grade twelve who had already received such exemptions.