Friday File

April 28, 2017

New school vaccination regulations take effect in August

The school year is quickly winding down but when school resumes across the Commonwealth in August and September, new vaccination rules will be in effect. New Department of Health regulations call for children to be fully vaccinated within the first five days of school. Deputy Secretary of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Loren Robinson, noted that generally the new rule will have the most impact on kindergarten registration. She also noted that the department understands that some students may not be vaccinated within those first five days and they really want to make sure that that there is a plan in place to get the student vaccinated. The change is ensure accurate reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; should a student not be able to produce a vaccination record or show that there is a plan to catch up on those vaccinations, they may be barred from attending school.  The effort is also an attempt to stem outbreaks and have a solid record of who is and is not vaccinated should an outbreak occur. The regulations also call additional doses of certain vaccines for children entering kindergarten, seventh, and twelfth grades. Otherwise it is important to note that there are no changes to exceptions for parents who have opted out of vaccination for religious, philosophical, or medical reasons. That provision still stands.


Congress passes spending bill to keep shutdown at bay; Trump to spend 100th day in PA

The US House passed a short term spending bill by a vote of 382-30 and the Senate passed the measure unanimously. The bill keeps the federal government open for another week. Negotiations are set to continue through the weekend in order to get something done that would fund the government through September, the end of the fiscal year. While rumors swirled that a vote on health care was coming; leaders said the sole focus was ensuring there were enough votes to push the short term bill through.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is planning to spend his 100th day in Pennsylvania. Trump announced last weekend that he’d be holding the rally via Twitter. His campaign team noted the importance Pennsylvania held in the campaign. The event, held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, is free. The White House Correspondents Dinner is also on April 29th; which, Trump announced he’d declined to attend as his feud with the media continued.