Republicans block Gov. Tony Evers’ vaccination plan
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 10, 2023
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans have blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to mandate students get vaccinated against meningitis and obtain a doctor’s note to avoid a chickenpox shot. Officials with the state health department, an Evers Cabinet agency, announced last month that beginning this fall students entering 7th grade must get a meningitis shot and 12th graders get a booster shot. The agency also announced that parents will need to provide evidence of infection from a health care provider to secure an exemption from a chickenpox shot. Republicans say the requirements are too burdensome. The Legislature’s GOP-controlled rules committee voted 6-4 on Thursday to block the changes.