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As Connecticut’s immunization levels decline, Gov. Ned Lamont, legislative leaders vow to repeal religious exemption for vaccines

Sep 20, 2019

By Daniela Altimari

Flanked by legislative leaders, public health officials and members of the clergy, Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday pledged to eliminate the religious exemption for vaccinating schoolchildren.

“We’re going to have hearings, we’re going to do it in a respectful way,” Lamont said during a press conference in his office. But, he added, “we’re going to do it because it’s a public health issue and as your governor, public safety and public health are two of my honestly overwhelming responsibilities.”

Late last month, the Department of Public Health released data showing a 25 percent increase over the course of a year, from September 2017 to September 2018, in the number of students claiming religious exemptions.

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