The technical advisory group (TAG) to consider COVID-19 for inclusion in the state’s list of required immunizations for child care and school entry (chapter 246-105 WAC) will conduct its first business meeting Feb. 10, 2022 and consider (2) criteria from the Board’s Immunization Criteria document.
TAG members will review and discuss criteria #5 and criteria #6 at the Feb. 10 meeting. Criteria 5 is under the category criteria of disease burden. Members will consider whether the vaccine containing the antigen prevents disease(s) that has significant morbidity and/or mortality in at least some sub-set of the population. Criteria 6 is under the category criteria of disease burden. Members will consider if vaccinating against the disease reduces the risk of person-to-person transmission, with transmission in a school or childcare setting or activity being given the highest priority.
Background and Summary
The Board has convened a technical advisory group (TAG) in coordination with the state Department of Health (DOH) to develop recommendations for the Board to use when considering whether to add COVID-19 vaccine to the rules setting immunization documentation requirements required for school and child care entry.
The Board and DOH held a TAG orientation meeting on Dec. 29, 2021. The Board received a briefing on the Board’s immunization criteria and process used to consider additions to chapter 246-105 WAC at the Oct. 2021 Board meeting. After discussion, Board members voted to direct staff to begin the process of convening a TAG, in coordination with the state Department of Health to assess the COVID-19 vaccine against the nine criteria and develop a recommendation for the Board.
The Board has authority under RCW 28A.210.140 to adopt rules establishing the procedural and substantive requirements for full immunization. Chapter 246-105 WAC governs the immunization of children in school and childcare against certain vaccine preventable diseases.