Future TAG Meetings Announced

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) announced its next meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Next Steps

The TAG will consider other criteria in the Board's Immunization Criteria Document at its future meetings. The TAG will meet on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the last TAG meeting, TAG members will make a recommendation whether to add the vaccine to the state’s list of required immunizations for school entry.

The Board, at their discretion, may or may not approve the TAG’s recommendation. If the Board were to vote at a future meeting to move forward, then the Board would initiate rulemaking to consider adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required childhood immunizations for school and day care entry. The exemption allowances currently listed in the state’s immunizations law would be available for families and their children who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. These exemptions include medical, religious, philosophical or personal exemptions

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.

Helpful Information

  1. Future meeting information will be available on the Board’s Meetings web page.
  2. The TAG FAQ has been updated to reflect the future meeting dates and times.
  3. General information about the TAG and additional resources about the TAG are available on our website.
  4. Links to presentations, a meeting recording, and additional resources are available on the Feb. 10 Meeting web page.