The Washington State Board of Health (Board) invites parents and caregivers of school aged children to complete a survey. Your input will assist the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), convened by the Board in partnership with the state Department of Health, in assessing and evaluating the COVID-19 vaccine for consideration in the state’s immunization of child care and school children against certain vaccine preventable diseases rule.
Specifically, the TAG seeks input from parents and caregivers on criteria number nine that is provided in the Board’s Immunization Criteria Document. Criteria number nine states, “the burden of compliance for the vaccine containing this antigen is reasonable for the parent/caregiver.”
If you are a parent or caregiver and would like to provide feedback, please complete the survey, using the options below:
- Survey for Parents and Caregivers: COVID-19 Vaccine as a School Requirement
- Encuesta para los Cuidadores, los Padres, y las Familias: La Vacuna Contra COVID19 (Español)
Under state law the Board has the authority to create immunization requirements for child care and/or school entry. Since 2006, the Board has relied on multi-disciplinary TAGs to review vaccines against nine criteria to recommend to the Board whether specific immunizing agents should be added to the list of required immunizations for school entry. The Board’s Immunization Criteria Document provides details about the TAG process and outlines the method by which a vaccine would be reviewed. Vaccines currently required for school and daycare entry are listed in chapter 246-105 WAC.
TAG membership consists of representatives from schools, childcare centers, public health, healthcare providers, tribes, community members who identify and/or directly serve communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, and parent representatives. More information is available on the TAG web page.