Amherst Board of Well being approves pupil vaccine mandate

Published: 09/11/2021 7:01:06 AM

AMHERST – The Amherst Board of Health has approved an application from the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District to enforce a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students.

According to Superintendent Michael Morris, the mandate adds coronavirus vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for students.

The school board is supposed to decide when the students need to get the shot.

The Department of Health is adding to the list of vaccinations required (with the exception of medical or religious exceptions) for students to attend public schools in Amherst, vaccination against COVID-19 using vaccines that meet the full FDA -Have received approval, “Morris said in a tweet on Friday.

A vaccination mandate for staff is also being considered, according to The Boston Globe.

The Amherst Board of Health only applied the mandate to vaccines that were fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Pfizer’s vaccine, which was jointly developed with BioNTech of Germany, is the only vaccine that has received full FDA approval for people aged 16 and over.

Around 1,400 students attend grades seven through twelve in the district, Morris said.

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