TX Lawmaker Pushes for Transparency on Vaccinations

A recent bill proposed by a West Texas lawmaker seeks to make it easier for parents to get comprehensive immunization records from schools.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo said parents in his district are concerned about the potential for a measles outbreak in their schools, and that parents should be able to find out whether or not all students within a school have been vaccinated for communicable illnesses.

He recently introduced a bill that would require school districts to provide parents with a percentage comparison of vaccinated students vs. unvaccinated students within a school without releasing names or personal details. Currently, to access this information, parents have to file an open records request, according to Spectrum News.

Seliger says this information could help parents make better decisions about where to send their kids to school.

But opponents of the bill say that, even without districts providing names, this measure could violate medical privacy.

Read the full story on Spectrum News.


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