DATE: September 13, 2019
CONTACT: Amy Dowell | firstname.lastname@example.org
DFER CT Applauds Governor on Immunizations:
Removing Religious Exemptions Keeps Classrooms Safe and Healthy for All Public School Students
Today, the news broke that Governor Lamont and Public Health Commissioner Coleman-Mitchell are expected to announce their support for a repeal of religious exemptions from school immunization requirements on Monday. In response, DFER CT State Director Amy Dowell made the following statement:
“We applaud Governor Lamont for taking this stance, and we greatly appreciate his leadership. Every student in Connecticut has a fundamental right to a safe and healthy classroom as a precondition to learning. Removing religious exemptions is one important way to safeguard these rights. We should listen to doctors on this topic, who have said loud and clear that vaccinations lead to healthier kids and a healthier public. Again, we want to thank the Governor and Commissioner Coleman-Mitchell, as well as legislative leaders who have spoken out on this issue. It's our sincere hope that the General Assembly takes action to remove this exemption."
About DFER CT:
DFER CT is an organization that supports elected Democrats and candidates who are champions of public education. Education progressives, we’re building a pipeline of Democratic leaders who will improve our education system so that it better serves students and families. As part of realizing the American Dream, we advance policies and practices based on democratic values, with a goal of: increasing equity, protecting civil rights and the social safety net, and promoting great educational opportunities for all. DFER CT is the state chapter of a national political organization.