The Oklahoma House of Representatives yesterday passed a Senate bill that forbids local school boards from making safety decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Bill 658 prohibits any school district, institution of Higher Education, the State Board of Education, or the State Board of Career and Technology Education from requiring vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of admittance to or attendance. Schools are also prohibited from requiring a vaccine passport as a condition of admittance or implementing a mask mandate for students that are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The bill, which had already passed the Senate, does not affect schools requiring any other vaccines, only the COVID vaccine.
It now goes to the governor’s desk to sign into law.