SB 288, prohibiting the requiring of COVID-19 vaccinations for schools or child care agencies.
Senate HHS Committee will hold an executive session on SB 288 on Wednesday (3/23). If passed, this bill would tied the hands of childcare and educational providers and restricts their ability to adopt and enforce vaccine policies recommended by public health experts.
- Contact committee members and ask them to recommend this bill inexpedient to legislate: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GtUztMMu2SpZYKZGKDZCZvr2jrNCibLr_kKDrdkG6nU/edit?usp=sharing (and let us know how the conversation goes).
- Sign the petition to show lawmakers how many Granite Staters support a Healthy NH: https://secure.everyaction.com/tQtl4fjNfUKpmLXtd3Vrhw2
- Share your story with us about the importance of vaccines to you and those you love: https://secure.everyaction.com/jI83V0awQEetU4glsyq9Uw2
General Talking Points
- SB 288 ties the hands of childcare and educational providers and restricts their ability to adopt and enforce vaccine policies recommended by public health experts.
- It is the duty of schools and childcare providers to keep children and staff safe. We should allow those agencies to decide for themselves how best to meet that duty – as they have for the past two years of the pandemic.
- With the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreading rapidly throughout New Hampshire classrooms and across the Granite State, it is essential that we do everything we can to protect our children and other vulnerable populations and the staff that care for them.
- The resilience of New Hampshire’s child care and education workforce and the safety of our children and families is paramount. We should aim to support and not limit available tools to ensure our children are safe, healthy and thriving
Child Care - Specific Talking Points
- Child care is the critical foundation of NH’s workforce and policies regarding the field should be carefully considered to ensure broad access for families and flexibility to meet the ever changing challenges of the pandemic.
- This bill proposes unnecessary regulation of a field which has already proven able to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic
- This bill is unnecessarily and adversely impacts the childcare market in New Hampshire – potentially limiting both access for families and narrowing the market for providers.
- As non-state funded, community centered organizations of varied size and style, child care agencies should be given the flexibility to choose how to adapt to the need of parents and demands of the market.