DC mayor’s ‘no shots, no school’ program postponed hours after separate COVID vaccine mandate struck down

Washington, D.C. is pushing back the enforcement date for a COVID-19 vaccine policy which requires that students over the age of 12 receive a coronavirus vaccine in order to participate in school.

Democrat Mayor Muriel Browser’s administration previously had a “No Shots, No School” policy in place for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year at all schools within the District, meaning that students who are above the age of 12 would need to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school.

On Friday, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate would not be enforced until Jan. 3, 2022.

“Today, the District shared with school leaders updated guidance regarding the enforcement timeline of the Immunization Attendance Policy for routine pediatric immunizations and the COVID-19 vaccine during the 2022-23 school year,” the office announced. “To reduce the number of students who could be excluded from school at any one time, and to align schools and LEAs to one unified notification and exclusion timeline, the District is implementing staggered enforcement based on grade band.”

The announcement states that notices will be sent to the homes of students who are not in compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirement on Nov. 3. The D.C. Council passed legislation in Dec. 2021 requiring students in the District get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. – READ MORE