Statewide: Vaccines and religious exemptions
COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been implemented as a way to increase the number of people getting the shots. However, both the federal and state orders allow those with religious objections to skip the vaccinations. Governments have protected that choice for years.
But during a pandemic, there are concerns some are exploiting a loophole. We examine the history of religious exemptions and efforts to tighten the rules.
We also hear how the return to the classroom hasn't been easy for some young learners. Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.
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