Reading, May 15, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is holding a press conference at Reading Hospital – Tower Health’s campus to announce pending legislation that addresses school vaccinations. The bill would require completion of a standardized form for requesting exemptions from vaccination requirements for school-age children and require a consultation with a physician before any exemptions are approved.

“I believe this legislation can enhance health safety while also maintaining our respect for religious beliefs and moral convictions by making sure parents receive accurate medical information before granting exemptions,” Schwank said.

Speakers include Sen. Schwank; Dr. Debra Powell, Chief, Section of Infectious Disease at Reading Hospital; Dr. Georgina Aristotelous, Infectious Diseases medical director for Penn State Health/St. Joseph; Dr. Mary Stock Keister, president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians; Dr. Robert Cordes, The Children’s Clinic of Wyomissing; Dr. Eve Kimball, Board Member, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.

What:  Senator Schwank Announcing Vaccination Legislation

Where: Reading Hospital, Conference Room 1 (off of main lobby) 420 S 5th Ave, West Reading

When: Friday, May 17, 10 a.m.