Eighty-four percent of respondents said children should be immunized before they can attend school.
“Some people base their vaccine decision-making to a considerable degree on whether or not a given disease occurs in close vicinity to their community,” said Florian Justwan, a University of Idaho assistant professor of political science.
The Department of Health and Welfare will continue taking comments at public hearings this week.
The topic dominated a public hearing in Meridian Thursday. The agency will hold five other hearings across the state.
The bill would allow parents to opt out of vaccinations only on medical grounds. Idaho has one of the nation’s highest opt-out rates — driven largely by religious exemptions.
What’s more, these kindergarten opt-out numbers surged, even as kindergarten enrollment has stagnated.
The House had passed the bill requiring schools and child-care centers to provide immunization opt-in information along with state immunization information. A divided House State Affairs Committee introduced the guns-in-schools bill last week.
In other Statehouse news, an East Idaho school district says an Idaho Falls legislator jumped the gun on a sex education bill.
If a student contracts the measles, classmates without immunizations can be excluded from school for at least 21 days.