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State Health Commissioner Lance Frye issued an emergency rule last week to roll back a recently approved agency rule that would add another step before parents can opt their school-aged children out of receiving vaccinations.. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye seeks to roll back a recently approved agency rule that would add another step before parents can opt their school-aged children out of receiving vaccinations.

Citing emergency rule-making powers, Frye issued an emergency rule last week that would effectively undo a rule approved in June when Gov. Kevin Stitt approved en masse proposed agency rule changes.

Health Department officials, before Frye was appointed to lead the agency, proposed a rule to require parents undergo a “brief instructional presentation” before exempting their children from immunizations for religious or personal reasons. The presentation would be offered at local health departments.

In a statement, Frye said he revised the rule in order to minimize foot traffic in local health departments and allow employees to remain focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Tyrrell 918-581-8326

paul.tyrrell@tulsaworld.com

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