By CBSNewYork Team

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday signed into law a bill ending religious exemptions for required school vaccines.

The law takes effect in the 2022 school year.

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Medical exemptions will still be allowed, and the law won’t apply to students already in grades K-12.

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Lamont says the law protects kids against preventable illnesses.

The coronavirus vaccine is not on the list of mandatory vaccines.

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Connecticut is the sixth state to end religious vaccine exemptions.

CBSNewYork Team