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This bill adds red tape to the procedure for obtaining a religious exemption from immunizations for students. It also completely removes the exemption based on the advice of one's personal physician.
Current law requires parents who wish to obtain the religious exemption from vaccinating their children to submit a simple written statement explaining how the administration of the vaccine conflicts with the bona fide religious tenets or practices of student or parent.
This bill would completley take away the exemption based on the advice of one's personal physician and dramatically escalate the red tape required for a religious exemption.
It would require that the written statement of religioius exemption be notarized, signed, and sworn by the person submitting it. The statement would also have to contain the following:
(A) An explanation of the nature of the person's religious tenet or practice that is implicated by the vaccination and how administration of the vaccine would violate, contradict, or otherwise be inconsistent with that tenet or practice;
(B) information that indicates that the religious tenet or practice is consistently held by the person, which may include, but need not be limited to, expression of the person's intent to decline any vaccination;
(C) a statement that the religious tenet or practice is not solely an expression of that person's:
(i) political, sociological, philosophical, or moral views; or
(ii) concerns related to the safety or efficacy of the vaccination; and
(iii) a statement that the person understands the risks and benefits of vaccination to the student and the public health and acknowledges that the student may be excluded from attendance at the student's preschool, school, or institution of higher education, as applicable, in the event of the occurrence of a communicable disease or condition or threat of a communicable disease or condition, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Commissioner of Health requires such exclusion from attendance of unvaccinated students.
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