I know that there have been dozens of requests for help on this subject, and I've read quite a few of them. I'm posting to ask for specific help relating to a specific requirement our local (Air Force) base has requested of us. I've asked for a policy letter or something to confirm the specific verbage required, but I'm being told (in writing) that PACAF (Pacific Headquarters) to "provide a letter (on official letterhead) from their clergy stating specifically the church's policy regarding immunizations."
My church, as a whole, is not against vaccination. In fact, I do not have a clergy person, because there isn't one within my entire state and the military hasn't sought fit to station us near one in 18 years. Furthermore, I'm fairly certain that they cannot legally require this, and that it is a violation of my 1st Amendment Rights, and that I have every opportunity to exercise my unique personal beliefs with any organized religion or outside of them.
I've also been told I need a letter from my pediatrician stating that my children are healthy and free of vaccine preventable communicable disease. I've requested to be given a policy letter, but apparently one does not exist.
Any suggestions on how to handle this? My husband has told me to contact his crazy cousin, who is an ordained minister, but I don't think I want to take that route. lol
Thank you for your help.