I just made a physical/well visit appointment for my 11 yo son (he just finished 4th grade and is in a special ed 12-1-4, 3rd - 5th grade classroom), and was told he is required by state to receive the Tdap booster. We did vaccinate him when he was younger (I think he had the orignal Tdap, but have to check his records), and then stopped with ones as he got older. I am much more educated than I was 11 years ago. We do not/will not give him this booster.
Is there anyone out there who has received an exemption for his booster in NY? Can anyone recommend a lawyer should we need to seek legal advice?
Thanks so much!
Medical or religious exemptions from this requirement:
There are two exemptions from this requirement: (1) a medical exemption consisting of a written statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York stating that there is a valid medical contraindication to the student receiving the booster vaccine, or (2) a statement of religious exemption written by the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student stating that they hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which prohibit the immunization of their child. A religious exemption must be approved by the superintendent, principal, administrator, or person in charge of the school, and the principal may require additional documents to support the application. Secular principles, including philosophical exemptions, are not allowed. The New York State Education Department (SED) has provided guidance for schools regarding religious exemptions. Information can be found at the SED Web site.