I used to be in the USAF but I never had to deal with the childcare issue. The Army is more difficult to deal with than the others and overseas is more difficult than CONUS. If all else fails contact your congressmen (and possibly hint to those refusing your exemption that you will do so "You know I heard congressman X has been very helpful is assisting military dependents; I think I'll ask his advice); I'd carry their contact numbers in your purse along with the following regs (look them up and print out the actual pages) and play the "this is how they treat his pregnant wife and children card!?".
Everyone you have to talk to will tell you a different requirement. Always demand (nicely) that they put their request in writing, reference the regulation, and sign their name to it.
Remember that you are a civilian, your children are civilians, and that they are not disease infested swamp things
). Also, as a civilian you can be Wiccan or Catholic and still be "opposed to the practice of immunization". The Chaplain can govern the exemptions of service members but not yourself. If you have a sympathetic person in your dh's chain of command you may want to take them to any meetings; in any case you will want a witness and to write down what they have told you immediately afterwards.
Definitely NOT invisible :-)
They have to accept unvaxed kids if you claim a religious opposition. It's in the military instruction about vaccinations, although I've not found any specific CDC instruction, kwim? It says, Quote:
School teachers, day care center workers, and children attending DoD-sponsored schools and day care centers or similar facilities on military installations.....Children under the age of 7 years receive pertussis vaccine in the ACIP recommended dosages unless there is documentation of previous vaccination, religious waiver, or medical contraindication.
They ALWAYS try to claim they don't accept exemptions, but it's right there in the friggin instruction that kids with a religious waiver don't need their shots. The sentence is specifically discussing DTaP for some reason, but it would apply to all of them. You don't get a religious waiver for DTaP only! <img class="inlineimg" title="Dizzy" alt="" border="0"> I don't know what branch you're in, but just look up AFJI 48-110. The instruction's the same for every branch. The title is Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis.
Originally Posted by MeniacleBrat
MotherWillow found this for me.... DODEA Administrators Manual
. On page 80 (section 18.2) covers vaccine exemptions.
"18.104.22.168 Religious — A student’s parent/sponsor may claim exemption from the DoDEA immunization requirements for religious reasons. If the parent maintains the need to continue the religious exemption during a documented outbreak of a contagious disease, the student will be excluded from school for his/her protection and the safety of the other students until the contagious period is over. Religious exemptions require a written statement from the parent/sponsor stating that he/she objects to the vaccination based upon personal beliefs. "
AFI 34-276 is the AFI that governs Family Child Care.
"A5.40.3. The provider maintains medical information for each child, including permission to treat emergencies signed by the parent(s), child’s allergies, chronic illness and other known health prob-lems, and immunizations (or written documentation of parents’ objections for religious reasons). This information is recorded on the AF Form 1181, Youth Flight Patron Registration Form."
It's on page 53 of the publication.
It specifically states, "(4) Department of Defense schoolteachers, daycare center workers, and children attending DOD–sponsored schools
and daycare centers or similar facilities on military installations.
Paragraph 3-2.b.(4) at the bottom of page 10 of this document:http://www.vaccines.mil/documents/969r40_562.pdf
AFI34-248 1 OCTOBER 1999 43
11.1. Health Protection. Protect the health of staff, children, and parents while they are in the program.
Use Caring for Our Children: Health and Safety Guidelines for Out-of-Home Care as general guidance on
health issues not covered by this instruction.
11.2. Access. Limit the access of well children to children or adults with contagious illnesses.
11.2.1. Do not provide care to children without immunizations required by Air Force policy unless it
is an emergency.
Army Regulation 40–562
CG COMDTINST M6230.4F
There are 2 types of exemptions from immunization: medical and administrative. Granting medical exemptions is a
medical function that can only be validated by a health care professional. Granting administrative exemptions is a
non–medical function, usually controlled by the individual’s unit commander....
(a) For Service personnel, immunization exemptions for religious reasons may be granted according to Service–
specific policies to accommodate doctrinal religious beliefs. This is a command decision made with medical and
1. Requests for religious exemption must include name, rank, social security number (SSN), occupational specialty
code or branch, and a description of the religious tenet or belief contrary to immunization. Army: (see AR 600–20,
para 5–6). Air Force: Permanent exemptions for religious reasons will not be granted. The major command (MAJCOM)
commander is the designated approval and revocation authority for temporary immunization exemptions. Coast
Guard: CG–122 is the designated approval and revocation authority for temporary immunization exemptions.
2. A military physician must counsel the applicant. The physician should ensure that the Service personnel is
making an informed decision and should address, at a minimum, specific information about the diseases concerned;
specific vaccine information including product constituents, benefits, and risks; and potential risks of infection incurred
by unimmunized individuals.
3. The commander must counsel the individual and recommend approval or denial of the exemption request, by
endorsement. The commander must counsel that noncompliance with immunization requirements may adversely impact
deployability, assignment, or international travel, and that the exemption may be revoked under imminent risk
conditions. The commander, in making his or her recommendation, should consider the potential impact on the
individual, the unit, and the mission.
4. Forward exemption requests through command channels to the respective Service approval authority for decision.
Individuals with active requests for religious exemption are temporarily deferred from immunizations pending outcome
of their request. For USCG, forward through appropriate chain to G–WPM, via CG–1121.
(b) Civilian employees submit religious–exemption requests to their supervisors. Such requests will be processed in
accordance with 29 CFR 1605 and component and local policies.
c. Bargaining units. Civilian personnel affected by this document who are members of bargaining units will be
considered for exemption consistent with applicable personnel management policies.
d. Other categories. Administrative or medical personnel will appropriately annotate electronic ITS with exemption
codes denoting separation, permanent change of station, emergency leave, missing or prisoner of war, deceased, and
other appropriate categories.
If you go to page 80 section 18.2 it clearly states and outlines that military dependents have both medical and religious exemptions available to them. This document was written in Oct. of 2007 and is a DoDEA document so I don't know how they could deny the existance of exemptions.