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The law hasn't changed, it's still just this simple statement,
"(a) The parent of the child objects in writing that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his or her religious tenets or practices;"
that's it, nothing more, nothing less....
and I would demand anyone requesting anything additional to show you WHERE in the state law are these additional requirements written.
Print out a copy of the law and take it with you if needed.
Also see this, the ssn on the religious waiver has nothing to do with the SHOTS program, there is a completely different form for opting out of that program, no where does it state you are automatically opted out by submitting a religious exemption.
7) Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System) Opt Out Provision - Parents or guardians may elect to decline participation in the Florida immunization registry, Florida SHOTS, by completing a DH Form 1478, Florida SHOTS Notification and Opt Out Form, as incorporated by reference in subsection 64D-3.011(10), F.A.C. and returning the form to the Department of Health. The immunization records of children whose parents choose to opt-out will not be shared with other entities that are allowed by law to have access to the child's immunization record via authorized access to Florida SHOTS.
(8) Florida SHOTS Private Provider Participation - Any health care practitioner licensed in Florida under Chapter 458, 459 or 464, Florida Statutes may request authorization to access Florida SHOTS by filling out a DOH Form 1479, Authorized Private Provider User Agreement for Access to Florida SHOTS (Florida State Health Online Tracking System), as incorporated by reference in subsection 64D-3.011(10), F.A.C. The DOH Form 1479 will be returned to the Department of Health for processing and authorization to access Florida SHOTS. Notification of access approval and instructions for accessing Florida SHOTS will be provided by the Department of Health. The authorized user and the applicable licensing authority or agency shall notify the Department of Health Bureau of Immunization Florida SHOTS personnel when an authorized user's license or registration has expired or has been suspended or revoked.
Here's the form to opt out, must be signed by the parent making the request,
All this leads me to believe you didn't speak with a knowledgable person at the state dept.
And here are the Florida Immunization Guidelines spelled out,
You should print this out for your records because they keep changing the links to it. At the very least, print page 18 which explains the religious exemption but mentions NOTHING about any other requirements to obtain,
VI. Religious Exemption from Immunization (DH 681)
A. Request for Religious Exemption:
1. A request for a religious exemption from immunization requirements
must be presented on the Department of Health’s Religious Exemption
From Immunization form (DH 681).
2. The DH 681 is issued ONLY by county health departments and ONLY
for a child who is not immunized because of his/her family’s religious
tenets or practices.
B. Completion of DH 681: The following information must be completed on the
1. The child's complete name, date of birth, and parent or guardian’s name.
The child’s social security number (SS#) is optional.
2. Parent's (or guardian's) signature and date of signature.
3. County health department stamp, signature of the county health
department director/administrator or their authorized designee, and date
the form is issued.
C. Retention of Form: The DH 681 will be kept on file at the school, preschool,
child care facility, or family day care home in order to facilitate identification
of any unimmunized/susceptible children needing exclusion during an
outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.
D. Consistency With Florida Law: Requests for religious exemption from
immunizations should be consistent with section 232.032, Florida Statutes.
Exemptions for personal or philosophical reasons are not permitted
under Florida law.
who iswith #4 has . Believe in ,,,,,,.
Thanks so much for the info Suschi. I have printed it off and will get my exemption whenever I find the time (DS isn’t in daycare yet).
Here is a question….do you have to fill out the form ahead of time or do you just go in and say “I want a religious exemption for vaccines” and they hand you a form to fill out, sign it and that’s it.
Another question that maybe should go somewhere else but I will ask here anyway. My midwife said she would provide a medical exemption for us. If you could get a medical exemption would you do that over the religious?
...do you just go in and say “I want a religious exemption for vaccines” and they hand you a form to fill out, sign it and that’s it.