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I think it's the _exemption_ that does not apply, not your reasons for filing an exemption.
The exemption is what allows your child to attend school/daycare/whatever without receiving the otherwise "required" vaccinations. They're saying that that's fine, your kiddo (or yourself, depending on your employment situation) can attend because you've filed this exemption, but if there's an emergency or an epidemic, you/your child are NOT going to be able to attend.
However, the Florida legislature approved the original more coercive version - of the MSEHPA (Model State Emergency Health Powers Act) and Governor Jeb Bush signed it into law. Florida Statute 381.00315 (1)(b)4, gives an unelected public health official the power to force vaccination in certain circumstances with "any means necessary" (including the use of armed law enforcement officers). Even though the statutory language provides for a quarantine option for those who do not want to be vaccinated for health, religious of conscience reasons, the Florida statue also stipulates that during a Public Health Emergency, an unelected public health official may decide quarantine is not feasible and then force vaccination for communicable diseases with significant morbidity or mortality that also present a severe danger to public health. On its face, the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("FRFRA") recognizes greater protection than the United States Constitution for free exercise of religion in the face of government actions to the contrary. However, it is questionable whether during a Public Health Emergency, an individual could practically obtain the judicial relief provided for by FRFRA in time to hold the public health officers and law enforcement officers at bay.