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The form for MD has this as it's religious exemption:
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RELIGIOUS OBJECTION:
I am the parent/guardian of the child identified above. Because of my bona fide religious beliefs and practices, I object to any
immunizations being given to my child. This exemption does not apply during an emergency or epidemic of disease.
Signed: __________________________________________________ ___________________ Date: _______________________"

http://edcp.org/pdf/896_form.pdf

Um, does signing that mean it's ok to force vax in some cases?
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I wouldn't sign that. I'd write my own form. Its not ok to force vaccines in any situation.

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The form for MD has this as it's religious exemption:
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RELIGIOUS OBJECTION:
I am the parent/guardian of the child identified above. Because of my bona fide religious beliefs and practices, I object to any
immunizations being given to my child. This exemption does not apply during an emergency or epidemic of disease.
Signed: __________________________________________________ ___________________ Date: _______________________"

http://edcp.org/pdf/896_form.pdf

Um, does signing that mean it's ok to force vax in some cases?
No, it means that your child cannot attend school during a disease emergency, not that the school can vaccinate them.

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
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That is not the exemption form. The exemption form is part of the school vax form; you just check a box and sign.

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No, it means that your child cannot attend school during a disease emergency, not that the school can vaccinate them.
Even if that IS what its supposed to mean(sounds vague to me), I would write my own form, or cross out that last line, or at LEAST change the wording to: In the case of a disease emergency, my child will not be attending school. (or something similar)

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Even if that IS what its supposed to mean(sounds vague to me), I would write my own form, or cross out that last line, or at LEAST change the wording to: In the case of a disease emergency, my child will not be attending school. (or something similar)
RELIGIOUS OBJECTION:
I am the parent/guardian of the child identified above. Because of my bona fide religious beliefs and practices, I object to any
immunizations being given to my child. This exemption does not apply during an emergency or epidemic of disease.
Signed: __________________________________________________ ___________________ Date: _______________________"

Well, exemptions exempt one from something. School exemptions exempt you from state law require vaccination in order to attend; so when the exemption ceases to apply, they can not longer attend without vaccinations. There is no requirement to be vaccinated by the school itself, so there is no exemption for a practice that does not exist.

My state exemption for says "I understand that my child may be excluded from school attendance in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health." Perhaps she could add

"This exemption (for school attendance) does not apply during an emergency or epidemic of disease."

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
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RELIGIOUS OBJECTION:
My state exemption for says "I understand that my child may be excluded from school attendance in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health." Perhaps she could add

"This exemption (for school attendance) does not apply during an emergency or epidemic of disease."
I think this approach may be overly optimistic. The document is not a contract. The Maryland code is pretty specific about "public health emergencies" and admits compulsory quarantine and, secondarily from what I can tell, compulsory immunization in such an emergency.

This is what I take "this exemption does not apply..." to refer to. It's not a matter of agreeing to something so much as an explicit disclaimer from the state.
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I think this approach may be overly optimistic. The document is not a contract. The Maryland code is pretty specific about "public health emergencies" and admits compulsory quarantine and, secondarily from what I can tell, compulsory immunization in such an emergency.
This is what I take "this exemption does not apply..." to refer to. It's not a matter of agreeing to something so much as an explicit disclaimer from the state.

Though true, that has nothing to do with the exemption, which specifically exempts one from the attendance requirement to be vaccinated. Vaccination law is part of public health law, and the exemption only applies to that one part.

Though awkwardly worded, it is standard for state exemptions to say that they can be revoked in times of epidemic disease or emergency. It is also common for state health law to allow for compulsory quarantine and vaccination in particular circumstance; this is not unique to Maryland.

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
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TY. we just wrote our own form using the first part- we are the parents, this is our kid, we don't vaccinate, end of story. nak.
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