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#1 of 6 Old 07-26-2012, 02:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Can someone please hlp? I started vaccinating by 2.5 year old daughter and then didnt feel right about it.... I have decided to stop and hoping to go for religious exemption has anyone done this in nj?

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http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/req_imm.shtml

 


 

 

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New Jersey’s immunization regulations provide for medical and religious exemptions.  Objections to vaccination that are of a philosophical, moral, secular or of a more general nature are not acceptable.

 

 

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• Religious Exemptions:
N.J.S.A. 26:1A – 9.1 provides an exemption for pupils from mandatory 
immunization “if the parent or guardian of the pupil objects thereto in a written 
statement signed by the parent or guardian upon the grounds that the proposed 
immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights.”  All 
schools, child care centers, and local health officers may be advised that the 
religious exemption extends to private, parochial, and public institutions.  When a 
parent or guardian submits their written religious exemption to immunization,
which contains some religious reference, those persons charged with 
implementing administrative rules at N.J.A.C. 8:57 – 4.4, should not question 
whether the parent’s professed religious statement or stated belief is reasonable, 
acceptable, sincere and bona fide.  In practice, if the written statement contains 
the word “religion” or “religious” or some reference thereto, then the statement 
should be accepted and the religious exemption of mandatory immunization(s) 
granted.  The language requiring how the administration of immunizing agents 
conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs does not mandate specificity as to 
membership in a recognized church or religious denomination.  NJDHSS will 
seek to amend the rules at N.J.A.C. 8:57 – 4.4 through the Administrative Rules 
process to be consistent with N.J.S.A. 26:1A – 9.1. 

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/religious_exemption.pdf

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Have you submitted this yourself?

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Have you submitted this yourself?

i live in ct where all i do is sign a state form the school nurse gave me. 

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New Jersey is one of the few states that does not require religious schools to accept religious exemptions. 

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I found the following document to be very interesting:

 

http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/religious_exemption.pdf

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