The religious waiver form provided by the Hawaii department of health, immunization branch that I filled out was rejected! The pre-school gave me their own form which is much more complicated and requires me to:
name which immunizations have not been received
attach a letter from my religious leader detailing the mandated relgious tenet, doctrine or law that precludes the child from receiving immunizations
AND....OMG I can't believe this one:
A note from my pediatrician stating that he/she is aware of my decision to not vaccinate
ALSO they are refusing a waiver for the TB test too.
UGH......what do I do now?? This is a federally-funded program, is this legal?
forgot to add that in the part where you choose medical or relgious exemption (along with the forms you have to submit for those) they also put "philosophical exemption" which is NOT legal as a waiver in our state (hawaii). I almost think they put that on our form as a trick so that if you tick that box, they can say "whoops, sorry, that's not acceptable, see the law."
v. frustrated about this!!!
I predict that her spirit will be channeling into this thread within 24 hours, minkl, and her sage-like advice will assist you in your dilemma.
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They can refuse you admission if you don't get the TB test. That one is not waivable, or whatever. Having your pediatrician sign something? Totally bullshit. What preschool is this? I'm looking for my daughter, who is three, and I want to stay far away from these people.
DoD goes by Virginia laws, I believe, but federally funded doesn't necessarily mean DoD.
This is not a traditional pre-school, it's a twice-weekly program that is parent-accompanied with some federal funding (it's free to go.) They call it a "travelling pre-school" or something like that, details of the program are at:
http://www.tutuandme.org/ so someone may be able to see what category this falls under with the funding.
In any case, since I already submitted a form (from the dept of health no less) it seems so outrageous that they are asking for additional information to "prove" my religious exemption. It also appears that their form was revised (as noted on the bottom) just recently, probably in response to my waiver, to make it harder to use the religious exemption.
In any case, I would appreciate any advice that anyone might have to offer, since I am not certain where we stand legally.
Thanks for all the support!!!
And I am sure you have this site -
I'd hate for 909shot to be giving incorrect info non intentionally.
Minn. Stat. § 121A.15 (2002)
121A.15 Health standards; immunizations; school children
Subdivision 1. Except as provided in subdivisions 3, 4, and 10, no person over two months old may be allowed to enroll or remain enrolled in any elementary or secondary school or child care facility in this state until the person has submitted to the administrator or other person having general control and supervision of the school or child care facility, one of the following statements:
(1) a statement from a physician or a public clinic which provides immunizations stating that the person has received immunization, consistent with medically acceptable standards, against measles after having attained the age of 12 months, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, mumps, haemophilus influenza type b, and hepatitis B; or
(2) a statement from a physician or a public clinic which provides immunizations stating that the person has received immunizations, consistent with medically acceptable standards, against measles after having attained the age of 12 months, rubella, mumps, and haemophilus influenza type b and that the person has commenced a schedule of immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and hepatitis B and which indicates the month and year of each immunization received.
Subdivision. 2. Schedule of immunizations. No person who has commenced a treatment schedule of immunization pursuant to subdivision 1, clause (2), may remain enrolled in any child care facility, elementary, or secondary school in this state after 18 months of enrollment unless there is submitted to the administrator, or other person having general control and supervision of the school or child care facility, a statement from a physician or a public clinic which provides immunizations that the person has completed the primary schedule of immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and hepatitis B. The statement must include the month and year of each additional immunization received. For a child less than seven years of age, a primary schedule of immunizations shall consist of four doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis and three doses of vaccine for poliomyelitis and hepatitis B. For a child seven years of age or older, a primary schedule of immunizations shall consist of three doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and hepatitis B.
Subdivision. 3. Exemptions from immunizations.
(a) If a person is at least seven years old and has not been immunized against pertussis, the person must not be required to be immunized against pertussis.
(b) If a person is at least 18 years old and has not completed a series of immunizations against poliomyelitis, the person must not be required to be immunized against poliomyelitis.
(c) If a statement, signed by a physician, is submitted to the administrator or other person having general control and supervision of the school or child care facility stating that an immunization is contraindicated for medical reasons or that laboratory confirmation of the presence of adequate immunity exists, the immunization specified in the statement need not be required.
(d) If a notarized statement signed by the minor child's parent or guardian or by the emancipated person is submitted to the administrator or other person having general control and supervision of the school or child care facility stating that the person has not been immunized as prescribed in subdivision 1 because of the conscientiously held beliefs of the parent or guardian of the minor child or of the emancipated person, the immunizations specified in the statement shall not be required. This statement must also be forwarded to the commissioner of the department of health.
(e) If the person is under 15 months, the person is not required to be immunized against measles, rubella, or mumps.
(f) If a person is at least five years old and has not been immunized against haemophilus influenza type b, the person is not required to be immunized against haemophilus influenza type b.
Sounds very illegal. As for the TB test, I gave same letter for TB as for vaxes to headstart and had no issue. That is a major gov't vax pushing program too. It is INJECTING foreign crap into your skin.
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