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Currently in the state of Massachusetts, allow exemptions from the requirements for medical and religious belief reasons.
No child whose parent or guardian states in writing that vaccination conflicts with his/her sincere religious beliefs shall be required to present an immunization certificate in order to attend school. Medical exemptions are also allowed as well a proof if immunity.
What is a Religious Exemption?
The religious exemption to vaccination is one way you can protect your religious freedom and human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to medical risk-taking. The right to life and liberty is what the United States was founded on, after all, and the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution was put in place to protect your right to worship freely.
Many mistakenly believe that in order to claim a religious exemption to vaccination, you must belong to an organized religion or be a member of a church that “officially” opposes vaccination. — but this is not the case! If you belong to a church or an organized religion (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc) that does not take an official position opposing vaccination, this does not prevent you from following your spiritual beliefs and filing a religious exemption to vaccination.
As long as your beliefs about vaccination are religious/spiritual in nature; are sincerely and truly held; and you are able to define and attest to your beliefs in a state court, if necessary, you should be able to file and receive a religious exemption to vaccination for yourself or your child.
What is a Medical Exemption?
A medical exemption must be written by a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.). Some states also allow other state-designated health care workers to certify that the administration of one or more state mandated vaccines would be detrimental to the health of an individual. Most states do not allow a doctor of chiropractic to write medical vaccine exemptions.
What is Proof of Immunity?
Massachusetts law allow individuals to be exempted from vaccination or re-vaccination, if proof of existing immunity for certain diseases can be shown. If a person has recovered from the natural disease or has been vaccinated, a blood titer test may indicate that there are enough naturally acquired or vaccine acquired antibodies to “prove” immunity to a particular disease. Private medical laboratories can perform the blood titer test and measure the level of antibodies and provide you with a report that you can submit with the request for an exemption if the antibody titers are high enough according to accepted standards. A blood titer test that measures antibody levels can cost $55 or more, depending on the disease.
Massachusetts Immunization Laws
In this section you will see a breakdown on the current laws, the specific areas they apply to and the exemptions.
MGL ch 76 sec. 15 – Vaccination and immunization of students
MGL ch 76 sec 15C – Immunization of college health science students
MGL ch 76 sec 15D – Immunization of college students for meningococcal disease
MGL ch 111 sec 6 – Power to define diseases deemed dangerous to public health; control and prevention
MGL ch 111 sec 24M – Mass. Immunization Information System, a computerized registry
MGL ch 111 sec. 181 – Enforcement of vaccination of inhabitants of towns
MGL ch 111 sec 182 – Vaccination of inmates and healthcare employees of various institutions.
MGL ch 111 sec 183 – Exemptions to sections 181 and 182
MGL ch 112 sec. 12C – Immunity of physician or nurse administering immunization from liability
105 CMR 220 Immunization of students before admission to school
105 CMR 222 Massachusetts Immunization Information System
105 CMR 430.152 Required immunizations for campers and staff. Important: See Also Memo to Camp Directors recommending camps follow school requirements, above.
42 CFR 100.1 through 100.3 – Vaccine Injury Compensation
Sharing your Immunization Information Objection (or withdrawal from objection) Form , Dept. of Public Health.
To opt out of the computerized registry or to opt back in.
Adverse reaction reporting form , Federal Vaccine Adverse Reaction Reporting System. To report significant adverse events that occurred after vaccination of adult or child.