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Before we talk about the Missouri exemptions for vaccine requirements in school, there needs to be a history lesson explained first. In the 1980’s cases of severe brain injury following DTP (Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccination were increasing and parents began suing vaccine manufacturers. In fact, there were so many cases that the “lawsuits against vaccine companies and health care providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce U.S. vaccination rates“. Congress, in their wisdom, instead of holding manufacturers accountable and demanding safer vaccines, passed legislation at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry which provided legal protections and restricted product liability for the vaccine manufacturers – The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. As is the case with many laws, the name makes you think it’s doing something good when in reality it’s making things worse. And worse it was.
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986: removed product liability from vaccine manufacturers – you can’t sue them for injury or death from vaccines; established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – vaccine injury claims against vaccine manufacturers cannot be filed in state or federal civil courts, but instead must be heard in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, sitting without a jury, also known as “vaccine court”; and required healthcare providers who administer vaccines to report certain vaccine injuries.
Note: You do not need to be a part of organized religion, nor do you need to be in agreement with all the leaders of your religion for you to be able to submit a Religious Exemption. According to the law, “religion/religious beliefs” refers to your own, personal, individual, God-given conscience.
You are in a situation where your employer has given you a choice to either submit to a vaccine or lose your job. Or maybe your child must take a vaccine to attend school or participate in scouts or athletics. You have every right to refuse something that violates your God-given conscience and your deep religious convictions.
God is in control even though it seems like the world has gone mad. He is still in charge. He gave you your conscience to refuse vaccines made from or with aborted fetal cell lines and/or other proteins. He will enable you to find a way to keep your conscience clear before Him.
The Good News is that the U.S. Constitution and the MO Law is on your side.
Below is taken from our MO Constitution and this defines Religious Freedom -
Religious freedom--liberty of conscience and belief--limitations-- right to pray--academic religious freedoms and prayer.
Section 5. That all men and women have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his or her religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his or her person or estate; that to secure a citizen's right to acknowledge Almighty God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish any official religion, nor shall a citizen's right to pray or express his or her religious beliefs be infringed.
Exempting for Preschool/ Daycare Facilities
Missouri Law RSMo 210.003.
Immunizations of children required, when, exceptions — duties of administrator, report — notification of parents, when. —
1. No child shall be permitted to enroll in or attend any public, private or parochial day care center, preschool or nursery school caring for ten or more children unless such child has been adequately immunized against vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses specified by the department of health and senior services in accordance with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The parent or guardian of such child shall provide satisfactory evidence of the required immunizations.
2. A child who has not completed all immunizations appropriate for his or her age may enroll, if:
(1) Satisfactory evidence is produced that such child has begun the process of immunization. The child may continue to attend as long as the immunization process is being accomplished according to the ACIP/Missouri department of health and senior services recommended schedule;
(2) The parent or guardian has signed and placed on file with the day care administrator a statement of exemption which may be either of the following:
(a) A medical exemption, by which a child shall be exempted from the requirements of this section upon certification by a licensed physician that such immunization would seriously endanger the child’s health or life; or
(b) A parent or guardian exemption, by which a child shall be exempted from the requirements of this section if one parent or guardian files a written objection to immunization with the day care administrator; or
(3) The child is homeless or in the custody of the children’s division and cannot provide satisfactory evidence of the required immunizations. Satisfactory evidence shall be presented within thirty days of enrollment and shall confirm either that the child has completed all immunizations appropriate for his or her age or has begun the process of immunization. If the child has begun the process of immunization, he or she may continue to attend as long as the process is being accomplished according to the schedule recommended by the department of health and senior services.
Exemptions shall be accepted by the day care administrator when the necessary information as determined by the department of health and senior services is filed with the day care administrator by the parent or guardian. Exemption forms shall be provided by the department of health and senior services.
3. In the event of an outbreak or suspected outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease within a particular facility, the administrator of the facility shall follow the control measures instituted by the local health authority or the department of health and senior services or both the local health authority and the department of health and senior services, as established in Rule 19 CSR 20-20.040, “Measures for the Control of Communicable, Environmental and Occupational Diseases”.
4. The administrator of each public, private or parochial day care center, preschool or nursery school shall cause to be prepared a record of immunization of every child enrolled in or attending a facility under his or her jurisdiction. An annual summary report shall be made by January fifteenth showing the immunization status of each child enrolled, using forms provided for this purpose by the department of health and senior services. The immunization records shall be available for review by department of health and senior services personnel upon request.
5. For purposes of this section, “satisfactory evidence of immunization” means a statement, certificate or record from a physician or other recognized health facility or personnel, stating that the required immunizations have been given to the child and verifying the type of vaccine and the month, day and year of administration.
6. Nothing in this section shall preclude any political subdivision from adopting more stringent rules regarding the immunization of preschool children.
7. All public, private, and parochial day care centers, preschools, and nursery schools shall notify the parent or guardian of each child at the time of initial enrollment in or attendance at the facility that the parent or guardian may request notice of whether there are children currently enrolled in or attending the facility for whom an immunization exemption has been filed. Beginning December 1, 2015, all public, private, and parochial day care centers, preschools, and nursery schools shall notify the parent or guardian of each child currently enrolled in or attending the facility that the parent or guardian may request notice of whether there are children currently enrolled in or attending the facility for whom an immunization exemption has been filed. Any public, private, or parochial day care center, preschool, or nursery school shall notify the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in or attending the facility, upon request, of whether there are children currently enrolled in or attending the facility for whom an immunization exemption has been filed.
Exempting for Kindergarten – 12 Grade
Missouri Law RSMo 167.181.
Immunization of pupils against certain diseases compulsory — exceptions — records — to be at public expense, when — fluoride treatments administered, when — rulemaking authority, procedure. — 1. The department of health and senior services, after consultation with the department of elementary and secondary education, shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the immunization against poliomyelitis, rubella, rubeola, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, and hepatitis B, to be required of children attending public, private, parochial or parish schools. Such rules and regulations may modify the immunizations that are required of children in this subsection. The immunizations required and the manner and frequency of their administration shall conform to recognized standards of medical practice. The department of health and senior services shall supervise and secure the enforcement of the required immunization program.
2. It is unlawful for any student to attend school unless he has been immunized as required under the rules and regulations of the department of health and senior services, and can provide satisfactory evidence of such immunization; except that if he produces satisfactory evidence of having begun the process of immunization, he may continue to attend school as long as the immunization process is being accomplished in the prescribed manner. It is unlawful for any parent or guardian to refuse or neglect to have his child immunized as required by this section, unless the child is properly exempted.
3. This section shall not apply to any child if one parent or guardian objects in writing to his school administrator against the immunization of the child, because of religious beliefs or medical contraindications. In cases where any such objection is for reasons of medical contraindications, a statement from a duly licensed physician must also be provided to the school administrator.
4. Each school superintendent, whether of a public, private, parochial or parish school, shall cause to be prepared a record showing the immunization status of every child enrolled in or attending a school under his jurisdiction. The name of any parent or guardian who neglects or refuses to permit a nonexempted child to be immunized against diseases as required by the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be reported by the school superintendent to the department of health and senior services.
5. The immunization required may be done by any duly licensed physician or by someone under his direction. If the parent or guardian is unable to pay, the child shall be immunized at public expense by a physician or nurse at or from the county, district, city public health center or a school nurse or by a nurse or physician in the private office or clinic of the child’s personal physician with the costs of immunization paid through the state Medicaid program, private insurance or in a manner to be determined by the department of health and senior services subject to state and federal appropriations, and after consultation with the school superintendent and the advisory committee established in section 192.630. When a child receives his or her immunization, the treating physician may also administer the appropriate fluoride treatment to the child’s teeth.
6. Funds for the administration of this section and for the purchase of vaccines for children of families unable to afford them shall be appropriated to the department of health and senior services from general revenue or from federal funds if available.
7. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated under the authority of this section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2001, shall be invalid and void.
The state of Missouri requires public schools and any private school accepting public funding to accept religious and medical exemptions.
We highly suggest that if you decide to use the MO Religious Exemption form that you cross out and initial anything that you do not agree with on the form and make sure that all legal guardians sign/initial the form. Keep in mind that you may want to include future vaccines/biologics on this form. Also, make sure to keep a copy for yourself.
MO STATUTE vs DHSS RULES
The department of health created rules so that they could get around FERPA law (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education) and collect data on students that are not immunized or not up to date on the immunizations.
MO Statute regarding Exempting a child 167.181
Immunization of pupils against certain diseases compulsory — exceptions — records — to be at public expense, when — fluoride treatments administered, when — rulemaking authority, procedure.
(3.)This section shall not apply to any child if one parent or guardian objects in writing to his school administrator against the immunization of the child, because of religious beliefs or medical contraindications. In cases where any such objection is for reasons of medical contraindications, a statement from a duly licensed physician must also be provided to the school administrator.
NOTE- THE DEPT OF HEALTH has created rules (CSR). The CSR stands for code of state regulations. It is NOT statute, it is Rule promulgated by the State Department of Health.
Note that subsection 3 actually says, "This SECTION shall not apply to any child if one parent or guardian objects in writing…"
The rule making authority, and the rules themselves, are the result of the SECTION that does not apply.
That means if you object in writing, any writing, as the statute says, their rule does not apply to you.
In short, DHSS has overstepped their authority by requiring a specific form.
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