How Does a Vaccine Get “Mandated” for School?

State of Vermont vaccination regulations (copy here) state that

The Vermont Recommended Immunization Schedule is based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as approved and published by the Centers for Disease Control.”

(Note it is only recommended but parents who wish NOT to follow the recommendations must file an EXEMPTION (see forms tab on main menu).

The vaccination regulations also that that

The Commissioner of Health shall annually convene the Vermont Immunization Advisory Council (VIAC) to assist in the determination of whether the Immunization Schedule found in Section 7 of this rule should be updated in accordance with the published Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunization schedule. The Commissioner may convene additional meeting of the Council as necessary.”

and

Following release of a CDC vaccine recommendation, a two-year phase-in period will pass before children and students may be required to have the vaccine in order to enroll in a child care facility or school.” and ” If necessary to protect the public’s health, the Commissioner may require a shorter phase-in period.”

All of the above  went into effect July 1, 2016 – but as of the time of this writing, the Vermont Immunization Advisory Council (VIAC)  has never been convened.

This youtube video will give the reader an understanding of how ACIP votes on a new vaccine recommendation.

This video is an excerpt of the February 2018 ACIP meeting. Full meeting here.

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Protection for Parents Who Have Religious or Moral Objections to Vaccination?

It seems that the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is “pulling a 180” and will now make efforts to enforce the protection of our rights of conscience in healthcare.  This a ray of sunshine for those with religious beliefs or moral convictions who desire the ability to make a free choice without coercion – but it should be interpreted with caution. More analysis is needed.

Search the rule and you will find ten different references to vaccination. DHHS uses the following specific language in the proposed rule, as an example of what might warrant a complaint and enforcement against entities receiving federal funding:

…being required to administer or receive certain vaccinations derived from aborted fetal tissues as a condition of work or receipt of educational services.”

It is a little known fact that in addition to viruses and bacteria, vaccines contain very small amounts of other ingredients (excipients and media) – including human diploid cells.

Parents object to vaccines for a wide variety of reasons.  In 1979, when parents first encountered the idea of compulsory schoolchild vaccination brought about by Dr. Roberta Coffin, their rights as parents to hold religious or moral objections against one or all vaccines, were protected in the form of “exemptions.”  Senators carefully crafted the wording and intended to preserve parent choice. Doctors of the time fully supported this.

Times have changed. There is no longer any liability and no consumer protection when it comes to vaccine products. When recently faced with the dilemma, our legislature and Governor failed to protect us.

It seems the pendulum may reaching the point at which it will swing in the other direction. I will await further analysis by the legal experts but it seems to me that if this rule is approved, entities tied to a Federal revenue stream who coerce parents to vaccinate against their conscience (moral or religious beliefs), could risk their funding and must place notifications to patients and providers of the civil right to conscience in healthcare decisions. And for those unlucky enough to live in California, West Virginia or Mississippi there may be hope.

The DHHS Rule proposes to treat moral or religious belief as a a civil right – much like race, color or nation of origin.

The Department proposes to uphold the maximum protection for the rights of conscience and the broadest prohibition on discrimination provided by Federal, State, or local law, as consistent with the Constitution. Where a State or local law provides as much or greater protection than Federal law for religious freedom and moral convictions, the Department will not construe Federal law to preempt or impair the application of that law, unless expressly provided.”

More information from US DHHS:

Proposed Rule by US Dept. of Health and Human Services: “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority”

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01226/protecting-statutory-conscience-rights-in-health-care-delegations-of-authority

DHHS SUMMARY:

In the regulation of health care, the United States has a long history of providing conscience-based protections for individuals and entities with objections to certain activities based on religious belief and moral convictions. Multiple such statutory protections apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, or the Department) and the programs or activities it funds or administers. The Department proposes to revise regulations previously promulgated to ensure that persons or entities are not subjected to certain practices or policies that violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate, in violation of such Federal laws. Through this rulemaking, the Department proposes to grant overall responsibility to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for ensuring that the Department, its components, HHS programs and activities, and those who participate in HHS programs or activities comply with Federal laws protecting the rights of conscience and prohibiting associated discriminatory policies and practices in such programs and activities. In addition to conducting outreach and providing technical assistance, OCR will have the authority to initiate compliance reviews, conduct investigations, supervise and coordinate compliance by the Department and its components, and use enforcement tools otherwise available in civil rights law to address violations and resolve complaints. In order to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance and other Department funds comply with their legal obligations, the Department will require certain recipients to maintain records; cooperate with OCR’s investigations, reviews, or other enforcement actions; submit written assurances and certifications of compliance to the Department; and provide notice to individuals and entities about their conscience and associated anti-discrimination rights, as applicable.

COMMENTS:

Submit comments on or before March 27, 2018 – MUST BE identified by RIN 0945-ZA03 or Docket HHS-OCR-2018-0002,

  • You may submit electronic comments at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for the Docket ID number HHS-OCR-2018-0002. Follow the instructions for sending comments.
  • Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail:S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.

~ Jennifer Stella

PS: Ginger Taylor has also written about this, here.

The Vaccine Safety Project – Presentation

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s  comprehensive PowerPoint presentation and companion video reviews the process of vaccine approvals, recommendations, post-marketing safety monitoring and concludes with necessary recommendations for improving vaccine safety and protecting our children from vaccine injuries. We hope this presentation will be used by parents and vaccine safety advocates as a tool to educate local policy makers, state and federal legislators and public health officials who need to know the facts about our federal vaccine programs, vaccine safety and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

View the video here.

View the powerpoint here.

Source: World Mercury Project.

January, 2014

NEWS
  • “The live-attenuated measles vaccine is effective, but measles outbreaks still occur in vaccinated populations. ” (Study)
  • Vaccines, the $100Billion Behomoth (Greater Good)
  • Significant increased incidence of autism spectrum disorders in vaccines containing thimerosal – Translational Neurodegeneration, 2013
  • Dr. Bradley Rauch takes the time and the courage to respond to Senator Mullin in the Rutland Herald
  • New England Journal of Medicine study: Rotavirus vaccine increases the risk of intussusception – (read study)
  • Large trial finds 55% efficacy for 4-strain flu vaccine in kids, CIDRAP News
  • Whooping cough outbreaks are spreading due to failure of the vaccines.
  • Why I Choose Not to Vaccinate my Child, by Amy 
  • Growing Up Unvaccinated, by Laura 
  • What Kind of Life is a Lifetime of Vaccines? by Charlotte
  • Evidence based medicine is broken, British Medical Journal 
  • Mother lode – Superhero sugars in breast milk make the newborn gut safe for beneficial bacteria, ScienceNews

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