Vaccination has ALWAYS been a voluntary procedure in the State of Vermont. See also: Historical Perspectives.
In 1979, “Moral Exemptions” and “Religious Exemptions” were built into the original “school immunization” law in Vermont. Lawmakers and doctors respected that parents must always reserve the right not to inject a serum into their children, whether they are religious or not, because the product could cause harm. Click here to view/download the original “exemption” form.
Just seven years later, in 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, shielding vaccine manufacturers and doctors from civil product liability and malpractice lawsuits when a permanent disability or death is caused by a vaccine.
If the AAP and CDC’s vaccine “recommendations” are followed, babies born in 2016 will receive 50 injections by age 18. This is seven times the number of injections recommended in 1983, before industry was freed from liability for product harm.
In 2007, Merck and some legislators tried, but failed, to mandate the HPV vaccine for school entry in Vermont. At that time, “Moral Exemptions” were re-named to “Philosophical Exemptions.”
In 2011, the Supreme Court decided Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, prohibiting any individual from filing a civil suit for a defectively designed vaccine in any US court. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors now enjoy extraordinary protection against liability for vaccine injury or death that may occur after they “give” a vaccine.
After intense lobbying by pharma and the medical industry, “Philosophical Exemptions” were deleted from Vermont law on July 1, 2016. All non-medical exemptions were deleted from California law, just weeks later.
Today, only “Religious Exemptions” remain available to Vermont parents (unless you can secure a medical exemption from your doctor). In addition, Health Department employees have modified “required educational material” and are choosing to withhold important product risk information from parents, while pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and some lawmakers have vowed to take the religious exemption away.
Please help defend your inalienable right to make conscientious medical decisions for your children by joining the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice, today. Make a donation. Get active. Do everything you can to help others understand.