Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Change in Immunization Exemption Law

The 2011 Washington State Legislature passed a law that changes the process for obtaining an immunization exemption. Beginning July 22, 2011, the new law says that if a parent/guardian wants to exempt their child from school or child care immunization requirements, they must first talk with a licensed health care provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations. The provider will sign the Certificate of Exemption form for parents to submit to the school in order to exempt their child. Instead of signing the form, providers may choose to write and sign a letter verifying the same information.

Parents or guardians who demonstrate membership in a church or religious body that does not believe in medical treatment do not have to have a health care provider sign the exemption form.

See Washington State Department of Health “Vaccines Requires for School/Child Care and 2011 Immunization Exemption Law” for additional information.