This bill will require that religious exemption from vaccination forms be notarized.
Bill passed the House and the Senate, and now must be signed by the governor.
1028 children in Connecticut public and private schools, in kindergarten through 7th grade, had a religious exemption in the 2013-2014 school year. That is up from 316 religious expeditions in the 2003-2004 school year.
Requiring parents to obtain a signed waiver is not unreasonably burdensome, and it prevents parents from exploiting the religious exemption out of convenience.
Maintaining high immunization rates is an incredibly effective way to prevent many diseases, and HB 6949 will help protect our community while allowing parents to freely practice their religion.
WHAT TO DO
Contact Governor Malloy in support of this bill and ask him to promptly signHB 6949 into law.