A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make it more difficult to avoid taking mainline vaccines for a child to attend schools in Vermont.
Introduced last week by Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, S.153 would put an end to the religious exemption for taking these vaccines, leaving only a health-related exemption available.
“This bill proposes to eliminate the religious exemption to the requirement that an individual receives age- appropriate immunizations prior to enrollment at a school or a child care facility,” the bill’s description reads.
To attend schools, Vermont currently requests that students take vaccines for several known diseases such as tetanus and measles. Over the year, public debate over COVID vaccine safety has renewed debates over requirements for vaccines in general.
On Twitter earlier this year, former Burlington City Councilor Ed Adrian weighed in on the notion of getting rid of the religious exemption for Vermonters.
At the other end of the age spectrum there is vaccine hesitancy often driven by the left. Also it is time to get rid of the "religious exemption" 🙂 #VTpoli https://t.co/0tdn01BfGB pic.twitter.com/BGAmcQTeNp
— Ed Adrian (@CounselorAdrian) May 3, 2021
Currently, school children are not required to take COVID vaccines to attend schools. However, Campion has expressed interest in starting a discussion to change that.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has footnoted that parents are seeing their children develop complications due to COVID vaccines.
“Approximately 5.1% of parents reported that their child was unable to perform normal daily activities on the day after receipt of dose 1, and 7.4% after receipt of dose 2. Approximately 1% of parents reported seeking medical care in the week after vaccination,” the CDC reported in its December 2021 publication.
Regarding data for non-COVID vaccines, ChildrensHealthDefense.org reported in 2018 that payouts for vaccine injuries had already reached a new milestone.
“The payouts for vaccine injuries just went past the whopping $4 billion mark. Using the government’s own conclusion that only 1% of all vaccine injuries are reported, the $4 billion is just the tip of the iceberg,” their report states. “Despite assurances from CDC and our Federal agencies that all vaccines are safe, the payouts say otherwise.”
When the philosophical exemption was disbanded by Vermont Lawmakers back in 2015, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. visited Vermont to testify that the state should be wary of the pharmaceutical industry’s influence over the regulatory agencies that they rely on for vaccine policy guidance.
“Before you remove the parental power to decide what kind of medical procedures their child has, let’s make sure the regulatory agency is actually functioning,” Kennedy said.
While Vermont and much of the nation continue to discuss vaccine mandates, Japan has adopted a formal vaccination policy that puts to rest any notion that vaccines will be forced or coerced on its citizens.
“Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. Vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided,” Japan’s ministry of health states.