Updates to Idaho Vaccine Exemptions
Idaho has some of the strongest languages in the US when it comes to parental rights and vaccine exemptions Not only do we have all three exemptions in place (medical, philosophical, and religious), and not only do parents have it in statute *and* in the rules that we have the right to submit our statement on any form (we do not have to use the state form), but now the schools *must* by law inform parents of these rights and must cite this section of code!!
It took years of work to protect, clarify, change the rules, and now add these new 26 words, but we have succeeded. Now – we must defend, educate, and keep it in place.
Here are two letters that can be used for your vaccine exemption for DAYCARE or SCHOOL.
Both samples cite the correct and applicable sections of the Idaho code as well as the administrative rules.
Just added: Section (3) to Idaho Code 39-4802:TITLE 39HEALTH AND SAFETY CHAPTER 48 IMMUNIZATION 39-4802. EXEMPTIONS.
(1) Any minor child whose parent or guardian has submitted to school officials a certificate signed by a physician licensed by the state board of medicine stating that the physical condition of the child is such that all or any of the required immunizations would endanger the life or health of the child shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Any minor child whose parent or guardian has submitted a signed statement to school officials stating their objections on religious or other grounds shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
(3) School officials shall describe the exemptions provided in this section and provide a citation to this section in any communication to parents and guardians regarding immunization.
History:[(39-4802) 1978, ch. 240, sec. 1, p. 624; am. and redesignated 1979, ch. 313, sec. 2, p. 846; am. 2021, ch. 263, sec. 2, p. 811.]
See also Idaho Code 39-4804 which details that vaccines are not mandatory, may be refused, parents are entitled to information about complications, and that opting out may not be used against a parent in any way.