Parents who do not want to vaccinate their children for schools will now have extra requirements in order to be excused. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill last monday that will require parents to have a certificate stating their religious beliefs that stop them from vaccinating their children. The parents must also present a not from their child’s physician stating that the physician has spoken with the family about the dangers of skipping vaccinations.
The bill, which will not take effect until October 16th of next year, is meant to curb the number of children who are not vaccinated. According to the Washington Post, many parents have spoken up against the bill stating that it creates pressure for them to forgo their religious beliefs. Others have pointed to the Measles outbreak that took place in Disneyland earlier this year that made its way from Central California to 14 other states.
Parents who still wish to skip the vaccination process for their child will have to apply for a certificate stating their beliefs and reasoning, and meet with the physician, although many physicians have stated that they drop children as patients who refuse to be vaccinated due to health reasons. Another aspect of the bill requires parents to claim their beliefs the summer before their kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade years.