Illinois - Vaccination Waiver: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 694.210 Religious Exemption

A student may be exempted from the immunization requirements specified in this Part upon acceptance by the designated record keeping office of a written and signed statement by the student (or the student's parent or guardian, if the student is a minor) detailing the student's objection to immunization on religious grounds. The objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the immunization. The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow immunizations will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1 Health examinations and immunizations.

Children of parents or legal guardians who object to health, dental, or eye examinations or any part thereof, to immunizations, or to vision and hearing screening tests on religious grounds shall not be required to undergo theexaminations, tests, or immunizations to which they so object if such parents or legal guardians present to the appropriate local school authority a signed Certificate of Religious Exemption detailing the grounds for objection and the specific immunizations, tests, or examinations to which they object. The grounds for objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the examination, test, immunization, or other medical intervention. The signed certificate shall also reflect the parent's or legal guardian's understanding of the school's exclusion policies in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure.


Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 665.510 Religious Objection

a) Children entering any public, private or parochial school or a preschool program operated by an elementary or secondary school or institution of higher learning whose parents or legal guardians object to health, dental or eye examinations or any part thereof, to immunizations, or to vision and hearing screening tests on religious grounds shall not be required to undergo the examinations, tests or immunizations to which they so object if such parents or legal guardians present to the appropriate local school authority a signed Certificate of Religious Exemption detailing the grounds for the objection and the specific immunizations, tests or examinations to which they object in accordance with subsections (f) and (g).

b) The grounds for the religious objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the examination, test, immunization or other medical intervention. The religious objection stated need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. However, general philosophical or moral reluctance to allow physical examinations, eye examinations, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, or dental examinations does not provide a sufficient basis for an exception.

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