Maine - Vaccination Waiver: Policy requirement

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

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

Code of Maine Rules 05-071-126 Immunization Requirements

A child who does not meet the immunization/immunity requirement may be enrolled in school under the following circumstances:

    1. The parent provides the school with a written assurance that the child will be immunized by private effort within ninety days of enrolling (officially registering) in school or first attendance in school classes, whichever date is the earliest. The granting of this 90 day period is a one-time provision. A child transferring from one school to another within the state may not be granted a second 90-day period, however, a period of 21 calendar days may be granted to allow for the transfer of health records from one school to another.
    1. The parent grants written consent for the child's immunization by a public health officer, physician, nurse or other authorized person in their employ, or acting as an agent of the school, where such immunization programs are in effect.
    1. The parent (or child) presents to the school each year a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.
    1. The parent states in writing each year an opposition to immunization because of a sincere religious belief or for philosophical reasons.

Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 6255 Enrollment in school

A superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease, except as follows.

1. Written assurance. The parent provides a written assurance the child will be immunized within 90 days by private effort or provides, where applicable, a written consent to the child's immunization by a health officer, physician, nurse or other authorized person in public or private employ.

2. Medical exemption. The parent or the child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

3. Philosophical or religious exemption. The parent states in writing a sincere religious belief that is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons.
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Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 6359 Immunization of students

2. Immunization. Except as otherwise provided under this section, every student shall have administered an adequate dosage of an immunizing agent against each disease as specified by rule.

Any such immunizing agent shall meet standards for the biological products, approved by the United States Public Health Service and the dosage requirement specified by the Department of Health and Human Services.

3. Enrollment of school. No chief administrative officer may permit any student to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease, except as follows.

  • A. The parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

  • B. The student or the parent, if the student is a minor, states in writing a sincere religious belief, which is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons.
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