Rhode Island - Vaccination Waiver: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

216-RICR-30-05-3 Immunization and Communicable Disease Testing in Preschool, School, Colleges or Universities

A. Each student, upon initial entry to any preschool or school in this state, shall furnish evidence to the administrative head of the preschool or school (pursuant to the requirements of section 3.4 of these rules and regulations) that the student has been immunized, as required in sections 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 herein, unless the student is in an exempt category.


216-RICR-30-05-3 Immunization and Communicable Disease Testing in Preschool, School, Colleges or Universities

  1. A student may only be exempt from the immunization requirements described in these Regulations for either of the two (2) reasons stated below:
    • a. A physician, a physician assistant, a certified registered nurse practitioner, or other licensed practitioner acting within his/her scope of practice signs the Rhode Island Department of Health’s “Medical Immunization Exemption Certificate” provided by the school attesting that the student is exempt from a specific vaccine because of medical reasons, in accordance with ACIP recommendations; or
    • b. a parent or guardian completes and signs the Department’s “Religious Immunization Exemption Certificate” provided by the school, attesting that immunization conflicts with the tenets of their religious beliefs.
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