Utah - Vaccination Waiver: Policy requirement

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

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

Utah Code 53G-9-303. Immunizations required -- Exceptions -- Grounds for exemption from required immunizations.

(1) A student may not enter school without a certificate of immunization, except as provided in this section.
(2) Except as provided in Section 53E-3-905, a student who at the time of school enrollment has not been completely immunized against each specified disease may attend school under a conditional enrollment if the student has received one dose of each specified vaccine prior to enrollment.
(3) A student is exempt from receiving the required immunizations if there is presented to the appropriate official of the school one or more of the following:

  • (a) a certificate from a licensed physician stating that due to the physical condition of the student one or more specified immunizations would endanger the student's life or health;
  • (b) A completed form obtained at the local health department where the student resides, providing:
    • (i) the information required under Subsection 53G-9-304(1); and
    • (ii) a statement that the person has a personal belief opposed to immunizations, which is signed by one of the individuals listed in Subsection 53G-9-303(3)(c) and witnessed by the local health officer or his designee; or
  • (c) a statement that the person is a bona fide member of a specified, recognized religious organization whose teachings are contrary to immunizations, signed by one of the following persons:
    • (i) one of the student's parents;
    • (ii) the student's guardian;
    • (iii) a legal age brother or sister of a student who has no parent or guardian; or
    • (iv) the student, if of legal age.

Utah Code 53G-9-301 (Superceded 7/01/18). Certificate of Immunization Required.

(1) Unless exempted for personal, medical, or religious objections as provided in Section 53G-9-303, a student may not attend a public, private, or parochial kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school through grade 12, nursery school, licensed day care center, child care facility, family care home, or headstart program in this state unless there is presented to the appropriate official of the school a certificate of immunization from a licensed physician or authorized representative of the state or local health department stating that the student has received immunization against communicable diseases as required by rules adopted under Section 53G-9-305.


Utah Administrative Code R396-100-5 Exemptions

A parent claiming an exemption to immunization for medical, religious or personal reasons, as allowed by Section 53A-11-302, shall provide to the student's school or early childhood program the required completed forms. The schoolor early childhood program shall attach the forms to the student's USIR.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

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