Learn Your Rights Regarding Vaccines and Legal Exemptions
Vaccine Exemptions Vary By State in the USA.
Download the current California Personal Beliefs Exemptions (CDPH-8262), which can be used and is valid until July 1, 2016
There are three basic exemptions currently available in most states: Medical, Religious and Philosophical:
1. Medical: Available whenever vaccines pose a serious risk of harm to the intended recipient. Normally these require a recommendation from a licensed medical doctor. Authorities can deny medical exemptions even when recommended by a licensed medical doctor.
2. Religious: Available to most people who have a held religious objections. Specific qualifying criteria may vary with different state or federal laws. These are currently offered in 48 states and in all federal jurisdictions.
3. Personal or Philosophical: Available to some people with personal or philosophical objections. Offered in about U.S. currently 20 states for students and in Maine for healthcare workers, but not in any federal jurisdictions or contexts.
Exemptions may not apply in emergency situations. See the Pandemic Response Project for more information on this.
Links to Exemption Forms and Information at NVIC by State: