We must revoke the Religious Vaccine Exemption in The Garden State!
Immune compromised children are at risk!
Every child needs to be fully vaccinated for health!
OK, how about if just the kids whose families can't afford private school lose their religious exemption? The families who are wealthy or who are able to scrimp and save to send their kids to Parochial, Religious or Private schools will get to keep their exemption.
And this is the message of the amendment which was added yesterday to New Jersey's S2173. These vaccine bills are NOT about public health, kids' health or anything having to with the health except for the lined pockets of politicians, the bottom lines of pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists and probably the teachers' unions. According to ballotpedia, "In New Jersey, there were 211,150 students enrolled in 1,270 private schools in fall 2013. ...There were an estimated 89 charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year ... enrolled approximately 44,600 students."
Assuming Charter Schools are included in the exemption, and I do not know that as of this writing, that's a quarter of a million students in one SMALL but populous state who will not lose their right to a religious exemption for full vaccination. The rest of the kids? Roll up your sleeves or you'll be expelled.
This is an outrage. Removal of the Religious Exemption is revolting enough. To add discrimination based on income or access to a private education is elitist in the extreme.