Today, there is a rally in Hartford, Connecticut to tell legislators loud and clear that we do not consent to the removal of the Religious Exemption to vaccination.
Meet at the entrance of Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT to pick up your signs, if you ordered one, and get your demonstration location assignment.
ASSEMBLE 7:30-9:30 am
Assemble in assigned locations so legislators and media see us when they arrive for the day.
PRESS CONFERENCE 10:00 am
Press conference at Connecticut State Capitol, Capitol North Steps, (Facing Bushnell Park), 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
ADVOCATE 10:30 am-12:00 pm
From WTNH, New Haven, CT
Will the religious exemption on childhood vaccinations be repealed in Connecticut?
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont will be addressing the state in the governor’s annual State of the State address on Wednesday ahead of the general legislative session. One of the “hot button” issues expected to receive some attention in the 2020 session is religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations.
The repeal of the exemption is slated for action in February.
Those against mandating vaccinations said this bill will kick the door open. It’s not just about the current schedule of shots — they believe it will lay the groundwork to force people into flu shots and HPV shots, not just for kids, but adults, too.
Melissa Sullivan of Health Choice CT believes this bill is a slippery slope to allow the government to choose a medical procedure for your child and potentially you as an adult: “We want to be able to make medical decisions for our children with our doctors.”
Health Choice Connecticut is a grassroots group of parents, doctors, and health professionals who believe it is your right to choose whether to vaccinate your child. Ramping up their message they just unveiled billboards on the highways leading to the Capitol.
House Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford says the ban is about protecting vulnerable populations. Ritter explained, “We have children who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons and that’s who we are trying to protect here.”
Representative Ritter and others are concerned kids with diseases like cancer can’t get vaccinated and are vulnerable.
But Sullivan says those kids are not in school. She explained that she does not rely on other parents to vaccinate their kids to keep her immuno-compromised child healthy. Read more here.