It is always better to be prepared with anything tied to legal matters than to be surprised with legal challenges. Know your stuff. What would make sense to be our common right at times has been twisted to benefit another entity. A quick check ahead of time can save a lot of headaches and money.
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An Introduction to Vaccine Exemptions
Everywhere routine vaccines are mandated in the United States, one or more exemptions are allowed.
Everywhere vaccines are mandated, at least some people may be eligible to refuse them legally without penalty. Exceptions to vaccine mandates fall into three basic categories:
1. Medical: Generally available whenever vaccines pose a serious risk of harm to the intended recipient. Usually, they require a recommendation from a licensed medical doctor. Some authorities can deny medical exemptions even when recommended by a licensed medical doctor.
2. Religious: Available to most people who have sincerely held religious objections. Specific qualifying criteria may vary with different state or federal laws. These are 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. 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.
DO YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY?
No one is required to hire an attorney to exercise a legal right. However, making informed decisions requires having a sufficient understanding of your rights, and there are few short-answer vaccine exemption questions. Vaccine exemption and waiver law is more complicated than most people realize. Many people end up spending a lot of money paying an attorney to try to get them out of a problem they could have avoided altogether if they had only consulted an attorney ahead of time.
The two best ways to make informed decisions on vaccine exemptions and waivers are to consult an experienced attorney, and/or purchase The Authoritative Guide to Vaccine Legal Exemptions e-book. Beware of Internet advice. Even highly reputable sites, including those of alternative medical doctors and vaccine book authors, provide information about vaccine rights that is usually a mixture of accurate and inaccurate information. Some who have relied on anti-vaccine websites have lost exemption rights unnecessarily. If it doesn’t come from an attorney experienced in this area of the law, beware!
Attorney Phillips has assisted clients and other attorneys around the country with vaccine exemption and waiver matters.
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