CERTIFICATE OF RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION
On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law, effective for the 2015-2016 school year, states that parents/legal guardians who have a religious objection to immunizations or health examinations must complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption form, signed by a health care provider.
The health care provider who signs the form attests to educating the parent/legal guardian about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating their student. The Certificate of Religious Exemption form also requires the parent/legal guardian to attest to understanding that their child may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease exposure or outbreak.