|NJ||S2332||2016||OPPOSE||Any vendors in a health care facility would have to receive mandated vaccinations.|
|NJ||S801||2016||OPPOSE||Restricts religious exemptions to vaccination in NJ|
|NJ||A1810||2016||OPPOSE||Requires healthcare facilities to establish flu vaccination policies|
|NJ||A2647||2016||OPPOSE||Requires human papillomavirus vaccinations for students in grades six through 12.|
|NJ||A718||2016||Support||Provides for medical exemption from influenza vaccination based on allergy to any vaccine ingredient.|
|NJ||A520||2016||Support||Exempts child under age six from hepatitis B vaccine requirement if child’s mother tested negative for hepatitis B during her pregnancy.|
New Jersey Vaccine Exemptions as They Currently Exist
The following information is meant to explain New Jersey vaccination exemptions as they currently exist.
Under New Jersey law, there are two types of exemptions available to parents that may be used when registering NJ students for school:
- Medical – This may be granted when a child has an adverse reaction or contraindication to a vaccine, in accordance with CDC guidelines, and will exempt that child from further vaccines of the same type. It must be written by a physician or nurse practitioner. It is for that child only and may not be extended to siblings.
- Religious – A parent or guardian may file a religious exemption if the practice of vaccination violates a sincerely held religious belief. The parent or guardian must write a letter to the school nurse in order to claim this exemption. A RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN THE REASON IS RELIGIOUS. NEW JERSEY LAW DOES NOT PERMIT PARENTS TO EXEMPT THEIR CHILDREN FOR PHILOSOPHICAL, MORAL, OR CONSCIENTIOUS REASONS.
In addition, under some circumstances, children may be exempted from a specific vaccine when a blood test indicates that they have a certain level of antibodies, also known as serology titers, to that illness. An example of this is Holly’s Law (http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/antibody_titer_law.pdf), but there are other situations when it may also apply.
For more information, see the New Jersey Department of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions about immunization regulations
Find Your NJ Legislator
Reach out to your NJ legislators and let them know how you feel and whether you support or oppose the bills listed above. Find out who they are and how to contact them here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us
Click the “Find Your Legislator” link in the column on the left.
2014/2015 (Old Bill Numbers) NJ Vaccine Legislation Bill Nubmers
|NJ||A1534||1/27/2014||SUPPORT||Provides for a conscientious exemption to vaccination|
|NJ||A2570||2/11/2014||SUPPORT||Eliminates use of vaccines containing mercury over three years|
|NJ||S1176||1/31/2014||OPPOSE||Requires healthcare facilities to establish flu vaccination policies|
|NJ||A351||1/27/2014||WATCH||Makes changes to exemptions to vaccination|