On March 14, the NJ Senate Health, Human Service and Senior Citizens Committee release S2625, a bill that “Clarifies statutory exemptions from mandatory immunizations for students.” 


NJPHI chair, Dr. Drew Harris, testified in support of this important legislation and highlighted the significant increase in the number of religious exemptions granted since the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services implemented new policies instructing local officials to grant exemptions without question to any child whose parents stated that mandatory vaccines were contrary to their religious beliefs. 

 

Renee Steinhagen, Executive Director of NJ Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, testified about the constitutionality of procedures requiring parents to demonstrate the sincerity of their bona fide religious concerns in order to be granted an exemption. 

 

The committee voted to release the bill for full consideration by the NJ Senate.


A full copy of Dr. Harris' written testimony is available here.