A strict law is decided to be kept by Maine’s legislation that requires parents to vaccinate their children. This is without regard if they have philosophical or religious remonstrance towards the injections.
According to a report, the decision was made after people voted in the Super Tuesday primaries. A petition with over 92,000 signatures a year prior to the decision has asked for the state’s legislation to revoke the law since based on the government “forcing” parents to vaccinate their children. However, due to public health concerns, the petition lost.
Exceptions are granted for children who are unable to receive vaccinations due to medical reasons, according to the law. One of the highest rates of nonmedical exemptions in the country would include Maine. It is also said that a 94-percent drop on vaccination rates among kindergarten-aged children has happened in reference to ‘herd’ immunity.
The law will also affect health care facility employees aside from schools and universities, as reported by Gov. Janet Mills. State legislation made the decision amid the coronavirus global outbreak as medical experts are rapidly searching for ways to treat the virus. She also encouraged the public to follow the new law regardless of their beliefs.
‘One of the first things that public health officials did was begin to work on a vaccine because vaccines save lives,’
The ‘People’s Veto’ referendum aimed to end the non-medical vaccine opt-outs by September 2021.