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No Shots =
No School?

 NOT TRUE. 

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Michigan law allows for medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions from vaccines in daycare and preschool through 12th grade.

You can read how to obtain a school waiver below.

How do I obtain a Certified Waiver?

To obtain a vaccine waiver for school, call the health department in the county of your school district, and then schedule a vaccine waiver education session. 

 

You are not required to provide:

  • Your doctor's name 

  • Your insurance information

  • Your reason for wanting the waiver prior to attending the session

 

Please note that only one parent or legal guardian needs to attend and you are not required to bring your child(ren).

Additional Waiver Q&A

How often do I need to attend a waiver session?

A vaccine waiver is needed for:

  • Each year of state-funded daycare 

  • Preschool

  • Kindergarten

  • 7th grade

  • Any newly enrolled student (to a district)

Who keeps the original copy?

You keep the original waiver, and provide a copy of the waiver to the daycare or school your child is attending. This is also stated on the bottom of the waiver form. 

What is a waiver session at the health department like?

The health department nurse will cover the benefits of vaccines. MVC members who have attended a session reported that they did not receive information about vaccine risks, adverse reactions or how to report them.

Afterward, you will be asked for your reasoning for obtaining a waiver. Acceptable reasons are religious and philosophical. It's not necessary to elaborate; you can state, "Vaccines go against my deeply held beliefs." 

At the end of the session, you may be asked if you'd like to receive any vaccines from the health department nurse. You have the right to accept or decline their offer. 

What if my child has immunity?

If your child has already had an illness and gained natural immunity as a result, you will still need to obtain a vaccine waiver if you choose to skip the vaccine targeting that illness. 

For a current list of vaccines required for entry into schools in Michigan, please check the Health department website.

MVC Members

Tell MVC about your waiver session experience via this secure form: Waiver Session Feedback

Did you know?

The flu and HPV vaccines are not mandatory for Michigan students, and do not require a vaccine waiver.

 

Language in school communications may make it seem like these shots are required, but they are not. If you have a concern, inform the administrators and ask them to make it clear that these vaccines are optional.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

According to Federal FERPA privacy law, a child’s immunization records and waiver/exemption statements are part of their education record. As a result, they are subject to FERPA protection and cannot be released to third parties such as the local and state health departments without explicit, affirmative, parental consent.

Are schools committing a FERPA violation by sharing the personal health information of their students? 

Michigan for Vaccine Choice is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing educational information about the subject of vaccinations, while protecting and supporting individuals and parents to make vaccine decisions in Michigan.

This website and all materials are for educational purposes only.

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