HOLMDEL, NJ - When it comes to vaccinations in public schools, the lines cross political parties and political boundaries. From Republican to Democrat and from Monmouth to Camden. The New Jersey Senate has critical votes planned on Monday in the Senate. Specifically, they are voting on removing religious exemptions for public school vaccinations.
The vote, breaking down on political lines mostly, did not have enough support until it found support in Holmdel based Senator Declan O'Scanlon (R-13). He sought - and received - approval for certain amendments. The amendments include allowing private schools to accept unvaccinated students as well as accommodations for families that have documented prior negative medical experiences with vaccines. With the amendment in hand, he has indicated his support with the endeavor.
O'Scanlon's support has also gone national - as seen in Politico
But that news is only a part of the story. While this profound disagreement plays out, a little known Assemblywoman, Pamela Lampitt out of Camden New Jersey, has her own plan for public school children. Mandatory Gardasil. This little known legislation may be the most controversial of all.
Most folks thinks of mumps, rubella, polio and the like in regard to mandatory vaccinations for public school. Many are not aware of the additional conversation of Gardasil for 6th graders. Lampitt has legislation drafted and ready to add a new vaccination entirely, for human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to genital warts and cancer.
The basic language is as follows:
ASSEMBLY, No. 1847
Requires human papillomavirus vaccinations for students in grades six through 12.
"This bill stipulates that the Commissioner of Health would require the immunization of a child for human papilloma virus (HPV) as a condition of enrollment in grades six through 12 or comparable age level for special education programs.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a principal, director, or other person in charge of a public or private school in this State would not knowingly admit or retain in grades six through 12, or comparable age level for special education programs, a child whose parent or guardian did not submit acceptable evidence of the child's immunization for HPV prior to or during enrollment in sixth grade.
The bill also provides that a student would be exempt from receiving the vaccination if a written statement is submitted to the public or private school: by a licensed physician indicating that the vaccine is medically contraindicated for a specific period of time and the reasons for the medical contraindication, based upon valid medical reasons; or by the student or, if the student is a minor, by the student's parent or guardian, explaining how the vaccination conflicts with the bona fide religious tenets or practices of the student or the parent or guardian, as appropriate.
Under the bill's provisions, a general philosophical or moral objection to the vaccination would not be sufficient grounds for a religious exemption to the student receiving the vaccination."
O'Scanlon stated to TAPinto Holmdel, that he does not support including Gardasil as a mandatory vaccination. "I have and will vehemently oppose any effort to add Gardasil or any other vaccine that doesn't defend against casually communicable diseases." said O'Scanlon in an email to this publication.
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