The state of Florida currently offers two forms of immunization exemptions: Medical and Religious. These exemptions are provided for children under 18 years of age by The Florida Department of Health. College students and adults are not provided exemptions from Florida Department of Health.
Private health care providers may grant a Temporary Medical Exemption (TME), documented on the Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, for those who are in the process of completing any necessary immunizations. The TME requires an expiration date after which the exemption is no longer valid, and the immunizations must be completed before or at that time.
A Permanent Medical Exemption, documented on the Form DH 680, can be granted if a child cannot be fully immunized due to medical reasons. In this case, the child’s physician must state in writing, the reasons for exemption based on valid clinical reasoning or evidence.
A request for a religious exemption from immunization requirements must be presented to the facility/school on the Department of Health’s Religious Exemption From Immunization (DH 681 Form). Religious exemption from immunization requirements is located at: floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/schoolguide.pdf.
If you have a child in college, all students who attend a Florida college and reside on campus should receive a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccine, or submit a waiver stating that they do not want the vaccine (if the student is under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver). You should contact the specific college to find out their requirements and procedures.
IMPORTANT! It is critical to note that by law the Health Department cannot deny you a Religious Exemption for any reason. Moreover, they cannot compel you to sign any document. The only requirement is for you to show up in person and request the exemption. No other activities are required. If they attempt to have you sign any documents, please let them know they are in violation. If they insist you meet with staff to discuss vaccinations please let them know it is a violation as well and they have no statutory or regulatory rules that allow for this. If you have any violations or are prevented from receiving an exemption please provide them with the contact information of Department of Health’s Chief Legal Counsel, Amanda Bush (firstname.lastname@example.org or call her cell 850-666-0980.) Please contact her as well and let her know the DOH is in violation of the law.
Again, do not let them coerce or force you to sign or participate in any discussions. It is government overreach if they attempt these actions and it is up to you to let them know they are obstructing your Rights.
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Law firm Siri/Glimstad has pulled together information for review on employment options when opting out of vaccinations.
Typically, the most efficient and economical avenue to avoid a vaccine mandate is to obtain a religious or medical exemption. Attorneys Are helped hundreds of individuals obtain a vaccine exemption. For religious exemptions, note that religion is defined broadly under applicable law, so you do not need to belong to any specific religion. Your religion does not have to be opposed to vaccination because it is the personal religious belief that matters. If you are seeking an exemption, you can watch the below webinar or retain Siri for individualized assistance.
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More Information: https://www.sirillp.com/religious-vaccine-exemptions-in-the-workplace/
As of January 2021!
Not just children but everyone in Florida has been added to the Florida Shots database to allow the government agencies to track your vaccination status!
Everyone is automatically OPTED IN to Florida Shots the Governments Vaccine Tracking Registry. There is what they are calling an “Opt-Out” option.
While, there is no “true” Opt-Out as the data will remain in the Government database, if you provide a completed Opt-Out form to Florida Shots your information will be “blocked” for anyone to view.
You do not need to complete any form to participate in Florida SHOTS however, to remove yourself or your child you must complete an Opt-Out Form and submit it to Florida Shots. Once you have opted out you will have to send a written request to opt you or your child back into the registry. With the aggressive Biden Administration tactics regarding the COVID vaccine we encourage all Floridian’s to take advantage of the Opt-Out option to retain your privacy.
To find death and injury stats go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html (CDC added to the death toll on a operate page, this week)-To find all other stats go to: www.openvaers.com, or the direct source is https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html
SB2006 Passed and was signed into Law this past May (2021). It aimed at stemming the tide of local and state government overreach during emergencies. It included a Permanent ban on what has been known to be called by Main Stream Media, as the “COVID-19 Vaccine Passports” as it relates to business, government and educational access.
The Key highlights
Neither the state nor local governments can close businesses or keep students out of in-person instruction at Florida schools, except for hurricane emergencies, and caps all local emergency at seven-day increments.
The legislation also allows the Governor of Florida to invalidate a local emergency order if it unnecessarily restricts individual rights or liberties. The Language in the bill said the Legislature’s intent is to “minimize the negative effects of an extended emergency” as it relates to the economy or schooling.
Additionally, the legislation orders the prohibition of what has been deemed “COVID-19 vaccine passports” as it relates to the economy and schooling. It also gives a fine for businesses or institutions that require vaccine documentation (either verification of the vaccination or gained immunity status. Now, any Business or schools that require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or immunity status would get slapped with a $5,000 fine for each customer or student that’s affected.
Governor DeSantis is quoted at the time of signing saying: “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”
During debate on the senate floor, in a surprise move, Senator Pizzo pushed adding two amendments that would protect only the vaccinated employees and strike down protections for those unvaccinated employees. Thankfully, both were voted down!
Senator Danny Burgess also stated that there is still work that needs to be done and I look forward to marching towards a better, safer future.”
To Senator Burgess’s statement he is spot on! No rest for the weary. While we made huge gains here in protecting individual choice, as it relates to economy & schooling. We must keep pace and focus on the areas where we have gaps as this bill addressed the economy and schooling. First, the medical establishments being exempt, as they have in the past, have the option to decline to see patients who do not vaccinate. That isn’t a loss as it existed previously. Just didn’t gain ground. Which has happened to me twice in 8 years. Second, they did not carry the employer/employee protections. We also need to acknowledge that House Rep Anthony’s Sabatini’s bill that would remove the word “vaccine” from the emergency law passed more than 20 years ago didn’t move forward at this time. These proactive measures did help a vast amount of people in this state and we are thrilled to see that we have moved from a defensive posture to, now, the offense mindset to push for our protections.
Just like this session our goal is to push for civil rights protection for our personal and private Health Status. Discrimination of an individual based on race, ethnicity, sex, disability, OR HEALTH STATUS should never be accepted and we need language into law to permanently protect individuals' health status from being discriminated against or segregated in any way. Moreover, bringing Medical privacy back from the grip of our government that the took from us back in 2019 with HB213.