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Sat May 25, 2019, 01:36 PM

Janet Mills signs bill ending religious and personal exemptions for vaccinations (Maine)


AUGUSTA, Maine ó Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine.

Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine opt-outs in the nation, and health officials say that rates appear to be rising.

ďAs we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities,Ē said Rep. Ryan Tipping, D-Orono, the billís sponsor.

Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for students at public and private schools and universities, including nursery school. Health care facility employees are also subject to the law.


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