Vaccine Exemptions

Wisconsin law includes three vaccine exemptions:

  • Personal belief
  • Religious
  • Medical

What is religious exemption?

“..any comprehensive belief, whether conventionally religious or secularistic, is constitutionally protected. Moreover, such First Amendment protection is essential to our democracy because each adult citizen must be free to advocate any political evaluation she or he finds convincing. If “we the people” are sovereign, each person should be sovereign over her or his belief about the ultimate basis of evaluation. It also follows that popular sovereignty is impossible when differing religious beliefs are assumed immune to public discussion and debate because somehow suprarational and thus “solely a matter of faith.” Our democracy implies government through full and free discussion and debate inclusive of differing comprehensive beliefs.”

Franklin I. Gamwell, Shailer Mathews Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School

The following links on this page provide information on vaccine exemptions: