Portland, Maine, Mar 4, 2020 / 12:00 pm
Maine voters Tuesday upheld a ban on exemptions to the requirement that students in Maine schools be vaccinated.
Voters in the state rejected an effort to overturn a state law that will go into effect next September. The law eliminates parents' ability to opt-out of the state's school enrollment vaccination requirement because of their philosophical or religious beliefs.
LD 798 passed in May 2019. Under the law, a child must be vaccinated to attend any school, public or private, unless there is a medical reason preventing vaccination, such as an allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine.
The law does not mandate vaccinations; but does require them for school enrollment.