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Non-Medical Exemption Reimbursement

December 26, 2023 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Member approved December 14, 2023

WHEREAS, there is considerable evidence that many vaccines for people of all ages have had a significant public health impact1; and

WHEREAS, school age screening mandates help ensure that students are healthy2; and

WHEREAS, we need 95 percent immunization to create herd immunity3; and

WHEREAS, non-medical exemptions have increased thereby reducing rates below herd immunity4; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota has had outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases among school aged children5; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s outbreaks have impacted communities of color in greater numbers6

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minnesota Public Health Association supports:

  1. Policies that encourage vaccination;
  2. Promoting public policies that oppose non-medical exemptions to school age vaccine mandates.

  1. Echeverria-Londono, S., Li, X., Toor, J. et al. How can the public health impact of vaccination be estimated? BMC Public Health 21, 2049 (2021).

  2. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Committee on Applying Neurobiological and Socio-Behavioral Sciences from Prenatal Through Early Childhood Development: A Health Equity Approach; Negussie Y, Geller A, DeVoe JE, editors. Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2019 Jul 25. 1, The Need to Intervene Early to Advance Health Equity for Children and Families. Available from:

  3. Plotkin, S.L. and Plotkin, S.A. (2004) A Short History of Vaccination. Vaccines, 5, 1-16.

  4. News, M. P. R. (2023, September 8). Back-to-school vaccinations urged as MN immunization rate declines. Twin Cities

  5. Leslie TF, Delamater PL, Yang YT. It could have been much worse: The Minnesota measles outbreak of 2017. Vaccine. 2018 Mar 27;36(14):1808-1810. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.02.086. Epub 2018 Feb 26. PMID: 29496348; PMCID: PMC6626669

  6. Covid-19 Vaccine Equity in Minnesota. COVID-19 Vaccine Equity in Minnesota - MN Dept. of Health. (n.d.)

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