AG says state can eliminate religious exemption

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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says the state has the authority to “eliminate the religious exemption” for children’s vaccinations.

In a letter to House Majority Leader Matt Ritter and other legislative leaders, Tong says, 

“…the law is clear that the State of Connecticut may create, eliminate or suspend the religious exemption in accordance with its well settled power to protect public safety and health.”

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The opinion comes just days after the Department of Public Health released statistics showing some schools with exemption rates far above those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to avoid measles outbreaks.

The full letter from AG Tong can be read by clicking here.

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