Idaho Schools Now Required to Notify Parents of Vaccine Exemptions

On April 19, Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 298 into law, requiring school officials to inform parents that vaccine exemptions exist when they send out information about vaccinations.  Specifically, the amendment to Idaho Code 39-4802 states,

School officials shall describe the exemption provided in this section and provide a citation to this section in any communication to parents and guardians regarding immunization.”

In their communications with parents, schools must provide both the description of the exemption and cite the statute, which also states,

Any minor child whose parent or guardian has submitted a signed statement to school officials stating their objections on religious or other grounds shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.”

An organization that shines a light on health issues in Idaho, Health Freedom Idaho (HFI), is celebrating this change in Idaho Code. In a press release, HFI said, “Idaho parents will finally receive full transparency about what is actually required by Idaho law.”

HFI also highlighted what parents should do if they receive communications from a school about vaccine requirements that do not include the above language. According to HFI’s press release,

“If parents receive any form of communication regarding vaccine requirements after July 1 that doesn’t properly include the exemption information, they should:

  • contact the school board, their district, and the superintendent
  • contact the Health and Welfare Department
  • contact the Department of Education

Covid Vaccines and Children

Some parents are questioning whether their children should be given the Covid “vaccine.” The short answer is that all Covid “vaccines” have been issued under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and are not approved for children under 16.

Health Freedom Idaho underscored the truth about medical treatments issued under an Emergency Use Authorization, stating,

EUA is not the same as FDA approval, and under 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3, medical products for emergency use must have informed consent and are not allowed to be mandatory.”

In a presentation to citizens and legislators at Idaho’s State Capitol on March 18, 2021, Dr. Ryan Cole, CEO of Cole Diagnostics and a Board Certified, Mayo Clinic trained pathologist who has been in practice for 18 years, also stated that Emergency Use Authorized treatments of any type cannot be mandated.

Cole also questioned the need to administer Covid “vaccines” to children, stating, “Do we need to vaccinate children for a virus they survive with a statistical rate of essentially 100%? Especially with the risks we know could happen down the road? This is a question to think about when we don’t know what those long-term safety outcomes are.

Cole also said, “None [of the Covid vaccines] are currently authorized for children. Moderna and J&J are for age 18 and above. Pfizer is 16.”

Children are at very low risk for Covid

Regarding the risks for Covid deaths in children, Cole was unmistakably clear. “Now that we can do a retrospective analysis, we know that children and young people remain at a low risk for Covid mortality. Out of the 74,000,000 children in the United States aged 0-18, there have 226 deaths this year (as of March 17, 2021).”

Cole added, “In a classroom, it is not very likely that Covid will spread child-to-child, and it’s far less likely that it will spread from child-to-teacher. It would generally be the other way around.”  Cole also quoted from the respected medical journal, The Lancet, saying, “Children, especially aged 0-10, are not a significant factor in the spread of Covid-19.”

Health Freedom Idaho offered parents something to think about, saying, “As a parent, are you willing to have your child participate in a  study using an experimental and, as yet, unproven intervention that is unlike any other intervention that modern medicine has developed?

Covid “vaccines” have not been significantly tested

HFI pointed out that none of the “vaccines” currently being packaged as Covid treatments have ever been tested in animals, let alone humans, in either short-term or long-term studies.

“We have absolutely no idea what effects these interventions will have in our children nor the population at large.”

HFI believes parents should be able to make informed choices, and they applauded the legislature for passing HB 298, saying we need “full transparency when it comes to the current required vaccines for school enrollment.” But they also reminded parents to stay on top of what happens with schools and vaccines. “It is imperative that parents hold their schools accountable to the new addition to code that requires full disclosure of vaccine exemptions.”

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