Did Trump Lay the Groundwork to Ban Mandatory Vaccinations?

Have you heard that Donald Trump is going to ban mandatory vaccinations?

Or that he is going to ban childhood vaccinations all together?

Guess what?

That’s right, neither is true.

Did Trump Lay the Groundwork to Ban Mandatory Vaccinations?

To be sure, anti-vaccine folks were likely excited when Donald Trump was elected President.

Donald Trump's vaccine and autism tweet.

In addition to his tweets that tried to associate vaccines with autism, there were reports that he was going to set up a committee on vaccine safety that would be headed by Robert F Kennedy, Jr!

So the idea that he might try to ban vaccines was probably thought of as a safe bet for some.

Fortunately, it wasn’t.

Which vaccines kids need to go to daycare and school are mandated by state law. Despite what some folks might think, there are no federal vaccine mandates.

While there is a new a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights, it doesn't ban vaccinations.
While there is a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights, it doesn’t ban vaccinations.

And even with the announcement of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), there is no ban on mandatory vaccinations across the United States.

“The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights.”

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Could you interpret this is laying the groundwork for allowing religious exemptions to vaccines?

Again, vaccine mandates are set by state law, so no, you shouldn’t. Anyway, almost all states already allow religious exemptions to getting vaccinated, even though no major religion is actually against vaccinating and protecting kids from life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Conscience protections apply to health care providers who refuse to perform, accommodate, or assist with certain health care services on religious or moral grounds.”

Conscience Protections for Health Care Providers

A proposed rule, Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority, that might have affected vaccines funded by Federal medical assistance programs, never took effect. In fact, the White House urged HHS to not finalize the rule after the Office of Management and Budget said they weren’t complying with necessary rules to get it implemented on time.

 “The AAP wishes to underscore its recognition of the important role of religion in the personal,spiritual, and social lives of many individuals, including health providers. Balancing that role with efforts to ensure children have appropriate access to needed health and social services is critical to meeting their health needs and supporting their health and well being. As HHS considers potential changes to regulations and policy guidance to encourage the provision of grants and contracts to faith-based organizations, we urge you to ensure that federal policy does not undermine children’s access to needed care and services.”

Collen Kraft, MD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Not surprisingly, major medical associations were against the proposed rule, and not just because of potential effects on vaccines, even though it wouldn’t have actually banned vaccines.

“The proposal would dramatically expand the discretion that religious or moral objectors have to refuse care without meaningful safeguards to ensure that the rights of those receiving care are protected.”

AMA on HHS should withdraw proposal on health care conscience rights

Sadly, as Kennedy and many anti-vaccine folks focus and what they think are toxins and poisons in vaccines, they seem to be ignoring the fact that Donald Trump is going to expose our kids to many more real toxins and poisons through his efforts to slash Clean Water Act protections and other EPA regulations.

At least we can look forward to no bans on mandatory vaccines, even though many parents continue to abuse existing vaccine exemptions, putting us all at risk.

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11 thoughts on “Did Trump Lay the Groundwork to Ban Mandatory Vaccinations?

  1. “Sadly, as Kennedy and many anti-vaccine folks focus and what they think are toxins and poisons in vaccines, they seem to be ignoring the fact that Donald Trump is going to expose our kids to many more real toxins and poisons through his efforts to slash Clean Water Act protections and other EPA regulations.”

    His efforts to slash “Clean Water Act” protections and “other EPA regulations” are going to expose “our” kids to many more “real” toxins and poisons?

    Which protections and regulations are those?

    Are you just making stuff up? Are you a childless woman? Communist?

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  2. This is fear mongering Democrat nonsense. Do your research and read the side effects the ingredients the animal and human dna ingredients in every vaccine. If your vaccines work they would not shed and you that do poison yourselves and your crotch rats would be extremely healthy. Unvaccinated people are amongst the healthiest groups of people in the world. No vaccines are mandatory and you can have medical religious or philosophical exemptions in any state some just one some all 3 but all states have an exemption. All schools have kids that are unvaccinated and a child injured by vaccines.

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    1. why Democrat? I’m a democrat and don’t support manditory vaccines. Pretty much every other democrat I know doesn’t support mandatory vaccinations. This isn’t a party issue, this is a big Pharma issue. Stop partisan blaming and maybe, you know, actually talk to people around you. You may be surprised.

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    2. I think it’s false that no major religion is against vaccines. I believe the Muslim community is against them due to the ingredients in them (especially the human diploid cells) and now that many other religions are aware of more of the ingredients they are following suit.

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  3. Many vaccines contain pieces of aborted babies and fetus tissue. Injecting is the same as consuming, cannibalism is illegal yet we have people that think “its all good”. Really based on that one simple fact, every religion condemns vaccinations on some level.

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    1. While there is no actual fetal tissue in vaccines, some vaccines do have a tenuous link to fetal tissue.

      Certain vaccines, including the Mumps Measles Rubella (MMR) vaccine, contain live attenuated (weakened) viruses which can stimulate immunity but cannot cause disease. The viruses are cultured in aborted fetal tissue cells. The cells were obtained more than 50 years ago, as a result of elective abortions — and today the cells are more than three generations removed from their origin.

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      1. I will pay for you to go get every vaccine on the market in one sitting. Let’s talk after that…if you can even form a sentence at that point.

        The fact that you can say with certainty that everyone is genetically the same and there is no chance that a vaccine will harm certain individuals is just ignorant and stupid. Everyone should have the right to decide what is best for themselves and their children. Go fuck yourself.

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  4. If vaccines work and you have been vaccinated….you should have nothing to worry about, right.? I’m sure you use that same logic when someone ttys to exhibit their constitutional rights with a cop. ” if you have not done anything wrong, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

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