On March 3rd, Maine will be the first state in the nation to vote on the vaccine laws that protect children from infectious disease in our schools. Health Access Network backs nearly 60 leading organizations in the No on 1 Coalition to Protect Maine’s Children, and we strongly encourage everyone to vote No on Question 1.
Public Law 154 passed in 2019 after broad support from parents, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, legislators, and the governor. The law eliminates non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements for school attendance, closing the loopholes that threaten community immunity and leave children at risk for contagious infectious disease. Unfortunately, PL 154 is now threatened by Question 1, and the results of this vote will set the standard for children’s safety across the country.
Overwhelming evidence proves that vaccines are safe and effective. They protect all Mainers, including vulnerable children and adults who cannot be immunized for medical reasons.
The facts about vaccines are clear, but confusion is our enemy in this campaign. The ballot wording is complex, and while the vast majority of Mainers support the law, we need to remind voters that their vote counts, and educate them why voting matters so much.
You can learn more about the No on 1 Campaign to Protect Maine’s Children at www.protectmaineschildren.com.
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