New School Year, New Vaccine Requirements In Tennessee

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

During the 2021-2022 school year, parents and guardians were required to have a healthcare provider sign for religious exemptions to vaccines but the new school year has seen a significant change in that requirement.

Recently, the religious exemptions requirement has been changed to allow for the student’s parent or guardian to sign, with no need for a signature from a healthcare provider or doctor.

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The Wilson County chapter chairwoman for Moms for Liberty, Amanda Price, states that one of their missions is to ensure that parents know what their rights are and have the information they need to make informed decisions about vaccines.

“If parents decide that it’s (vaccines) are against their religious beliefs, then they can provide documentation for that (to the student’s school),” Price said.

Meanwhile the CDC and other health organizations continue to push the COVID vaccine.

Vanderbilt Medical Center professor Dr. William Schaffner did, however, confirm that the COVID vaccine is voluntary for children in Tennessee schools.

Schaffner said that the COVID vaccine is a “completely voluntary vaccine, but one that is urged and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC and the World Health Organization.”

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

One thought on “New School Year, New Vaccine Requirements In Tennessee

  • August 7, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Are forms submitted or hand written documentation?


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