Naomi Malik, a chiropractor in Woodstock, Vermont region, is concerned that her children may soon be banned from attending school due to her refusal to sign a vaccine exemption form that she contest the facts over. Malik believes the Vermont Vaccine Religious Exemption form is inaccurate. Malik has an 8-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. Starting today, they will no longer be eligible to attend Woodstock Elementary School due to their mom’s refusal to sign the document.
Malik contends that the documents statement that reads “The risk of side effects from a vaccine is far lower than the risk of complications from a vaccine-preventable disease,” is grossly inaccurate.
“I feel like I’m being backed into a corner. I’m being bullied,” Malik said in an interview on Friday. “I don’t follow the recommended (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) schedule for my children, but that’s not what this is about.” Malik told Valley News.
The goal of the document is to express that vaccines are completely safe. But Malik says that the document’s sourcing is not “evidence-based.”
“I am currently unable, in good conscience, to sign an exemption form acknowledging that I have read evidence-based material,” she said in a letter written to state officials. It is believed that this letter, sent in September, is the spark that prompted the banning of her children. The state has now sent her a “Notice of Exclusion” document which conveys that until her two children are vaccinated, they will be banned from school.
Principal Shaun Pickett said he would not comment on individual cases, but also made it clear through a statement that he does not support Malik in her greivance. “In my mind it’s the law, and it’s not up to me to allow someone not to follow the law and put every other child in the building at risk,” he said to VNews.
Here is Dr. Malik speaking on Functional Medicine two years ago.