Although health issues are a proper governmental concern, this vaccination bill (“Draft bill targets vaccine opt-outs,” Dec. 30) seems to be an over-reach (into parental discretion).

It is also an unfunded state mandate, the cost of which might be onerous to some.

If the state wishes to hold free clinics, staffed by medical volunteers, throughout the state, that might provide the educational influence without coercion.

I do not believe that the state is more concerned for children than are the parents themselves. Many of those I know who have resisted mandatory vaccination (and health evaluation) have well-grounded concerns for the risks involved in terms of disease and loss of privacy these programs frequently entail.

Samuel Richards

Winthrop

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