S2173 would have prohibited parents from using religious beliefs as an excuse to get out of providing standard, life-saving immunizations for their children. Instead, only children with medical conditions that preclude a child from being vaccinated—as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—would be granted an exemption

Anti-vaxxers celebrate victory in NJ as pro-vaccine bill falls apart

The religious exception is simply a loop-hole that has been abused by people who bewilderingly buy into junk propaganda about vaccinations. I am firmly in the public health camp, get vaccinated unless you are medically and physically unable to do so. And in that case, rest easy, because the rest of us are to help protect you and others like you.