More than half of Maui school exempted from vaccination

More than half of Maui school exempted from vaccination
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HALIIMAILE, Hawaii (AP) - The number of vaccination exemptions at one Hawaii school has grown to include more than half of its students.

The Maui News reported Sunday that 129 out of 245 students at Haleakala Waldorf School, or 52.7%, have claimed exemptions.

Haleakala Waldorf’s grade school and high school campuses in Kula and Makawao on Maui now have the highest percentage of exemptions based on enrollment in the state.

All of Haleakala Waldorf’s exemption claims are attributed to religion.

A school administrator says the figure may be the result of parents making vaccination decisions prior to enrollment or at a slower pace than the state schedule.

Hawaii’s public, private and charter schools are required to submit vaccination information to the state Department of Health by Jan. 1 each year.

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