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Ballot Referendum: Understanding How Question 1 Addresses Vaccination Exemptions


On March 3, Maine voters will weigh in on the Question 1 ballot referendum, deciding whether or not to overturn LD 798, the bill removing religious and philosophical exemptions from the state’s school vaccination law.

Last May, the Maine Senate voted to eliminate those two nonmedical vaccination exemptions for students to attend public or private schools, as well as colleges and day care facilities, and for employees of health care facilities in the state. Gov. Janet Mills then signed the bill into law, to go into effect Sept. 2021.

We will hear from both sides on Question 1 regarding vaccination efficacy, private versus government decisionmaking and other issues raised by the ballot referendum.

Editor's note: This version of the program has been edited from the original broadcast to correct a reporter error during the conversation.


Dr. Laura Blaisdell, pediatrician, Maine Families for Vaccines, representing "No on 1"

Cara Sacks, campaign manager, Yes on 1 Maine to Reject Big Pharma

Patty Wight, health reporter, Maine Public

Steve Mistler, State House bureau chief, Maine Public



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