Long story short, we have chosen to not vaccinate our daughter. I was fairly worried about how this “extreme” way of thinking would go over in Puerto Rico, but lo and behold, it’s fairly simple!
Luckly, we were tipped off that all Puerto Rican hospitals would refuse to release you and your child without giving your newborn a Hep B vaccination, UNLESS you have an affidavit from a lawyer stating that you refuse your child being injected with a Hep B vaccine. I’m not sure where our affidavit went, as I’ve loaned it out to several other expectant parents so that they could take it to an abogato (lawyer) and use it as a guideline for their own, but you can simply go to a lawyer here in Puerto Rico, explain what you want (an affidavit for refusal of Hepatitis B vaccination) and they should be able to type it up and notarize it for you.
We’ve been to two pediatricians here in Puerto Rico, and both of them were visibly annoyed that we have not vaccinated our child and we were told that we “have to or else she will not be able to go to school” (but I’ve been told, this is common on the mainland too). Well, that is not true, so don’t believe the hype.
Sydney is currently attending a pre-school in Aguada and one of the things that all schools/pre-schools/daycares in Puerto Rico require is what is called a P-Vac3. A P-Vac3 is a document you get from a doctor that says that your child is up to date on their vaccinations (you basically take your vaccination card to a doctor and they will issue you a P-Vac3). What they fail to tell you is that a P-Vac3 is NOT required. You can submit a notarized vaccination exemption in place of a P-Vac3.
Not interested in vaccinating your child, but want them to attend school, pre-school or daycare in Puerto Rico? You can download/print a vaccination exemption here:
Print the vaccination exemption form above, take it to a lawyer and they will notarize it for you for $20. That’s it!