Wyoming Statute 21-4-309(a) grants authority to the State Health Officer and County Health Officer to authorize waivers “upon submission of written evidence of religious objection or medical contraindication to the administration of any vaccine.”
The law does not allow parents/guardians to request a waiver simply because of inconvenience (for example, a record is lost or incomplete and it is too much trouble to go to a physician or clinic to correct the problem). Wyoming statute does NOT allow for the authorization of waiver requests based on philosophical beliefs. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-4-309 and 14-4-116 allow for waivers to the mandatory immunizations required to attend child-caring facilities and schools (K-12) based on religious belief or medical contraindication.
Any student who is not appropriately vaccinated or who has a waiver shall be excluded during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak as determined by the State Health Officer of a County Health Officer.
In line with state statutes Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-1-240, Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-4-101, Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-4-101, Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-309, Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 14-4-116 and administrative rules Chapters 3 and 4, waivers shall be granted to children in child caring facilities or K-12 schools for religious objections or medical contraindications for the immunizations that are currently on the Wyoming mandatory immunization schedule.
WDH is unable to grant a waiver for immunizations that are not on the mandatory immunization schedule or anyone not enrolled in K-12 schools or child care. In addition, WDH is unable to provide waivers for employment, non-school sanctioned camps or activities, and situations other than children enrolled in K-12 schools and child caring programs.
To apply for an waiver, complete the appropriate Waiver Request form. Waiver forms must be completed in their entirety. Waiver requests may be approved by either the State Health Officer or your local County Health Officer.
Submit requests to:
- Your local County Health Officer (locations), or
- The State Health Officer at
- Wyoming Department of Health, 122 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor West, Cheyenne, WY 82002, Attn: Immunization Exemptions.
Medical Waiver Request– Updated Nov. 2021
Religious Waiver Request – Updated May 2021
Solicitud de Exención Médica (Medical Waiver Request-SPAN) – Updated November 2021
Solicitud de Exención Religiosa (Religious Waiver Request-SPAN) – Updated May 2021
*Note that previous versions of the waiver forms will continue to be processed.