In 1798, an Anti-vaccination Society was formed by physicians and clergymen, who called on the people of Boston to suppress vaccination as “bidding defiance to Heaven itself, even to the will of God,” and declared that “the law of God prohibits this practice.”
My two cents
I can’t seem to find out anything more about the society except for the heavily recycled quote above. That sometimes make me wonder if it’s true or not. I like how organisations with non-religious names referred to the Law of God in defending their decisions…but some exegesis would strengthen their case; maybe that’s the part the historians can’t handle.
White, A. D. (n.d.) A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. BiblioLife LLC, p. 58