Thank you to everyone who took action on our earlier alerts about California S.B. 276, which threatens medical vaccine exemptions. Unfortunately, the bill has passed the Senate with only very slight amendments, and it will now go to the Assembly.
Fortunately, there is still time to kill this bill, if enough people speak up!
Four years ago, parents in California lost the right to file a philosophical or religious vaccine exemption for their children to attend school – and now the Legislature may make it even more difficult to get medical exemptions.
The amended bill would:
- Require a doctor to submit a standardized medical exemption form, developed by the State Department of Public Health, to the Department for any child that the doctor thinks should be medically exempt from vaccination. No other documentation would be allowed.
- Empower the State Public Health officer to either approve or deny the exemption request. The request would be denied unless there was “sufficient medical evidence that the immunization is contraindicated by the guidelines” of the CDC.
- Require the State Public Health Department to create and maintain a database of medical exemption requests approved and make the information in the database accessible to local public health officers.
- Require anyone with a current medical exemption to submit, by July1, 2020, a copy of that medical exemption to the department for inclusion in the database in order for the medical exemption to remain valid. (Previously, the bill required review and approval of current medical exemptions, but this is only a temporary reprieve.)
- This bill would also allow a local public health officer to revoke a medical exemption if it is determined it is fraudulent or “inconsistent with applicable CDC guidelines.”
If S.B. 276 passes, the state will decide what is best for your children’s health – not your doctor! Unless your child’s condition falls within the very narrow CDC guidelines for when vaccination is contraindicated, you could not obtain a medical exemption.
Please help us protect medical exemptions to vaccination by contacting your California State Assembly member today!
Contact your California State Assembly member and ask them to OPPOSE S.B. 276. You can look up who represents you at: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
A sample script and talking points are below.
Calls are more effective than emails, and only take a few minutes.
“Hi, my name is ____ and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask Assembly member ____ to OPPOSE S.B. 276, which would severely restrict medical exemptions to vaccination.
This bill allows the generic list of contra-indications by the CDC to override doctors’ medical judgment about their individual patients.
An appointed official who has never examined my child should not be making medical decisions that carry the risk of serious injury and death. Adverse reactions are clearly listed on all vaccine manufacturer package inserts.
I urge Assembly member _____ to oppose S.B. 276.”
- When S.B. 277 passed in 2015, getting rid of philosophical and religious exemptions, lawmakers vowed to keep medical exemptions in place. Now lawmakers are trying to reduce the number of medical exemptions despite the fact that since the elimination of philosophical and religious exemptions, medical exemptions are still only 0.6 percent.
- Our doctors know what is best for our children. S.B. 276 takes authority away from doctors and hands it over to the state. The state has never examined my child and knows nothing of my child’s medical history.
- S.B. 276 would require a child to have a severe reaction to each specific vaccine before they could be exempt from that specific vaccine. No sibling or family history or genetic predisposition would be allowed because those are not part of the CDC’s guidelines.
- The US Supreme Court recognizes vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and to cause injury and death in some recipients. The US Government has paid out more than $4 billion to the victims of vaccine injury. Hundreds of thousands have reported an adverse reaction to vaccination to VAERS. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vaers/
- Vaccine makers and the healthcare providers who administer them bear zero liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.
If you want to learn more about other vaccine bills being considered in California visit: The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Home.aspx