SB 277- New Vaccination Law
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on June 30, 2015 a bill that says parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children in public or private schools and child care centers based on their personal opposition. Now schools and parents are parsing the fine print to put the new law, SB 277 Bill into practice.
As of Jan. 1, 2016, parents may no longer obtain a personal belief exemption to 10 school-required vaccinations. As of July 1, 2016, students must meet the vaccination requirements at certain vaccination check points, unless they have a medical exemption or are attending school at home or independently with no classroom instruction.
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From the California Department Of Public Health:
A common question we receive asks if PBE forms filed in 2015 are valid for children first entering child care or school in California in the fall of 2016. PBEs filed in 2015 are only valid when signed by both an authorized health care provider and a parent/guardian no more than 6 months prior to first entry into school or child care or a new grade span. Therefore, PBEs filed in 2015 are invalid for children first entering school or child care, or advancing to 7th grade in California in the fall of 2016.