New Laws Affecting Immunizations Start In January

New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277:
Will no longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
Will permit personal belief exemptions filed at a school or child care facility before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;

Will remove immunization requirements for:

  • Students in home-based private schools
  • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
  • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program

Medical Exemptions

Only a medical exemption can be accepted and this has to be signed exclusively by a California licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.)
A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) which states:
· That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated.
· Which vaccines are being exempted.
· Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
· The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.
· Student name and date of birth.
· Physician signature and clinic stamp.
Once this expiration date has occurred, the child may continue in attendance only after the school or child-care center receives documentation of the immunizations now due.

These above laws will apply to any student entering Kindergarten or 7th Grade in the fall of 2016.