California Lawmakers Considering Eliminating ‘Personal Belief’ Exemptions from Vaccination Requirements

In response to a measles outbreak resulting from unvaccinated visitors to Disneyland, California legislators are considering a measure to eliminate "personal belief" exemptions from vaccination requirements for children attending public schools.

SB277, sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, mandates that only children who have been immunized for diseases like whooping cough and measles can be admitted to public schools. The only exemptions allowed would be for medical reasons.

Opponents of the measure are threatening to pull their kids out of public schools.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

State records show more than 13,000 kindergartners in California are unvaccinated because of either personal or religious beliefs, an analysis by this newspaper revealed. Thousands of other students also lack vaccinations, but state data concentrate on kindergartners as they enter school.

The bill passed the Health Committee by a 6-2 vote. 

Sen. Pan has received numerous threats because of the bill, and Capitol police have instituted higher security measures.