A handful of California doctors are abusing the medical exemption process to sell exemptions to parents to avoid vaccines. It’s time to strengthen oversight of this process. Our children are at risk. Our communities are at risk. Tell your California legislators to support Senate Bill 276 and reshape the California exemption process and require state-level public health approval of all exemptions.
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Musing about the doctor-patient relationship won’t protect nearly 40 million Californians — or millions more who travel to the state or encounter Californians outside state lines. Doctors who drive down the vaccination rate by indulging, or even spreading, conspiracy theories discredit their profession and put people at risk. Boards of medicine should require physicians to provide accurate information and recommendations about vaccination. Ultimately, however, it’s the job of the legislature and the governor to safeguard the whole community. The amended bill in California shouldn’t be watered down further. The legislature should pass it, and the governor should sign it.
SB276 is now moving to the Assembly appropriations committee, and if successful there, to the assembly floor and to the desk of the Governor, who has already expressed support of the amended bill.
Dr. Pan and the sponsors of the bill have agreed on amendments that will ensure fake medical exemptions do not undermine community immunity. This means SB 276 has the Governor’s FULL SUPPORT as we head into Thursday’s hearing.