First Partner Jennifer Newsom expresses sympathy with those who opposed SB276/714, and explains that the Department is consulting functional and integrative “doctors.” Functional and Integrative “Medicine” are non-evidence based alternatives to traditional science. She also thinks people should be able to delay vaccines and choose among them — which by the way, they can, they just can’t delay vaccines and send their kids to school. The dialogue about SB276/714 is done — the parents whose children need protection from vaccine-preventable disease are counting on full implementation without delay.
Vaccinate California and thousands of parents across the state applaud Governor Newsom and Dr. Pan for reaching an agreement to advance Senate Bill 276 and for helping to protect our children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Today’s agreement is a victory for science over fear and for sound public health policy over conspiracy and misinformation. We urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 276 immediately.
No parent should have to make the choice to pull their child from school to protect them from vaccine-preventable illness. That is why parents from Vaccinate California have made their voices heard in support of SB276 – to help protect our communities and ensure that no schools in California have unsafe numbers of unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated children are at higher risk for contagious disease — in schools, in physician waiting rooms, on playgrounds, on public transportation and elsewhere — and they pose a significant risk to infants and immunocompromised children, including cancer patients and children who have had organ transplants. These children — the most vulnerable among us — need the rest of us to be vaccinated.
The parents of Vaccinate California are grateful to Dr. Pan and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez for the leadership and the courage they have shown in bringing SB 276 to this point as well as Senate President Pro Tem Atkins for backing her legislative colleagues. Because of their efforts to ensure that medical exemptions can be reviewed and invalidated where appropriate, more of our children will be protected from vaccine-preventable illnesses in schools.
Vaccinate California and parents across the state applaud the members of the California state legislature for passing Senate Bill 276 and taking strong action to protect our children and our communities from vaccine-preventable illness. Infants, immunocompromised children, cancer patients, children who have had organ transplants and other vulnerable populations need us all to keep fighting for this bill until it becomes law. We urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 276 immediately to help ensure that fraudulent medical exemptions can be reviewed and invalidated where appropriate and that our children are protected from vaccine-preventable disease in schools.
SB276 cleared the Assembly floor this afternoon! Call your Assembly member and thank them! Next, call your senator, because the bill has been amended since the Senate last voted on it, so they need to approve it a second time. And then, call Governor Newsom, who indicated in June that he was willing to sign the bill with the changes that were made to the Assembly version.
SB276 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday, Aug. 30! It now heads to the Assembly floor! Get those calls in to your legislators. We don’t yet know the date when they will vote, but Assembly members need to hear from you that you support the bill. Head to our Take Action page, or find your Assembly member here.