SB 277 History

  • Dec 2014

  • Jan 2015

    January 5, the first measles case reported connected with the Disneyland outbreak. On January 5, 2015, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified about a suspected measles case. The patient was a hospitalized, unvaccinated child, aged 11 years with rash onset on December 28. The only notable travel history during the exposure period was a visit to one of two adjacent Disney theme parks located in Orange County, California. On the same day, CDPH received reports of four additional suspected measles cases in California residents and two in Utah residents, all of whom reported visiting one or both Disney theme parks during December 17–20. By January 7, seven California measles cases had been confirmed, and CDPH issued a press release and an Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X) notification to other states regarding this outbreak. Measles transmission is ongoing.

  • Feb 2015

    February 3rd, Vaccinate California is formed.

  • Feb 2015

    February 4, Senators Pan and Allen introduce what will become SB277, sponsored by Vaccinate California.
    • Vaccinate California Co-Founder and Executive Director speaks at press conference about the importance of the change in law to protect CA children.
    Bill as introduced.

  • Feb 2015

    February 25th, Vaccinate California Co-founder Hannah Henry presents petition with over 20,000 signatures to Dr. Pan and Senator Allen, supporting legislation to strengthen immunization laws.

  • Apr 2015

    April 8th,  SB277 passes Senate Health Committee
    Vaccinate California Co-Founder and Executive Director Leah Russin testifies in support of the bill, followed by many many volunteer supporters

  • Apr 2015

    April 22, SB277 passes Senate Education Committee

  • Apr 2015

    April 28, SB277 passes Senate Judiciary Committee

  • May 2015

    May 14, SB277 passes Senate floor.

  • Jun 2015

    June 9th, SB277 passes Assembly Health Committee. Vaccinate California Co-Founder Hannah Henry testifies in support of the bill, followed by many many volunteer supporters.

  • Jun 2015

    June 25th, SB277 passes Assembly Floor.

  • Jun 2015

    June 29th, SB277 passes Senate floor.

    Legislative committee analysis can be read here.

  • Jun 2015

    June 30, 2015- SB277 signed into law by Governor Brown.

    • Vaccinate California presents letters supporting SB277 from every county in the state.
  • Jun 2015

    June 30 – Governor Brown signs SB277 – View signing statement

  • Jul 2015

    July 1, 2016 – SB277 goes into effect. New students and students enrolling in Kindergarten and seventh grade must be up to date on immunizations or have a medical exemption.

  • Jan 2016

    January 1, 2016 – CA schools stop accepting new personal belief exemption forms.

  • Jul 2016

    As required by SB277, starting July 1 2016, personal belief exemptions are no longer accepted to the vaccination requirements for school attendance in California. Statement from Vaccinate California on SB277 Taking Effect Tomorrow