SB 276 will address the dramatic increase in medical exemptions from vaccinations required for school entry. Specifically, the bill will strengthen oversight of medical exemptions in two key ways:
1. All medical exemptions applications will be submitted to the California Department of Public Health. The State Public Health Officer, or their designee, will review and choose to grant or deny exemption requests.
2. To apply for a medical exemption, physicians will use a standardized form which will include the physician’s name, medical license number and reason for the exemption request.