A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.
Senate Bill 277 was passed on May 14 by a vote of 25 to 10.
"As a pediatrician, I have personally witnessed children suffering life-long injury and death from vaccine-preventable infection," said Dr. Richard Pan, a physician and senator representing Sacramento and West Sacramento who was one of the bill's authors. Sen. Pan said that 32 other states do not allow parents to opt out of vaccination requirements using a personal belief exemption.
If the bill becomes law, only a medical exemption would remain. Children who are not vaccinated would have to be home-schooled.