Beginning July 1, 2016, all California schoolchildren are required to have the appropriate vaccinations prior to enrolling in a public or private elementary school or child care center, unless the child has a medical exemption. The new law (SB 277) removes the personal belief exemption from the vaccine requirement. The new rules do not, however, apply to children participating in home-based private schools or independent study programs not requiring classroom-based instruction.
The California Medical Association (CMA) has created new resources and updated existing resources to aid physicians and the public in complying with the new requirement. These resources, available free to members in CMA’s health law library, include information on when children must be vaccinated, which vaccinations are required, and what information physicians must provide to parents or guardians regarding the risks, benefits and adverse reactions to a specific vaccine. The resources also discuss the disclosure of immunization information and reporting of adverse reactions to public health departments.
The available CMA On-Call documents include:
- #3211, “Vaccine Administration”
- #3114, “Vaccine Administration: Mandated Information”
- #3603, “Vaccines, Drugs and Devises: Reporting Adverse Events”
- #4252, “Disclosure of Immunization Information”
On-Call documents are free to members in CMA’s online health law library at www.cmanet.org/cma-on-call. Nonmembers can purchase documents for $2 per page.
CMA also produced a downloadable resource, SB 277: California's New School Vaccine Law FAQ, also available in the CMA Resource Library.
Contact: CMA’s legal information line, (800) 786-4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.