AB-2668: Pupil immunizations: pupils not immunized.

Session: 2017-2018
Author: Allen, Travis
Status: Dead
AAP-CA Position: Oppose
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This bill would delete private institutions, including private elementary and secondary schools, child care centers, day nurseries, nursery schools, family day care homes, and development centers, from these immunization requirements, thereby allowing pupils who do not meet those immunization requirements to enroll in those institutions. The bill would require the State Department of Education to award a grant, as prescribed, to a parent or guardian of a child who would otherwise be eligible to attend a public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, except for the child not meeting those immunization requirements, to fund the child’s attendance at a private elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. The bill would continuously appropriate from the General Fund to the department the amount required to award those grants.

This bill would authorize a pupil who does not meet those immunization requirements to enroll in an independent study program that does not require classroom-based instruction and that is outside of the geographic boundaries of the school district or county in which the pupil resides if the school district or county office of education of residence, or a charter school within the geographic boundaries of the school district or county of residence, does not offer an independent study program that does not require classroom-based instruction.

This bill would additionally authorize independent study average daily attendance to be claimed for pupils who do not meet those residency requirements and who are enrolled in the school district, county office of education, or charter school pursuant to the bill’s authorization for a pupil who is not fully immunized to enroll in an independent study program that is outside of the geographic boundaries of the pupil’s school district or county of residence.

AAP Positional Letter



April 16, 2018

The Honorable Jim Wood
Chair, Assembly Health Committee
State Capitol, Room 6005
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 2668 (Travis Allen) Immunizations: Pupils not immunized
AAP-CA Position: Oppose

Dear  Chair Wood:

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, respectfully opposes Assembly Bill 2668 (Travis Allen). This bill would exempt private schools from school immunization requirements and provide financial support for families to transition to private schools, putting thousands of California children at risk from vaccine preventable diseases.

Since the 2015 enactment of SB 277 (Chapter 35, Statutes of 2015), which requires that children be fully immunized from kindergarten through 7th grade to attend both public and private schools and day care, with limited exceptions, California childhood vaccine rates have markedly increased. The percentage of California’s kindergarteners as of fall 2016 with all required vaccines rose from 92.8% to 95.5%, with an increase in the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine rising from 94.5% to 97.3%.  SB 2668 threatens to undo this progress in the protection of school-aged children and our communities from vaccine-preventable illness.

Further, AB 2086 could actively incentivize parents to refuse vaccination in order to be obtain the grant money to pay for their children to attend a private school, charter school, or daycare.

Vaccine requirements for daycare and school protect not only  the individual health of that child, but also the health of their family and the public health in the community, where vaccine-preventable illnesses continue to present a significant danger, especially  to the health and lives of children too young to get certain vaccines and children with immunocompromised states.

Pediatricians across the state strongly oppose SB 2668. We thank you for your leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.

Sincerely,

Kris Calvin
Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics, California

CC: AAP-CA Leadership; Lydia Bourne