Immunizations: Medical Exemptions


session 2019-2020
priority High
Author Pan
position Support

This bill is a “partner bill” to AAP California-sponsored SB 276 to provide state public health oversight for medical exemptions issues by doctors for typically required school entry vaccines.

This bill was added to address requests of Governor Newsom for additional provisions to the oversight, as follows:

-Would instead allow a child who has a medical exemption issued before January 1, 2020, to be permitted to continue enrollment until the child enrolls in the next grade span, as specified, and would prohibit, on and after July 1, 2021, a governing authority from unconditionally admitting or readmitting to these institutions, or admit or advance any pupil to 7th grade level, unless the pupil has been immunized or has a medical exemption through a procedure that includes the completion of a compliant statewide form.

-Would remove the requirement that the statewide form be signed under penalty of perjury. The bill would modify which physicians and surgeons are eligible to issue a medical exemption.

Would make its operation contingent on the enactment of SB 276 of the 2019–20 Regular Session.

Last Action:

09/09/19 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 281, Statutes of 2019.