5 Things You Should Know

Do you know the Law as it pertains to Vaccines and our children in California?

1. SB277- A bill written by Senator Dr. Richard Pan. It was signed into law on June 30th, 2015. It

went into effect July 1, 2016. SB277 effectively removed the personal belief exemption as an

alternative to vaccination from all students entering in-person learning, for the 10 vaccines on the

vaccine schedule. A religious/conscience belief exemption is not allowed for any vaccine to

attend school. Learn more here. Here is the link to the actual bill text.

2. Personal Belief Exemptions are allowed for additional vaccines added to the Health Code

schedule for students. This would include the Covid Vaccine for our children. The current health

code states:

120338. Notwithstanding Sections 120325 and 120335, any immunizations deemed appropriate by

the department pursuant to paragraph (11) of subdivision (a) of Section 120325 or paragraph (11)

of subdivision (b) of Section 120335, may be mandated before a pupil’s first admission to any

private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school,

family day care home, or development center, only if exemptions are allowed for both medical

reasons and personal beliefs.

3. Senator Dr. Pan is already working on a bill to get rid of the personal belief exemption altogether.

Therefore, making the above section null and void for any future vaccines such as the Covid


4. SB276- Also written by Senator Dr. Pan in 2019. Limited Medical Exemptions as an alternative

to vaccination for students entering in person learning in California. Requires additional

monitoring of medical exemptions and requires specific criteria to be met to receive medical

exemption. Removes physician’s judgement from your child’s health assessment for medical

exemption. Rate of medical exemptions in California is 0.7%. Read more here. Here’s an

article explaining it here.

5. Senator Dr. Pan is the head of the Health Committee in California. This is his last year in office.

He has partnered with the California Medical Association, which has spent over $2 million dollars

on promoting Dr. Pan’s previous bills.