California Ends Personal Exemptions for Vaccines – Effective January 1, 2016
Effective January 1, 2016, the personal belief exemption was deleted from the existing
immunization requirements. If a child is in a home-based private school or is enrolled
in independent study, he or she is exempted from the existing immunization requirements.
If a personal belief exemption has been submitted for a child prior to January 1,
2016, the child can continue to attend school or daycare under the personal belief
exemption until enrollment in the next grade span. This bill defines grade span
as birth to preschool, kindergarten to grade 6, or grades 7 to 12.
A medical exemption letter can be issued by a licensed physician if he or she determines
the vaccination is not safe for the patient, dependent on each patient’s medical
conditions and history. This determination is up to the professional clinical judgment
of the physician acting within the standard of care. The physician must also consider
the family medical history of the child.
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