New Law Effective January 1, 2016 (SB 277)
California Vaccination Law Update: Elimination of Personal Belief Exemptions (PBE) All students* attending public/private school or child care facility in CA must be fully immunized. If a current CA student has a Personal Belief Exemption on file with the school on or before Dec. 31, 2015, that PBE will remain in effect until the child transitions from child care/preschool to Kindergarten (includes Transitional Kindergarten) or the student progresses from 6th to 7th grade. Any valid medical exemptions will remain in effect—unless they are temporary in nature as indicated by the physician. Students entering CA schools from out of state or another country, on or after 1/1/2016, will need to be fully immunized. *Does not apply to students in home-based private schools, students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction, and foster/homeless youth. Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade.
Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions may be accessed at shotsforschool.org