But is SB 276 the strictest vaccine law in the country?
Is California Considering the Strictest Vaccine Law in the Country?
To be sure, California is one of the few states that doesn’t allow non-medical exemptions. But that was accomplished with SB 277, a vaccine law that eliminated personal belief vaccine exemptions in California back in 2015.
But far from becoming the strictest vaccine law in the country, SB 276 simply catches California up with a few other states that don’t allow non-medical exemptions.
I say catch-up, because unlike California under SB 277, these states have strict rules about what counts as a medical exemption.
Doctors in these states can’t abuse the system and write unnecessary or fake medical exemptions for kids whose parents are simply scared to get their kids vaccinated.
West Virginia and Mississippi are the main states that have not allowed non-medical exemptions.
“Requests for a medical exemption from vaccine requirements shall be reviewed and approved or denied by the State Immunization Officer. “
West Virginia Medical Exemptions Information
They have recently been joined by New York and Maine.
“May be detrimental to the child’s health means that a physician has determined that a child has a medical contraindication or precaution to a specific immunization consistent with ACIP guidance or other nationally recognized evidence-based standard of care.”
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Section 66-1.1
Rita Palma is a parent in New York who had her request for a religious vaccine exemption turned down by Bayport-Bluepoint School District in New York in 2008.
“About two years ago I hit a wall with it,” she said. “I said I was going to listen to my inner voice. The whole vaccination process is based on fear of getting diseases but I would rather put my faith in God to heal diseases.”
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Since then, she has been selling a step-by-step guide and instructions that teach parents how to “craft a unique and honest letter that is religiously based so it fits perfectly with the law.”
A unique and honest letter to do what?
Get a religious vaccine exemption because they “hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary” to getting vaccinated and protected.
“After reading the book, if you need to retain my services for letter-writing purposes, please contact me for fees.”
She also has vaccine exemption workshops, in which she can apparently teach you what your genuine and sincere religious beliefs are and why you need an exemption based on those genuine and sincere religious beliefs, even though extremely few religions are actually against vaccines.
But didn’t they just pass a law in New York ending religious exemptions for vaccines?
Is that what this bill, which wasn’t even put to a vote, does?
Is There a Plan to Send Unvaccinated People to Concentration Camps to Be Force Vaccinated?
Of course it doesn’t!
“Relates to the removal of cases, contacts and carriers of communicable diseases that are potentially dangerous to the public health.”
Anything about forced vaccination?
Just the part that goes out of its away to reassure folks that it doesn’t allow forced vaccination!
The bill, which never made it out of committee, wasn’t even about unvaccinated people.
It was about being able to manage people who have contagious diseases, who might be a danger to the public, either because they refuse to stay in quarantine, get treatment, or have contacts that refuse public health orders to get treatment.
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Instead, we have just been seeing more and more cases of measles.
The VACCINES Act
Well, we might finally be getting a new Federal vaccine law, but it isn’t the kind of law that will force people to get vaccinated that anti-vaccine folks have been warning us about.
Instead, the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act, which was recently introduced by Representative Kim Schrier (D-Wash.) will simply help to increase public awareness of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
“Vaccines were one of the greatest medical accomplishments of the 20th century and have been proven safe and effective at preventing diseases that once killed or greatly harmed people around the world.
As a pediatrician, I understand that parents want to do what they think is best for their children and some do not vaccinate because of unfounded fears. We are now seeing outbreaks of diseases like measles, which was considered eliminated 19 years ago, in part because of an anti-vaccine campaigns around the country. This bill will make sure that parents have access to facts about vaccines, so they can make an informed decision.”
Rep. Kim Schrier
The VACCINES Act will:
provide for a national system for surveillance of vaccine rates