A bill to tighten requirements for childhood vaccinations is moving forward in the California legislature. Vaccine critics turned out to oppose the bill. Vaccine supporter Jenni Balck told lawmakers her daughter’s heart surgery means she depends on other kids getting vaccinated.
The bill passed the Assembly Health Committee last week. It’s designed to more closely regulate doctors who write medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations. Lawmakers are worried some doctors are writing bogus exemptions. Under the bill, if a school has a vaccination rate under 95 percent, that would trigger a state review of the exemptions written by doctors. The bill also requires the state to review recommendations by doctors who write more than five exemptions in a year.