El Dorado County Public Health and
school officials are reminding parents of a new California school immunization
law, SB 277 that went into effect January 1, 2016. The law eliminates exemptions based on personal beliefs,
including religious beliefs, for the vaccines that are currently required for
entry into child care or school, kindergarten through grade 12.
families will not be affected by the new law because their children have
received all required vaccinations. Personal belief exemptions on file for a
child already attending a California child care or school will remain valid
until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten
(including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.
will no longer be required to have immunizations for school entry if they
attend a home-based private school or an independent study program with no
students to enter or transition into Preschool, TK/Kindergarten or 7th
grade; or students in any grade enrolling in a California school from out of
state or out of country, at least one of the following conditions must be met before the
student is allowed to attend class:
more information about SB 277 and immunization requirements please go to El
Dorado County Public Health’s Live.Love.Vaccinate webpage: http://www.edcgov.us/PublicHealth/Immunizations/LiveLoveVaccinateInfo.aspx or contact
the El Dorado County Immunization Assistance Program at 530-621-6100.
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