UPDATED 8:37 AM PT — Tuesday, September 10, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently passed two bills, which limit the number of medical concerns that can qualify for a vaccine exemption. He signed the bills Monday to add additional oversight on vaccine exemptions parents can request for their children.
The bills limit the number of exceptions to five per year. Anything more than that would need to be reviewed by the Department of Public Health.
Opponents of the move protested at the state capitol, which resulted in arrests and police escorts. However, critics of the legislation say it’s a fight worth having.
“This isn’t a vaccine issue. This isn’t an anti-vax thing. This is a people of the Americas thing, and we need to all start standing up because we are losing our freedoms. We are losing are religious freedom. We are losing our medical freedom. We are losing our parental rights.”
— Sabrina Max, protester from Santa Cruz
The requirements will effect those at public schools, private institutions, and daycare centers. The regulations will begin next January.