Calif. Gov. Newsom signs vaccine exemption bill despite concerns

OAN Newsroom
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.

Opponents of recently passed legislation to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations, demonstrate in the Assembly gallery after lawmakers approved the companion bill, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The companion measure contained changes demanded by Gov. Gavin Newsom as a condition of signing the controversial vaccine bill SB276, which was passed by the Legislature last week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

“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.

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