Legislature Votes to Mandate Vaccinations for CA Kids

The mandatory vaccine bill, SB277, passed the state Assembly on a 46-30 vote during a Thursday hearing.

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Proponents of the bill say the passage is a victory for science and public health, while opponents decry the bill’s infringement upon parental rights.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said in a prepared statement that the issue at hand with SB277 was not “whether or not you support vaccines” but “about the freedom to make our own choices as citizens”:

“I am concerned this legislation is yet another overreach of the state trying to dictate how we live our lives. As a mother, I made the choice to have my children vaccinated because I believe that was right for my family. By denying the ability for parents to choose what is right for their children, we are robbing Californians from one of their most essential liberties. This is not about vaccines; it is about whether or not the government should be telling us how to raise our children.”

vaccineBut during the Assembly hearing, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said, “As a mother, I understand that the decisions we make about our children’s health care are deeply personal. While I respect the fundamental right to make medical decisions as a family, we must balance out with the fact that none of us has a right to endanger others. SB277 strikes a balance.”

“This isn’t just about Disneyland,” said Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, referring to the measles outbreak that occurred last year. “And this isn’t just about the need to make sure we wait for a crisis.”

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, voiced his opposition to the bill, calling it a “slippery slope” and said it sets a precedent where the state could mandate nearly anything “in the name of the common good, protecting others and stopping an outbreak.” He emphasized that the Legislature is “tasked with drawing lines” and said SB277 does not demonstrate where the line for medical necessity “reasonably ends to justify a law.”

A statewide poll from the Public Policy Institute of California released earlier this year revealed that more than two-thirds of California adults support barring unvaccinated children from attending public schools.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.


  1. Donald J. says

    No common sense here, just more control over parental rights. With this bill and what has been enacted on a federal level by SCOTUS the past couple of days America is slipping away.

  2. Rottweiler says

    A travesty of justice and freedom. We are a doomed nation. No longer free but run by a one party system who knows what is best for you and yet rarely has any rules apply to themselves. Just solidified my reason to depart this awful State.

    • Doomed nation is right! Single party rule is a dictatorship no matter how you tell it! Now with the SCOTUS in the far left’s pocket, there are no more checks and balances! We are about at the tipping point where we find out WHY the 2nd amendment was put in place!

  3. HHS seems to have the goal on mandating adult vaccinations by 2020 (5).

    1. Genetic Predisposition for Adverse Events after Vaccination

    2. Adversomics: The Emerging Field of Vaccine Adverse Event Immunogenetics
    Gregory A. Poland, et al.

    3. Characterizing vaccine responses using host genomic and transcriptomic analysis.
    O’Connor D, Pollard AJ.
    Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Sep;57(6):860-9.

    4. Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate
    -Industry gave more than $2 million to current lawmakers in 2013-14
    -Opponents of SB 277 link supporters to pharmaceutical donations
    -Drug companies report no involvement in vaccine legislation

    5. Healthy People and The Decade of Vaccines
    by Sherri J Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM

    ….Representatives from more than 50 Federal Agencies helped develop the Healthy People 2020 topic areas. Representatives from each agency also worked with the Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), a task force that includes, among others, the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Transportation. The massive efforts were coordinated by The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), in conjunction with the Department of HHS. All agencies drew on the expertise of the Assistant Secretary’s extensive Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The Assistant Secretary of Health, who reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HSS), has direct oversight of ODPHP activities. HSS has more than 77,000 employees. Thousands of people participated in the development of Healthy People 2020 and have a stake in its implementation….

    Requiring universal immunization of healthcare personnel for all ACIP recommended vaccinations: According to a joint policy statement by the Association of Professional in Infection control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), mandatory immunization programs are the most effective way to increase healthcare personnel vaccination rates. As such, the Societies support healthcare employee policies that require healthcare workers to demonstrate immunity or document receipt of ACIP-recommended vaccinations as a condition of employment, unpaid service [volunteers will be vaccinated], or receipt of professional privileges [doctors vaccinated to work]….

  4. I guess there is no getting through to the CA “lawmakers” that have been bought off by pharma, even if children are damaged and die from vaccines. This is well documented in the vaccine database, maintained by Health and Human Services ==> $2.9 B in court awards.
    I guess that just doesn’t matter.

  5. This is a Win-Win:
    1) All children in the public schools will be protected against these debilitating and possibly fatal diseases;
    2) It will explode the ranks of the Home-Schooled, thereby ensuring that at least some kids will be educated.

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