New Vaccination Law Takes Effect
San Diego Union Tribune - Opponents try to block California vaccination law as school starts
Families sending their children back to schools across California face a new requirement mired in a volatile interplay of religious liberties, individual choice and government efforts to protect the public’s health: They can no longer sidestep vaccination requirements by citing their personal beliefs against immunization.
California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states in the nation that ban students from enrolling in public and private schools unless a doctor certifies that a child has a medical condition making vaccination too risky.
If parents lack documents proving their children have been inoculated against 10 designated diseases, from chickenpox to tetanus, those students will be barred from school. Some of those kids might be offered a 30-day grace period if they are in the process of getting caught up with their shots...
A federal judge in San Diego on Friday said he will take at least a week before ruling on a request to temporarily stop California’s new vaccination law, an unwelcome delay for vaccination opponents seeking a speedy injunction that would allow students who don’t meet vaccination requirements to start the new school year.
Judge Dana Sabraw said he was aware of the urgency of his ruling and asked about start dates for California schools, according to courtroom observers. Some schools in California have already opened their doors and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest district in the state, will begin school Aug. 16. Sabraw said he would likely issue a ruling the week of Aug. 22.
Rebecca Estepp, spokeswoman for Education 4 All, a Sacramento-based advocacy group that requested the temporary restraining order as part of its lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, called the delay “unfortunate” but somewhat understandable. “It’s a complicated topic,” she said. She described Sabraw’s manner during the oral arguments as “very thorough and very thoughtful” and said, “It was a fair hearing.”
ABC San Diego Opponents Look to Halt School Vaccine Law
SAN DIEGO - A federal judge is taking his time in deciding whether to force millions of California children to get vaccinated before going back to school.
Opponents of a state law that requires nearly all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough took their case to court Friday.
The group asked a judge in U.S. District Court in San Diego to put a temporary restraining order on a law that took effect July 1, requiring parents to vaccinate their children before they can be enrolled in school.
CBS San Diego
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The fight over California's controversial law requiring nearly all public school children be vaccinated is not over.
A hearing was held in San Diego on Friday and a judge is now deciding whether to halt the vaccine requirement.
Senate Bill 277 was approved last May and would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.
SB277 by Democratic senators Ben Allen of Santa Monica and Richard Pan of Sacramento would make medical waivers available only for children who have health problems, forcing un-vaccinated children to be home schooled.
NBC San Diego
A new law requiring all students in California to be vaccinated will be the subject of a legal challenge Friday afternoon in San Diego. It is a time sensitive hearing, as students head back to school over the next few weeks.
Senate Bill 277 went into effect July 1, repealing the state's personal belief exemption, which had allowed students to opt out of getting vaccinated.