California Sen. proposes new law to eliminate adults right to exempt themselves from vaccinations
by Marty Carlson
Bill number SB 792, introduced by Sen. Mendoza in California would eliminate an adults right to exempt themselves from all vaccines for all childcare workers. This includes public and private schools, early childhood education programs, family day care’s, and day care centers.
All adults employed at these places must be up-to-date on each vaccine listed on CDC’s adult immunization schedule or they will be denied employment.
This bill some people criticize crushes religious freedoms, denies personal freedoms, and eliminates medical autonomy.
Here is the bill that is being proposed to be effective September 1, 2016:
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
SB 792, as introduced, Mendoza. Day care facilities:
Existing law, the California Child Day Care Facilities Act,
provides for the licensure and regulation of day care centers, as
defined, and family day care homes, as defined, by the State
Department of Social Services. A violation of the act is a crime.
Existing law requires a child to be immunized prior to admission to a
day care center or family day care home. Existing law authorizes an
exemption from those provisions for medical reasons or because of
personal beliefs, if specified forms are submitted to the day care
center or family day care home.
This bill would prohibit a day care center or a family day care
home from employing any person who has not been immunized against
influenza, pertussis, and measles. Because the bill would extend the
application of a crime under the act, the bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 1596.800 is added to the Health and Safety
Code, immediately following Section 1596.799, to read:
1596.800. A person shall not be employed at a day care center, if
that person has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis, and
SEC. 2. Section 1597.622 is added to the Health and Safety Code,
immediately following Section 1597.621,, to read:
1597.622. A person shall not be employed at a family day care
home, if that person has not been immunized against influenza,
pertussis, and measles.
SEC. 3. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
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