On track to become one of the most stringent pro-vaccination laws in the US, a bill to give health officials the authority to decide whether children can be exempt from shots will be adopted or killed by state legislators on Friday.
Fueled by the support of celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Robert F Kennedy Jr., anti-vaccination feelings are high in California.
But after a massive outbreak of measles in Disneyland in 2014, the state banned shots for exceptions for philosophical reasons, making it harder for parents to withhold vaccination from their children.
The new bill aims to further burden the anti-vaxxer movement by removing the power to determine exemptions from doctors, some of whom have vaccinations themselves and are accused of writing false notes for children.
It led to controversy – even violence – including an incident last week in which an anti-vaxxer activist pushed the sponsor of the new bill, states Senator Dr. Richard Park in a viral video that the activist made himself.
Dr. Richard Pan (photo) was co-author of SB276, a proposed law in California that requires all exemptions for medical vaccines to be approved by public health officials. It's going to vote on Friday
Dr. Pan led the charge to adopt two other laws in California to ensure that the vaccination rate remains high.
Between 2018 and 2019, the proportion of vaccinated preschool children in California fell from 95.1 percent to 94.8 percent.
This puts the state at risk of losing the herd's immunity, protecting those who are really too young, old or sick to be vaccinated.
Since the state-approved philosophical vaccine exemptions in 2015, anti-vaxx parents have sought doctors willing to & # 39; medical & # 39; write exceptions for fake.
A handful of doctors, including Dr. Kelly Sutton, Dr. Michael Fielding Allen and Dr. Bob Sears are suspected of being responsible for many of the inappropriate notes that vague family histories and allergies invoke as their justification for excusing children from shots.
There are no federal laws that require vaccination, and this could be a conflict with religious freedom as laid down in the First Amendment.
But schools and other institutions do require students to prove that they have had certain vaccinations unless they are exempt.
Currently, those exemptions can be given by a doctor, and the dollar stops there.
Last week, Dr. Pan pushed and verbally weathered by an anti-vaxxer who streamed the fight live (left). Kenneth Austin Bennett (right), who pushed Pan, once tried Dr. Senate's seat. Pan to challenge
The proposed law, SB276, requires this exemption to be approved by the California Immunization Registry (CAIR).
If the law is passed, schools may only accept exemptions approved by CAIR from January 1.
SB276 & # 39; s march to the law is loaded.
In June, the greenery was illuminated by the senate, despite hours of intense testimony from anti-vaccine parents.
Last Wednesday, Kenneth pushed Austin Bennett, a 54-year-old anti-vaxx activist and former Dr. Challenger political challenger. Pan the senator while speaking to him verbally about the proposed legislation, a change that Bennett streamed live on Facebook.
& # 39; Mr. Bennett is not a lonely actor, but a person who has accepted the violent rhetoric of the anti-vax movement and acted by attacking me in a public street, & # 39; said Dr. Pan in a statement.
It was not the first time that Dr. Pan was confronted with aggression over the bill.
He also said protesters had marched with posters or wore shirts with his face, & # 39; splashed with blood & # 39 ;.
Because the number of measles cases in the US has risen this year to more than 2,000 – the highest since 1992 – the proposed vaccination bill has continued.
If it gets support from the majority of the full California legislature in the vote on Friday, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has said he will sign it in the law.
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