Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Properly completed personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school in California will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. Personal belief exemptions filed from another state or country are not valid if student is transferring to a California school after January 1, 2016. Properly completed medical exemptions for immunizations will be allowed for students when they have been issued by a licensed physician.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or contact your local health department or county office of education.