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Immunization Exceptions

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Effective one year from now in  July 2016, SB 277 will:
  • No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
  • Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
  • Remove immunization requirements for:
  • Students in home-based private schools
  • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive  classroom-based instruction
  • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program
  • Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of  Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade;
  • Allow medical and personal beliefs exemptions from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care.
Additional information about the implementation of SB 277 will become available by 2016.
The language of SB 277 is available at
The Governor’s signing message is available at
Immunization laws currently in effect may be found at