LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - Parents sending their kids back to school in California today are facing a new requirement…students must be vaccinated.
The only exemption? Children who doctors certify that they have a medical condition making vaccinations too risky.
That's because of a new California law that took effect last month.
Often referred to by its legislative name "Senate Bill 277" requires students to be vaccinated in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools. Licensed child care centers must also comply.
Still tens of thousands of parents still remain opposed saying it's a violation of their parental rights.
Joining us this morning was Stephanie Dawn, she has a son, in 7th grade.
She is opposed to the mandatory vaccination.
This new law was co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen. FOX 11 asked him to join us this morning. But he is in Sacramento, and did send us a statement which said in part:
"Parents concerned about the safety of vaccines for their child should consult a doctor to seek a medical exemption, which the law allows".
“Increasing the number of children who have been safely vaccinated benefits all residents of our state, in particular, those who cannot be vaccinated because of a medical condition."
A federal judge says he is still considering a request to temporarily stop the new law. He says he will issue his ruling next week.
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