Personal/Religious Beliefs Waivers:
Under a new law known as SB 277, Beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, WILL NO LONGER BE AN OPTION for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into school in California.
Medical Exemption Waivers:
Medical Exemptions will still be accepted. A parent/guardian must submit a current written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) on letterhead which states:
- That the named physical condition or medical circumstance of the student indicates a need for the waiver
- Which vaccines are being exempted
- Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary (with the date of expiration)
Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Naturopathic Doctors, and School Nurses may NOT provide medical exemptions.
The law changing California immunization (Tdap) requirements for students entering 7th – 12th grades was passed 9.29.10. This is in response to the current Pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic in California.
The new law requires that all students entering or advancing into the 7th – 12th grade MUST provide proof of having received a Pertussis containing vaccine on or after their 7th birthday. Tdap is a booster vaccine for older children, adolescents and adults. It safely protects against 3 dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.
Vaccines meeting this requirement include Tdap, Dtap, DTP, Adacel or Boostrix given on or after the 7th birthday. Plan ahead to have your student receive this vaccine. If it has already been given, please provide official documentation. You must present proof of immunization to complete your enrollment. By law, any student who does not have proof of a Pertussis containing vaccine will not be allowed to start school until proof of immunization is given to the school. (The tetanus-diphtheria booster shot, Td, will not meet the requirement.)
There can be a medical basis for exemption, which requires a letter from a doctor. Personal beliefs exemptions are not longer honored, according to law SB 277. If a waiver is signed please note that you are subjecting yourself and student to a 21-day exclusion from school should a case of Pertussis be discovered. It is for your own protection and is enforceable by law.