California Senator Richard Pan, M.D. talks vaccine exemptions

California’s Vaccine Legislator

Dr. Richard Pan has been a champion for community immunity his entire career, from his beginnings as a resident in Pittsburgh to his work in the California legislation to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions. Voices for Vaccines (VFV) invited him to their Vax Talk podcast series to give the broad perspective of the work he has done and the work we all need to do.

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California governor signs bill toughening medical vaccine exemptions

On September 9, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill limiting medical exemptions for vaccines for children attending school. He also signed a bill that would allow a child with a medical exemption before the new law goes into effect to continue to be enrolled until the child enters the next grade span (i.e., birth to preschool, kindergarten, grades 1–6, and grades 7–12). These laws will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

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