For Immediate ReleaseJuly 01, 2015
County responds to passage of SB 277, provides data on Marin vaccination rates
San Rafael, CA – After passing through the Assembly last Thursday and the Senate on Monday, yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law. Under this bill, children enrolling in schools are required to have certain vaccinations prior to entrance, and parents will no longer be able to obtain exemptions that are based on personal beliefs. Only children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons with be exempt.
Marin County Public Health is encouraged by the recent trend of improved immunization rates. Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer said, “This law will make our schools safer and our children better protected. It’s a big step forward for community health.” The personal belief exemption rate in Marin has been declining since its peak in 2012. Even so, last fall 6.5% of kindergarteners entering school had a personal belief exemption to required school immunizations, a significantly higher rate than the statewide average of 2.5%. Supervisor Katie Rice said, “I was pleased with Governor Brown’s decision yesterday. We have a shared responsibility to our children’s health and the broader community as well.”
For more information on school and child care immunization law please visit ShotsForSchool.org. For more information on immunizations in Marin, including an interactive map that shows the personal belief exemption rate of local Marin schools, please visit the HHS Immunization Program.
“We anticipate that the vaccination rate will increase with the passing of this bill.” said Danielle Hiser, Public Health Nurse of the Marin County Immunization program. “Many serious diseases are preventable with vaccines, and a community that vaccinates protects its most vulnerable.”
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website