Here is the new vaccine exemption form for California, to be used for new exemptions starting January 1, 2014.
Most California students with an exemption already in place will NOT need to use the new form, unless they are advancing to 7th grade.
"All students newly admitted to a California school, kindergarten through 12th grade, students advancing to 7th grade, and children newly admitted to a childcare facility, who wish to be exempt from one or more required immunizations because of their personal beliefs must provide this form to their school or childcare facility.
Children transferring from one grade school in California to another school in California, and not starting kindergarten or the 7th grade for the first time, do not need to provide a new exemption form. Exemptions from the prior schools should be part of the records transferred to the new schools."
I disagree with the law because theoretically, a parent could go to 100 health care providers and still not get the required signature. There is nothing in the law requiring any health care provider to sign the form.
I also do not think that parents are legally required to agree to the following statement on the form:
"An unimmunized student and the student’s contacts at school and home are at greater risk of becoming ill with a vaccine-preventable disease."
I read the text of AB 2109, and I do not see where a parent is required to agree to that statement.
I might cross out that part, or, instead of using the form, AB 2109 allows "a letter signed by a health care practitioner that includes all information and attestations included on the form." Or, a parent can write above that statement, "I acknowledge that I have read the following statements made by the CDPH." (That way, they are not agreeing to the statements).
Edited by ma2two - 11/8/13 at 9:18am