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The California Bill, AB2638, to Protect Physician Medical Exemptions for Vaccines Has been put on Indefinite Hold.

This is an email to me from a physician who was working hard to see waiver protection get through legislature:
Dear Colleague,
We regret to inform you that AB 2638 has been put on hold indefinitely. The Assembly Health Committee chair received several opposition letters from the CMA, the AAP, and other health-related agencies saying that unless Assemblyman Mike Gatto accepts amendments to eliminate physician protection and add a Standard of Care stipulation to the bill, the legislature will not support it; Mr. Gatto is unwilling to make these amendments.
Our legal consultant has discussed this outcome in detail with Gatto’s office, and it seems putting the bill on hold for the time being is reasonable. From our understanding, Gatto is still very much in support of our efforts and we plan to re-group with new strategies. We thank you again for supporting the bill, and want you to know that your support was not all for naught. Each and every one of your signatures made a difference, as we had over 300 physicians on our support letter!
Ultimately the medical exemptions we write may be challenged. The State could simply review exemptions and deny them as they see fit, but the law does not support this action. Board investigation of physicians remains a possibility, as the review process is complaint driven. That said, such review of physicians would provide opportunities to present the relevant research to the medical boards. We will take advantage of these opportunities, should they arise, by delivering educational materials, and providing legal support and/or expert testimony as needed.
On a positive note, the movie Vaxxed is booking more and more showings.
It was a great pleasure to watch Vaxxed with colleagues, and we encourage you to grab a doctor friend and go see it!
 

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Please excuse my easily confused massively sleep deprived state. This bill was to make it so that when a doctor writes a medical exemption, it can't be challenged? Or it's doctors wanting to exempt themselves from vaccines?

Thanks for helping me to be less confused ;-).

Sus
 
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