New Law Changes for Immunization Requirements

New Law Changes for Immunization Requirements

January 29, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Immunization Law SB 277 took effect Jan. 1 and now requires all students to be immunized at the entry grade-level points of kindergarten and seventh grade.

Personal Belief Exemptions, or PBE's, will no longer be offered.

A PBE previously filed for enrolled students before 2016 will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or seventh grade.

That means a PBE already on file will be valid for current elementary students through sixth grade and for current secondary students through high school.  Homeschooling or independent study programs without classroom-based instructions are not subject to the immunization requirements.  More information about SB277 is available at the California Department of Public Health's website at