Private: FAQ

A. SB277 is a bill that mandates all vaccinations the state of California deems necessary for children. This means you will be required to fully vaccinate your children, from ages 6-18 years, if you want them to attend any form of legal education. (The bill was amended on April 9th to exclude home-based private schools if all of the school’s pupils are residents of the household or are members of a single family.)

SB277 removes parental power of informed consent. You can read the bill in its entirety here.

A. The American Medical Association (AMA) states that before any medical procedure is performed, the patient is to be advised of possible side effects, as well as the benefits. Armed with both the risks and benefits, the patient can then make an informed choice as to whether or not to proceed:

The physician has an ethical obligation to help the patient make choices from among the therapeutic alternatives consistent with good medical practice. Informed consent is a basic policy both in ethics and law that physicians must honor…


Mandatory vaccination violates your right to informed consent by no longer allowing you to decide whether or not to move forward with the vaccines after being given a thorough explanation of the benefits and risks.


Click here for an explanation of the AMA’s explanation of informed consent.

A. Yes. If they are not vaccinated in accordance with the state’s mandates, your children will no longer be allowed an education in California.


In California, education is required until age 16. If you choose not to vaccinate your children and don’t send them to school as a result, they are subject to truancy laws which allow for action by Child Protective Services up to and including removal from the home.

A. Home schooling is recognized under the umbrella of “private” school in California, which is specifically addressed and included in the mandate in the proposed bill.


UPDATE: The bill was amended on April 9th to exclude home-based private schools, and again on April 22 to exclude home-based independent charters.


Visit the links below to learn more about the legal status and laws surrounding California homeschools.

A. No. The target of this bill is to remove personal belief exemptions, and in California, religious exemptions are included as part of personal belief.


If SB277 passes, your option to file a religious exemption from vaccines will no longer be available.

A. No. SB277 will require all children receive vaccines on a pre-determined schedule.


There will be no exemptions aside from medical.

A. No. Medical exemption criteria are stringent and specific. Most children, even after having an adverse reaction to one vaccine, will not qualify for an exemption from the full schedule.

A. Yes. The bill language is written to include any and all vaccinations that the state “deems appropriate”, now and in the future. The flu shot is currently not mandated on the schedule, but this bill gives lawmakers the authority to add it without your consent. You will have no right to refuse.

A. Yes. If SB277 passes, you will no longer have the option to delay or selectively vaccinate in order to attend any form of legal education, with the exception of single-family home-based private school.


Your child will receive shots on a pre-established schedule in spite of any objections you may have.


You will have the option of moving to a different state. However, only 18 states (including California) allow for a personal belief exemption, and many of these states have similar bills in the works similar to SB277.

A. Yes. The wording in this bill is such that the entire schedule of vaccines must be followed – including anything that may be added in the future.


There are currently nearly 300 vaccines in different stages of testing. Any or ALL of those may become mandated at some point in the future. If this bill passes, you will no longer have the option to refuse.


Click here for a report on vaccine development from (PDF, 4MB).

A:  A vaccine is actually a medical procedure. Every medical procedure comes with risks – and this includes vaccines.
Federal Law requires that all parents be given a Vaccine Information Sheet at the time of the procedure. Often, the parent receives only partial information in the doctor’s office – not the actual package insert, which lists the vaccine ingredients and risks.
Here is a list of currently approved vaccine package inserts on the FDA’s website.

A. Yes. This is easily verified via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database.


To date, a specialized court has paid almost $3 billion to injured families.

A: No. In 1986, the government approved the National Childhood Injury Act. It establishes the Vaccine Program as a no-fault compensation program whereby petitions for monetary compensation may be brought by or on behalf of persons allegedly suffering injury or death as a result of the administration of certain compulsory childhood vaccines.


One of the most notable results of that enactment was the establishment of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program essentially released the pharmaceutical companies of any liability due to defective or unsafe products.


The program is also known as “vaccine court.” This is the place where one goes to fight for compensation for vaccine injuries. The pharmaceutical companies acknowledge no liability, but the state is willing to pay out to those who can prove they were adversely effected by a vaccine.


To date, that court has paid almost $3 billion to injured families. The payouts can be viewed here.

A.  A child that is not vaccinated cannot spread an illness he does not have. For example: if you don’t receive your flu shot, you don’t automatically start transmitting the flu to other people.

Conversely, people who have recently been vaccinated with a live virus can spread the illness, as they have actually been injected with the disease.


An FDA study confirmed people who recently received the pertussis vaccine can be exposed to the illness and spread the disease for up to 6 weeks. Contrary to popular belief, it is those that are vaccinated that pose the biggest risk to people with compromised immune systems.


St. Jude Inpatient Visiting Guidelines explains the risks of those recently vaccinated to immune-compromised individuals.

A: No. This is not a bill that people get to vote on, which is why it is so important to contact your representatives and tell them your concerns.
A: There are a number of ways to get involved. Visit our Take Action page to find out more.
Contact your legislators! Check out our Resources page for letter templates and more information regarding the bill.

A: Updates to SB277 can be found at the California Legislative Information website.


We will also be updating our site regularly with news and updates on the bill, and sending periodic email updates to our subscribers to keep you up to date. Join now!

A: This video explains the process of how a California bill becomes a law.


You can also visit the links below for a detailed explanation of the process:

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