SAN DIEGO - A local rally to protest California's controversial SB277, which would make vaccines mandatory for all school students drew little support Thursday.
A rally led by the grassroots organization for medical freedom, Our Kids, Our Choice on Front Street in downtown San Diego was attended by two people. Although, other demonstrations were held at California Assembly Member district offices in Van Nuys and Santa Rosa to protest the bill.
If passed, the bill would end personal exemptions from immunizations. Unless given permission from a doctor, all children would be required to get immunizations before starting kindergarten in both public and private schools according to a schedule established by the U.S. government.
California law currently gives parents the option to opt out of vaccinating their children for personal and religious reasons, not just medical ones. Overall, the state’s measles vaccination rate of about 91% is just slightly below the CDC’s ideal coverage of 92 to 94 percent.
SB 277 aimed at lifting these lagging vaccination rates and preventing another outbreak.