Tuesday, October 13, 2015


GOVERNOR SIGNS FIRST ADULT VACCINE MANDATE for Preschool Teachers and Parent Volunteers

Governor Brown signed SB792 into law on 10-11-2015 This first in the nation adult vaccine mandate to work or secure a business license outside of the healthcare and first responder profession is the "companion bill" to SB277. SB792 Day care facilities: immunizations: exemptions goes into effect September 1, 2016​

This bill mandates proof of vaccination for measles, pertussis and optional annual flu vaccine (for the first year of employment) for daycare providers, early childhood teachers, head start teachers, parent co-ops where money is exchanged, YMCA early childhood and after school program caregivers, in home daycare providers and parent volunteers who care for and supervise children. A personal belief exemption for the flu vaccine is allowed but it is unclear at the time of this writing if the personal belief exemption will be allowed past the first year of employment. Medical exemptions for all three of the mandated vaccines include titer testing, pregnancy contraindicated for MMR. pre-pregnancy, lactation, pregnancy, infertility and autoimmune diseases are all considerations for medical exemption for the TDaP & MMR vaccines.

The new TB test language which is also required for all adults residing in the home day care setting can be found here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1651-1700/ab_1667_bill_20140915_chaptered.pdf 

It allows for a tuberculosis screening by a doctor in lieu of a TB test, blood test or x-Ray. The risk assessment questionnaire that will suffice for compliance is here: http://www.ctca.org/fileLibrary/file_574.pdf

In reality, SB792 mandates injection of seven antigens. The measles and pertussis antigens are not available as a single antigen vaccine in the U.S. 

  • Pertussis (whooping cough) antigen is combined with diphtheria and tetanus, which is not a communicable disease, in the TDaP vaccine. 
  • Measles antigen is combined with mumps and rubella in the MMR vaccine. 

Technically no one can comply, nor should they. 

On September 4, 2015, bill author Senator Mendoza added a last minute amendment expanding this vaccine mandate to include volunteers at children's daycare facilities including State licensed home based daycare. Pre-schools and even parent co-ops if monies are exchanged will not be exempt from SB792. This new mandate would also apply to head start, early childhood centers, private school nurseries, and after school programs.

If you are a parent or grandparent who wants to volunteer your time, talents and skills to benefit your children and their classmates educational experience, you will have to roll up your sleeve or be denied access.   

  • The original bill included the full CDC Adult Vaccine Schedule. During the legislative process the mandates were reduced to three diseases, two of which are in combo vaccines for total of seven antigens. You cannot get the pertussis (whooping cough) or measles vaccines in single antigen doses.
  • You have to get the TDaP (3 antigens in 1 shot), and the MMR (again, 3 antigens in 1 shot). They are in effect mandating seven antigens in three vaccines when you include the annual flu vaccine.  
  • No one should be forced to receive medical injections that come with risks of injury and death as a condition of employment or business license! No one should be force injected to have access to their child's classroom, preschool or daycare.