Resolution In Support Of Repealing California's Personal Beliefs Exemption To Mandatory Vaccinations


Resolution in Support of Repealing California's Personal Beliefs Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations

WHEREAS, for the protection of all students and the community at large, California and every state in the United States passed laws requiring vaccination for school enrollment to achieve sufficient immunity to prevent the spread of serious contagions, including polio, measles, and whooping cough in schools and communities and for t­­­­he protection of children and adults who cannot receive vaccines from these infections; and

WHEREAS, the past success of vaccination has resulted in people being unaware of the dangers of preventable infections, while the spread of unscientific misinformation about vaccines has made some parents hesitant about vaccination, resulting in a significant rise in use of the personal belief exemption, which has been identified as a major factor in the spread of the 2010 whooping cough outbreak that hospitalized 809 and killed 10 infants and the 2014-2015 measles outbreak beginning in Southern California that infected 134 Californians including 15 infants too young to receive the measles vaccine and hospitalized at least 20 people; and

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party stands for protection of the most vulnerable and sound science to keep the nation safe, exemplified by President Franklin D. Roosevelt founding the March of Dimes to quickly respond to polio epidemics anywhere in the nation and funding research that resulted in the development of the polio vaccine, which after a field test of 1.8 million children, 60 years ago, was announced to be “safe, effective, and potent”;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party support the removal of the personal belief exemption to legally required vaccinations for school attendance, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party send copies of this resolution to Governor Brown and to the Democratic members of the California Legislature. 

Sponsored by the San Francisco Democratic Party and Miracle Mile Democratic Club.





Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its May 2015 State Convention
Anaheim Convention Center
May 17, 2015


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