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Under Senate Bill 277 (as of January 1, 2016), exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, are no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations.

For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, visit the California Department of Public Health’s website or contact the North Coastal Public Health Center at 760-967-4401. 


No Shots No School

California requires students who are from out of state to have verification of chicken pox either through a doctor’s note or immunizations. Chicken pox is a one or two dose series.

Hepatitis B is now required for entrance in California schools for all out of state students, except 7th graders. Hepatitis B is either a two or three dose series.

The other required immunizations are the normal infant shots and boosters of polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DPT).

  • For students entering 6th grade:

A Personal Beliefs Exemption is is still valid until entering 7th grade only if it was signed by a doctor before January 1st, 2016.

  • For students entering 7th grade: 

A medical exemption letter it MUST be from a licensed California doctor and must indicate whether it is temporary or permanent.

  • For any students changing form one school to another:

Must have 2 varicella immunizations, regardless of the grade.