A bill that will bring more vaccines to California was just passed, despite Jessica Biel standing against it.
According to Scary Mommy, the California Senate voted 9-2 to approve the bill (known as SB276) that will make it more difficult for doctors to write medical exemptions regarding vaccines for students. Now, there will be a closer eye on exemptions written, and there are more restrictions on reasons given. One notable exemption that has since become defunct under the new bill is asthma.
Hollywood actress Jessica Biel lobbied against the bill in June, teaming with Robert Kennedy Jr., a notable anti-vaxx advocate. The two took time to speak to lawmakers at the California Statehouse in an attempt to change some minds. Following the trip, Biel was quick to shut down rumors suggesting she doesn't believe in vaccines. In fact, she took to Instagram, writing a long post about her stance on the matter. She says her issue with the bill is how it treats children with medical exemptions. She says her friends, who remained nameless in the post, have a child who received an exemption, and she fears the implications it will have on the family and their ability to care for the kid. She is also very adamant that those who are unaware of the bill to read into it and make a decision based on the information given.
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This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill. I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians. My concern with #SB276 is solely regarding medical exemptions. My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state. That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill. Not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment. I encourage everyone to read more on this issue and to learn about the intricacies of #SB276. Thank you to everyone who met with me this week to engage in this important discussion!
This bill was passed after measles saw an increase globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Measles saw a 30 percent jump around the world. This isn't isolated to certain areas either. In fact, countries that have seen Measles abolished almost completely have seen it return. In the United States, specifically, Measles diagnoses have risen to the highest amounts since 1992.
The WHO says Vaccine Hesitancy is one of the big reasons for this, and they list it as one of the biggest global threats to health. According to their statistics, vaccines prevent two to three million deaths a year, and that number could be even larger if proper medical care was accessible on a global scale. They say there is no single reason for the hesitancy, however, they say complacency, inconvenience in receiving a shot, and "lack of confidence" are major issues to overcome.