Vaccine Or No Vaccine? Celebrity Parents React To Mandatory Vaccination Law

Vaccine Or No Vaccine? Celebrity Parents React To Mandatory Vaccination Law
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Celebrity parents are reacting to California Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory school vaccination bill. Jim Carrey accused the governor of being a corporate fascist, while Jenna Elfman, Selma Blair, Kirstie Alley and Danny Masterson argued that vaccination should be a parental decision.


The Law

On Tuesday, Brown signed Senate Bill No 277 that requires all children enrolling in public school to be vaccinated against diseases; otherwise their enrollment will be denied. Parents who refused vaccination for personal or religious reasons would have to home-school their children or have them attend independent study programs. The law exempts children who have valid medical reason not to be vaccinated provided they have certification from their doctors.

Celebrity parents react

Elfman has since called for people to sign a petition against Brown’s bill. She clarifies that she is not anti-vaccine but pro-parental rights. In a Facebook post, she explained that she strongly oppose the bill for removing the Personal Belief Exemption or PBE. She said that vaccination is already mandatory for public and private schools.

“There are MANY people who fully vaccinate their kids, except for say, Hep B vaccine, until their kid is a bit older– THOSE people fall into the PBE category, since Hep B vaccine is ‘mandatory.’ So it is incorrect to label all those parents who exercise their Personal Belief Exemption (PBEs) as ‘anti-vaxers.’ That is an incorrect label and is an incorrect, sweeping generality,” Elfman wrote.

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With the bill in effect, “a parent who wishes to fully vaccinate your kid(s) with ALL vaccines on the current CDC schedule EXCEPT ONE, your child will not be allowed to attend public school, private school or daycare. Your only choice will be to home school your kid(s). That might be fine for some, but it is certainly NOT fine for many,” Elfman wrote.

OK, HERE’S THE DEAL: Please sign this petition to Governor Jerry Brown. There is NO situation in CA that requires a…

Posted by JENNA ELFMAN on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blair’s reason was in the same tune with Elfman, saying that vaccination should remain a parental decision. Alley and Masterson argued the same.

Carrey, however, had a different view. He made a controversial accusation, branding Brown as corporate fascist. He also claims that vaccines poison children – an argument that he said makes him pro-vaccine but anti poisonous chemicals that are included in vaccines.

Brown’s statement

Gov Brown argued that Science has always been clear that vaccines protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community,” Brown said in a statement.

As for the mandatory school vaccination bill, he said it exempts a child from immunization whenever the child’s physician concludes that there are “circumstances, including but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization.”

Also read: California Makes Vaccines For Schoolchildren Mandatory

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