FILE -- In this April 24, 2019 file photo State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, urges lawmakers to approve his proposal to give state public health officials instead of local doctors the power to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A new version of Pan's bill, which would require public health officials tp scrutinize doctors who grant a high number of exemptions rather than review every exemption, will be will be taken up by the Assembly Health Committee, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )

Public to weigh in on revised California vaccine bill

June 20, 2019 - 12:10 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on a revised California measure giving state public health officials oversight of doctors who grant over five vaccination medical exemptions annually vaccinations and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%.

Thursday's Assembly committee hearing is expected to draw hundreds of people against vaccines to the Capitol.

It comes just days after Sen. Richard Pan announced major changes to his legislation designed to win support from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was concerned about a nixed provision that state health officials sign off on every exemption.

Officials say a 95% vaccination rate is needed to provide "community immunity" and prevent the spread of measles cases, which reached a 25-year high in the U.S. earlier this year.

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