TaKe Action 2:
Submit Your Opposition Letter to Policy Committees
Comments will be shared with the appropriate policy committee members hearing the bill.
"I oppose SB 871, which would add COVID-19 to the list of diseases for which a child must be immunized in order to attend school or daycare and would remove the personal belief exemption for any additional vaccine requirements added by the California Department of Health. SB 871 is not necessary at this time and would have a negative impact on children, especially minority and economically disadvantaged populations.”
You might add a personal experience or talking points outlined below.
Talking Points for SB 871
Specific Ask: Oppose SB 871 or abstain from voting on the bill.
Main Talking Points
- SB 871 could result in unintended consequences such as impacting school districts funding, discrimination of minority populations and the economically disadvantaged, and the worsening of mental health of children that will be forced into online school.
- The data on children and COVID-19 mortality and morbidity and the fact that many children have naturally acquired immunity does not warrant a mandate
- The risk of myocarditis associated with the vaccine outweigh the benefits for children and the goal of this bill cannot be met because vaccinated individuals can contract and transmit COVID-19.
- Removing the personal beliefs exemption for COVID-19 vaccine and future vaccines will shift the responsibility for adding vaccines to the requirements from the legislature, where constituents have a voice, to an agency of unelected officials where there is very limited ability for individuals to impact policy.
- This legislation does not ensure equity for family members who hold sincere religious beliefs because it does not provide a religious and conscientious beliefs exemption that is available to employees.