TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bills to reduce fake medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations were signed into law Monday by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
"This legislation provides new tools to better protect public health, and does so in a way that ensures parents, doctors, public health officials, and school administrators all know the rules of the road moving forward," Newsom said in a statement, the Associated Press reported.
The new rules are needed to "keep children safe from preventable diseases," added Democratic Sen. Richard Pan, of San Francisco, according to the AP.
Enforcement will begin next year, which means that doctors who previously granted a high number of medical exemptions for vaccinations will not be investigated, the AP reported. Officials will have the power to revoke any medical exemptions written by a doctor who has faced disciplinary action.