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SB277 is not the answer

You may have heard about a little vaccine bill worming its way through the California legislature. SB277, aka WTF (because it goes Way Too Far).

Now, I am not a rabid anti-vaxxer. Far from it — though a couple of my dear friends are. But very few of the parents I know, including many of my fellow pro-vaxxers, follow the current vaccine schedule to the letter, and before you let loose on that nice looking stone you’ve got there, are you 100℅ up to date on your shots? Heh.

We vaccinate slightly behind schedule and omit a handful based on our doctor’s advice.

We vaccinate because the science is fairly clear on the issue and because the risks of complications are slim and the dangers of the diseases themselves are huge.

And because I am friends with enough scientists to know they are not all in on some grand conspiracy. In fact, scientists as a whole are among the least likely to do something of that nature due to their daily pursuit of empirical evidence.

We vaccinate because we have known and loved immune-compromised individuals who need our protection.

If I may pull out my favorite analogy, vaccinations are not an invisibility cloak. No scientist worth their salt would claim them to be. Vaccines are more like camouflage. Healthy unvaccinated folks are wearing normal clothing but generally no flamboyant colors. Immune-compromised individuals are wearing bright orange. This helps explain why vaccinated individuals do sometimes get sick anyway, especially if surrounded by a higher than average number of people in civvies or orange. This also helps explain why some unvaccinated individuals avoid catching what goes around. Those people were lucky enough to dress in earth tones.

Given all of the above, why am I not over the moon about SB277?

Because I’m pro-choice. Because winning people over does not and never has worked by force. And a very selfish reason: who says the latest vaccine to arrive on the heels of this bill won’t be horrendously dangerous or simply unnecessary?

There’s still time to derail this foolhardy, shortsighted proposed legislation. In order of most to least effective, fax, snail mail, call, or email these Senators before April 15th:

Education Committee
Senator Liu (Chair) Undecided
Senator.liu@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.liu@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 5097
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4025
Fax: (916) 651-4925
 
 
Senator Huff – (Vice Chair) Undecided- has asked for more info
Senator.huff@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.huff@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.651.4029
Fax: 916.651.4929
 
 
Senator Marty Block (co-auth) Supports
Senator.block@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.block@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 4072
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Fax: (916) 651-4939
 
 
Senator Hancock, Undecided
Senator.hancock@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.hancock@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4009
Fax: (916) 651-4909
 
 
Senator Tony Mendoza, Undecided
Senator.mendoza@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.mendoza@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 5061
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4032
Fax: (916) 651-4932
 
 
Senator Vidak, Undecided
Senator.vidak@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.vidak@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 3082
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.651.4014
Fax: 916.651.4914
 
 
Senator Connie Levya, Undecided
Senator.leyva@senate.ca.gov<mailto:Senator.leyva@senate.ca.gov
State Capitol, Room 4061,
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4020
Fax: (916) 651-4920

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