State health officials said parents likely were afraid to take their children to medical offices during the pandemic.
California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to sign legislation that tightens restrictions on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without all the required vaccinations if lawmakers promise to pass revisions in a second bill.
The bill would allow the state to review a medical exemption if a child attends a school with an immunization rate of less than 95 percent.
When school opened in 2018, charter and private schools reported lower vaccination rates than traditional public schools.
Proposed changes to California's 2015 vaccination law now being considered in the Legislature would limit medical exemptions.
Sen. Richard Pan is proposing a bill to curb medical exemptions for vaccinations of public school students.
As California's strict vaccination law turns a year old, vaccination rates have reached their highest levels.
The statewide rate for kindergartners who are vaccinated reaches 95.6 percent.
The percentage of kindergartners who received all required vaccines rose to 95.6 percent in 2016-17.
If the injunction is granted, the personal belief exemption will temporarily be reinstated.
With the new vaccination law, California becomes a worldwide leader in promoting childhood vaccinations.
At issue is whether special ed students need to comply with the new vaccination law.
Check out our comprehensive database of vaccine data for about 9,000 kindergarten-level public, private and charter schools going back to the 2008-09 school year.
More than 92 percent of California kindergartners are fully vaccinated.