By Kelly Ryan

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — A heated debate over required vaccinations for schoolchildren may be about to erupt again in Placer County.

The state’s vaccine law passed last year, but school district trustees are considering asking the state to consider a delay. Parents are required to get students vaccine ready by July.

Elisa Rios opposes what was once Senate Bill 277. It requires students to get vaccinations to attend public schools.

“I really think it goes against our freedom,” she said.

Now, the Placer County Union High School District is considering a resolution to delay that requirement for two years after a statewide effort to repeal the law failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The district wouldn’t comment, but the item calling for the delay was placed on the agenda by a group which opposes mandatory vaccinations. That group claims there will be a financial impact on schools when people start to sue.

Rios says her first-born child was affected by vaccines, so she has a medical exemption for her children.

“If they could not do it at all that would be great,” she said.

Grandfather George Capron’s brother had polio, and he says it’s important to protect children from what happened when vaccinations weren’t around.

“A lot of other kids we saw died from it they were kids were crippled from it,” he said.


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