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Bill Aimed at Preventing Another Hep A Crisis Has Drawn the Ire of Vaccine Opponents
Voice of San Diego

Assemblyman Todd Gloria’s legislative effort to prevent a replay of San Diego’s sluggish response to a deadly hepatitis A outbreak is facing unexpected backlash from vaccine opponents who say the measure could compel vaccinations.

Gloria’s office reports it has recently received dozens of daily calls from anti-vaccination activists who fear the bill could give health officials the authority to order immunizations.

AB 262, introduced by Gloria and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, doesn’t actually mention vaccinations. It aims to clarify public health officers’ responsibilities during outbreaks, including their ability to issue directives to other governments to take action during health scares.