Alameda County supervisors approved a
resolution favoring a controversial state
senate bill opposed by anti-vaxxers.
Miley, who rarely shies away from a robust debate, opposed a board resolution supporting a State Senate bill (SB 277) by State Sen. Richard Pan that would remove the “personal belief” exemption from mandatory vaccinations. East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski is a co-author.
“I think the government is intruding too much,” said Miley, who wondered why the issue was even before the board Tuesday morning.
Supervisor Nate Miley said a family member
is autistic due to vaccinations.
Miley also revealed a belief his nephew is autistic because of childhood vaccinations. Miley, though, said he was vaccinated long ago. “I’m not philosophically opposed to it, but I do think parents should have the ability to opt-out of it” said Miley. “But, I think this is too Draconian.”
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said she supports the senate bill and reiterated mandatory vaccinations have long been the law in the state and patients can still receive exemptions if a physician finds the vaccines will adversely affect the child's health.
The Board of Supervisors ultimately approved support for the bill, currently in a state senate committee, 4-1, with Miley voting no.