Reports that actress Jessica Biel refused to vaccinate her child as prescribed by doctors surfaced hours after the celebrity forcefully denied opposing vaccines, according to an investigation by Jezebel’s Anna Merlan.
Earlier this week, Biel confirmed that she and Robert F. Kennedy Jr lobbied the California Capitol to prevent it from adopting SB 276, a bill that would crack down on inappropriate medical exemptions to vaccines.
The actress denied that she was against vaccines hours after her efforts to influence California’s lawmakers were made public.
“This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill. I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians,” the actress wrote.
According to Merlan’s conversations with congressional staffers present during Biel’s visits, however, the actress herself failed to vaccinate her children as directed by her physician.
The bill Biel pushed against would require a form signed by an official from the State Department of Public Health in order to obtain exempt a child from vaccination. The current law only requires a written statement from a physician, according to Jezebel.
In an update, Jessica Biel said that she is not anti-Vaxx, but that she thinks that there should be 'medical exemptions' for vaccinations.
There already are medical exemptions in the legislation, which suggests that she is either ignorant of what she was lobbying for or that she is not being candid with the public following the firestorm of controversy that arose from initial reports.
What this legislation does is outlaw personal and religious exemptions.
Here is what Jezebel said about medical exemptions:
"The idea that no one will be able to get a legitimate medical exemption under SB 276 is false. The bill text, which can be read in full here, calls for the state public health department to create a standardized form for medical exemptions that, beginning in 2021, would be the only one accepted.
The bill would require the State Public Health Officer to review medical exemption requests, then notify the physician or surgeon who submitted the request if it was approved or denied."