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No Vaccinations, No School; That's The Law

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles Unified School District will not allow students to start class if they have not received the required vaccinations. There will be no grace period.

"All schools are instructed to stop families at the door as they're enrolling and to ask for immunization record," said LAUSD Nurse Administrator Roberta Villanueva.

California's new law, SB 277, which took effect July 1, requires all students in private and public K-12 schools to be fully immunized.

"Families that do not comply with the one-size-fits-all vaccine mandate will lose their state constitutional right for a free and appropriate education," according to the SB 277 website.

Medical exemptions are allowed but not those based on personal beliefs.

Families have been flooding to the district's six immunization clinics to get their children vaccinated. Some have to wait up to six hours at a clinic in Reseda.

Click here for a list of the clinics that offer free vaccination shots.

"We opened our doors Aug. 1, which is last week, and we've done, just in this clinic alone, 770 immunizations." Villanueva added.

Shots are free for those with Medi-Cal and no insurance. Families with private insurance will have to go to their pediatricians.

According to LAUSD, 87 percent of the students are up to date with their shots so far. Officials expect the number to rise by the time school starts Tuesday.

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