Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren.

The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. It’s being considered by the state Assembly amid growing cases of measles.

Newsom told reporters at the California Democratic Party Convention Saturday that although he supports immunization, he has concerns about having government officials sign off on vaccine exemptions. He said as a parent, he wouldn’t want a bureaucrat to make a personal decision for his family.

FILE - In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Jennifer Wonnacott holds her son Gavin as he points to a sign showing support of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated, at a news conference after the bill was signed by then Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren. The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. Newsom said Saturday, June 1, 2019, that as a parent, he wouldn't want a bureaucrat to make personal decision for his family. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE – In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Jennifer Wonnacott holds her son Gavin as he points to a sign showing support of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated, at a news conference after the bill was signed by then Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren. The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. Newsom said Saturday, June 1, 2019, that as a parent, he wouldn’t want a bureaucrat to make personal decision for his family. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The Sacramento Bee reports Newsom didn’t mention the bill explicitly. Opponents say the doctor-patient relationship will be compromised if it becomes law.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, pediatrician Dr. Charles Goodman vaccinates 1 year-old Cameron Fierro with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren. The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. Newsom said Saturday, June 1, 2019, that as a parent, he wouldn't want a bureaucrat to make personal decision for his family. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, pediatrician Dr. Charles Goodman vaccinates 1 year-old Cameron Fierro with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren. The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. Newsom said Saturday, June 1, 2019, that as a parent, he wouldn’t want a bureaucrat to make personal decision for his family. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)