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Advocacy Guide

A Guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law

This guide explains the basis for the legislative work we do with the NVIC Advocacy Program to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  You can use this 55 page referenced guide with legislators and policy makers to help educate them about the importance of the bills we advocate for or against.

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Welcome to the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP)

Achieving and protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination is more important now than ever before, and we need your help to make that happen. NVIC wants to help you, our members, to organize and make a difference in your home state right where you live to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  It is at the state level that mass vaccination policies are made, and it is at the state level where your action to protect your rights can have the greatest impact.  Also, when national vaccine issues occur, you will be plugged in to the information and action items necessary to make sure your voice is heard. 

Register to be an NVIC Advocacy Team Member:  Just minutes of your time on letters, emails, and phone calls to your state legislators and the media can make the difference.  NVIC will send you advocacy alert emails when action is needed to support efforts in your own state and nationally on important legislation and policy to protect and expand vaccination exemption laws.  We will provide you with the steps, tools and connection to leaders and organizations to help you make a positive impact on your rights to exercise informed consent in the vaccination decision making process.  

With your registration information, we are able to calculate exactly who your elected officials are and display direct links to connect you to them on your personal view of your state team page.  This also allows us to reach you by email with a dedicated alert for your state when action on a bill is critical.  Registration information is kept confidential within NVIC.

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Bills to Watch



State Bill
Number
Date
Posted
Position Status Title
AZ HB 2505 1/21/2019 OPPOSE Filed Eliminates personal belief exemption and replaces it with a religious belief exemption
AZ SB 1115 1/20/2019 SUPPORT Filed Requires health professionals administering vaccines to provide information before vaccination
AZ SB 1116 1/20/2019 SUPPORT Filed Allows for serologic proof of immunity, requires notification of available titer tests & exemptions
AZ HB 2472 1/20/2019 SUPPORT Filed Allows for serologic proof of immunity, requires notification of available titer tests & exemptions
AZ SB 1114 1/20/2019 SUPPORT Filed Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination for pupils through 12th grade
AZ HB 2352 1/18/2019 OPPOSE Filed 1/17/2019 Requires public and charter schools to post exemption information on their website
AZ HB 2471 1/18/2019 SUPPORT Filed 1/17/2019 Requires health professionals administering vaccines to provide information before vaccination
AZ HB 2470 1/18/2019 SUPPORT Filed 1/17/2019 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination for pupils through 12th grade
AZ HB 2162 1/17/2019 OPPOSE Introduced Eliminates the personal belief exemption to vaccination, leaving only medical exemptions
CT HB 5277 1/16/2019 OPPOSE Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health 1/14/2019 Requires changes to requirements for students to qualify for the temporary vaccination waiver
CT HB 5137 1/10/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the Joint Committee on Health on 1/10/2019 Requires vaccine package inserts & VIS be given to parents before vaccination
CT HB 5135 1/10/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health on 1/10/2019 Restricts thimerosal containing vaccines, prohibits mandating vaccines for noncommunicable diseases
FL HB 213/SB 354 1/18/2019 OPPOSE HB 213 was refferred to committees Mandatory reporting and tracking of vaccines by health care practitioners in registry
FL HB 245/SB 356 1/11/2019 OPPOSE Filed on 1/10/2019 Mandates HPV Vaccine
HI SB 926 1/20/2019 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/18/2019 Removes health dept. authority to mandate all ACIP recommended vaccines for school
IL HB 342 1/14/2019 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/14/2019 and referred to Rules Committee Requires information and notification of vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue
IN SB 228 1/19/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for hearing in Senate Health and Provider Services Committee 1/23/2019 Expands standing orders and the release of information in the immunization data registry
IN SB 273 1/16/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing 1/30/2019 in the Senate Public Policy Committee Allows Kids First board to set up nonprofit corp. to increase childhood immunizaitons
MA SD 1520 1/20/2019 OPPOSE Filed Mandates HPV Vaccine for school children in MA
MS SB 2074 1/15/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to Seante Public Health and Welfar, Judiciary Committees Directs the State Health Officer to require vaccine information statements be given
MT SB 23 1/21/2019 WATCH Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/25/19 Require accommodations to employer-mandated vaccinations to be uniformly offered
MT HB 231 1/19/2019 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled for 2/6/2019 Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children under 18
MT HB 113 1/13/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing on 1/15/2019 Removes the option for registration certificates for day care & exceptions to vaccine records
MT SB 99 1/19/2018 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/25/19 Requires schools to provide information on exemptions to vaccination, allows for written exemption
NJ A1991/S941 12/4/2018 OPPOSE Passed Assembly Health Committee 12/3/2018, in full Assembly Mandates Meningitis Vaccines as recommended by ACIP for residential students at 4 year colleges
NJ A3587/S634 8/2/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Health Committees, not moving Forced vaccination of health care industry vendors with only very limited medical exemptions
NJ A2397 8/2/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/1/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, not moving Allows the Commissioner of Health to adopt rules for mandatory vaccination of healthcare vendors
NJ A1847 8/2/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, not moving Mandates HPV Vaccines for students in grades six through 12
NJ A3818/S2173 4/24/2018 OPPOSE A3818 passed Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on 4/5/18, S2173 introduced 3/5/18 Retricts the religous belief exemption to vaccination
NY A973 1/16/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee 0 1/14/2019 Allows health care practitioners to administer HPV/Hep B Vaccines to minors without parental consent
NY A1135 1/16/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/14/2019 Requires a signature from a healthcare provider for religious exemptions to vaccination
NY S477 1/5/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to Senate Health Committee on 1/9/2019 Strengthens and expands existing medical exemptions to vaccination
NY A099 1/3/2019 OPPOSE Introduced 1/9/2019 and referred to Assembly Health Committee Allows forced vaccination and medical treatment under certain circumstances
NY S298 1/3/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate Health Committee 1/9/2019 Mandates HPV Vaccine
OK HB 2420 1/21/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for first reading on 2/4/2019 Prohibits managed care entities from imposing requirements relating to vaccination protocol
OK SB 861 1/21/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for first reading on 2/4/2019 Clarifies refusal to vaccinate or delaying vaccination is not child abuse
OK HB 1098 1/16/2019 WATCH Scheduled for first reading on 2/4/2019 Allows employers to adopt resonable alternative policies to flu vaccine requirements
OK HB 1112 1/16/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for first reading on 2/4/2019 Requires legislative approval for changes to the list of vaccines required for school
OK SB 146 1/5/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for first reading on 2/1/2019 Requires health care facilitites to grant religious exemptions to flu vaccine requirements
OR SB 565 1/18/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the Workforce Committee on 1/17/2019 Establishes that it is unlawful for an employer to mandate vaccines for healthcare employees
OR HB 2220 1/18/2019 OPPOSE Referred to Health Care on 1/15/2019 Allows optometrists to administer vaccines, requires reporting to tracking system
OR SB 488 1/11/2019 WATCH Filed on 1/10/2018 Requires correctional facilities to offer flu vaccines to each inmate and prisoner
TX SB 329 1/11/2019 OPPOSE Filed on 1/10/2019 Requires reporting of vaccine exemptions by individual schools
TX SB 145 11/27/2018 OPPOSE Filed on 11/12/2018 Requires all insurance plans to cover all CDC recommended vaccines without copays/deductibles
WA HB 1019/SB 5365 1/19/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on 1/14/2019 Allows for serologic proof of immunity, requires notification of available titer tests & exemptions
WY SF 55 1/21/2019 OPPOSE On Jan. 22, will have Senate Third Reading, 10 AM SF 55 - Optometrists practice act amendments
WY SF 55 1/16/2019 OPPOSE Passed the Labor Committee on 1/16/2019 Allows the state health officer to authorize optometrists to administer vaccines