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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 2470 2/16/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Human Services Committee on 2/21/2019 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination for pupils through 12th grade
AZ HB 2471 2/16/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Human Services Committee on 2/21/2019 Requires health professionals administering vaccines to provide information before vaccination
AZ HB 2472 2/16/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Human Services Committee on 2/21/2019 Allows for serologic proof of immunity, requires notification of available titer tests & exemptions
AZ SB 1114 2/14/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on 2/19/19 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination for pupils through 12th grade
AZ HB 2505 2/5/2019 OPPOSE Referred to HHS and Rules Committees on 2/4/2019 Eliminates personal belief exemption and replaces it with a religious belief exemption
AZ SB 1489 2/5/2019 OPPOSE Referred to HHS and Rules Committees on 2/5/2019 Requires foster parents to vaccinate thier natural and adoptive children to be licensed
AZ SB 1201 1/29/2019 OPPOSE Referred to the Senate Committees Rules and Education on 1/28/2019 Requires schools to post immunization rates on their website
AZ SB 1116 1/23/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Senate Rules Committee on 1/22/2019 Allows for serologic proof of immunity, requires notification of available titer tests & exemptions
AZ SB 1115 1/23/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Senate Rules Committee on 1/22/2019 Requires health professionals administering vaccines to provide information before vaccination
AZ HB 2352 1/18/2019 OPPOSE Filed 1/17/2019 Requires public and charter schools to post exemption numbers on their website
AZ HB 2162 1/17/2019 OPPOSE Introduced Eliminates the personal belief exemption to vaccination, leaving only medical exemptions
CA AB 262 2/15/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Assembly Committee on Health 2/7/2019 Allows a local health officer to take any action to control the spread of communicable disease
CT HB 7101 2/17/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing on 2/19/19 in the Joint Committee on Aging Requires hospitals to offer flu vaccines to patients 65 and older before discharge
CT SB 94 2/15/2019 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health on 2/15/2019 Allows pharmacist to administer flu vaccines to children 12 years and older
CT HB 7005 2/14/2019 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Children on 2/7/2019 Removes school nurses from the list of people who can acknowledge religious exemption, adds clergy
CT HB 5916 1/27/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Joint Health Committee on 1/23/2019 Requires parents be given vaccine package inserts and VIS 24 hours prior to vaccination
CT HB 5901 1/27/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Joint Committee on Health on 1/23/2019 Restricts thimerosal containing vaccines, prohibits mandating vaccines for noncommunicable diseases
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 2/13/2019 OPPOSE SB 354 is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Health Policy Committee on 2/19/19 Mandatory reporting and tracking of vaccines by health care practitioners in registry
FL HB 245/SB 356 1/25/2019 OPPOSE HB 245 referred to committees/ SB 356 referred to committees Mandates HPV Vaccine
HI HB 1182 1/29/2019 SUPPORT Referred to House Committees Health and Judiciary on 1/28/2019 Adds conscientious belief exemption to vaccination in Hawaii
HI SB 925 1/27/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to CPU and EDU Committees on 1/24/2019 Removes health dept. authority to mandate all ACIP recommended vaccines for school
HI SB 926 1/25/2019 SUPPORT Referred to CPH/EDU, JDC on 1/24/2019 Removes health dept. authority to mandate all ACIP recommended vaccines for school
IA SF 238 2/15/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in Senate Human Resources Sub Committee on 2/19 Establishes the Immunization Informed Consent Act, provides for penalties
IA SF 239 2/15/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in Senate Human Resources Sub Committee on 2/19 Establishes a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
IA HSB 86/SF 228 2/12/2019 OPPOSE Filed on 2/11/2019 Establishes Tax Breaks for Vaccine Development
IA HF 297 2/7/2019 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/6/2019 Requires specific information be given by a health professional before vaccination
IA HF 246 2/7/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Human Resources Committee on 2/6/2019 Establishes the Immunization Informed Consent Act, provides for penalties
IA HF 272 2/7/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Education Committee on 2/6/2019 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IA HF 206 2/5/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Human Resources Committee on 2/4/2019 Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
IA HF 100 1/26/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee on 1/24/2019 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
ID HB 133 2/13/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Health and Welfare on 2/12/2019 Requires schools to inform parents of their right to exemptions from vaccine requirements
ID HCR 4 1/29/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means on 1/28/2019 Resolution to reject rule that adds 2nd dose of meningitis vaccine for 12th grade students
IL SB 1659 2/17/2019 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/15/2019 and referred to Assignments Mandates HPV Vaccines for 6th grade students
IL HB 342 2/15/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in the House Human Services Committee on on 2/20/19 Requires information and notification of vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue
IN SB 273 2/7/2019 OPPOSE Passed the full senate on 2/7/2019, now in the house Allows Kids First board to set up nonprofit corp. to increase childhood immunizations
IN SB 228 1/29/2019 OPPOSE Passed Senate Committee and ordered engrossed on 1/28/2019 Expands standing orders and the release of information in the immunization data registry
KY SB 133 2/8/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Senate Health Committee 2/7/2019 Enacts a new law requiring vaccines for college students based on ACIP, gives rule making authority
MA HD 541 2/11/2019 OPPOSE Filed Gives access to immunization data in the registry to insurance companies for rate improvement
MA SD 1520 1/20/2019 OPPOSE Filed Mandates HPV Vaccine for school children in MA
MD SB 783/HB 1332 2/15/2019 SUPPORT SB 783 scheduled for a hearing on 2/26/2019, HB 1332 introduced 2/15/19 Requires informed consent be given before administration of HPV Vaccine
MD HB 316 2/14/2019 OPPOSE Hearing held 2/13/2019 Requires health care providers who administer vaccines to report them to the vaccine tracking system
ME LD 798 2/11/2019 OPPOSE Introduced 2/12/2019and referred to the House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs Eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccination in Maine
MN HF 999 2/12/2019 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/11/19 and referred to the House Labor Committee Enacts a new law protecting employees who refuse vaccination from discipline/discharge
MS HB 479 2/6/2019 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 2/5/2019 Allows adults to deny vaccines, provides protection, adds philosophical exemption for 1st responders
MS SB 2255 2/6/2019 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 2/5/2019 Adds philosophical and religious belief exemptions to vaccination for school children
MS SB 2074 2/6/2019 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 2/5/2019 Directs the State Health Officer to require vaccine information statements be given
MS SB 2398 2/6/2019 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 2/5/2019 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination in Mississippi
MT LC 2018 2/17/2019 SUPPORT Draft made available and ready for delivery on 2/16/2019 Allows the dept. of health to recommed, but not mandate vaccines for child care
MT HB 471 2/15/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the Health Human Services Committee on 2/18/2019 Requires health care providers offer patients and parents the option of being in the tracking system
MT SB 23 2/11/2019 WATCH Passed the full Senate, referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 2/5/2019 Require accommodations to employer-mandated vaccinations to be uniformly offered
MT SB 99 2/11/2019 SUPPORT Died in the full senate Requires schools to provide information on exemptions to vaccination, allows for written exemption
MT HB 113 2/11/2019 OPPOSE Died in committee on 1/24/2019 Removes the option for registration certificates for day care & exceptions to vaccine records
MT HB 231 2/11/2019 OPPOSE Hearing held on 2/6/2019 still in committee Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children under 18
NJ A3818/S2173 2/6/2019 OPPOSE A3818 amended on the Assembly floor to eliminate religous belief exemptions on 1/31/2019 3818 Eliminates/S2173 Restricts the religious belief exemption to vaccination
NJ A1991/S941 2/5/2019 OPPOSE A1991 passed the full Assembly on 1/31/2019 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines as recommended by ACIP for residential students at 4 year colleges
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 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 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
NV AB 123 2/17/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Education 2/19/2019 Forces parents to consent to sharing of medical and religious exemptions to Public Health
NY S3424A 2/12/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee on 2/6/2019 Creates Uniform Religious Exemption Form Subject to Arbitrary Superintendent Approval
NY S2994 2/1/2019 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/31/2019 and referred to the Senate Health Committee Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY A2841 1/26/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/25/2019 Mandates vaccines for employees working in children's camps
NY S2276 1/24/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Senate Health Committee on 1/23/2019 Mandates flu vaccine for school and daycare in NY State
NY S2289 1/24/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Senate Health Committee Requires a phycian signature for a religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY A2316 1/23/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/22/2019 Mandates flu vaccine for school and daycare in NY State
NY A2371 1/23/2019 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/22/2019 Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
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 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 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 1112 2/13/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Public Health on 2/11/2019 Requires legislative approval for changes to the list of vaccines required for school
OK HB 1098 2/5/2019 WATCH Referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/5/2019 Allows employers to adopt reasonable alternative policies to flu vaccine requirements
OK HB 2420 2/5/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the House Committee on Insurance on 2/5/2019 Prohibits managed care entities from imposing requirements relating to vaccination protocol
OK HB 2430 2/5/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/5/2019 Requires the option of an antibody titer test be given to determine immunity to MMR
OK SB 925 1/29/2019 OPPOSE Filed and scheduled for first reading 2/4/2019 Requires school districts to report exemptions, gives Health and Ed Dept. rule making authority
OK SB 534 1/27/2019 SUPPORT Filed 1/27/2019 Clarifes that vaccines are not allowed to be given to a child protective custody without consent
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 SB 146 1/5/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for first reading on 2/1/2019 Requires health care facilities to grant religious exemptions to flu vaccine requirements
OR SB 649 2/13/2019 SUPPORT Scheduled for a public hearing on 2/18/2019 Requires information packets be given by health care providers before vaccination
OR SB 488 2/1/2019 WATCH Public Hearing and Work Session scheduled for 2/6/2019 Requires correctional facilities to offer flu vaccines to each inmate and prisoner
OR HB 2779 1/29/2019 SUPPORT Referred to House Committee Human Services & Housing with sub. referral to Ways & Means on 1/28/2019 Requires parental consent before a child in protective custody can be vaccinated
OR HB 2745 1/27/2019 SUPPORT Referred to the House Health Care Committee on 1/25 Requires information packets be given by health care providers before vaccination
OR HB 2783 1/27/2019 OPPOSE Referred to House Health Care Committee on 1/25/2019 Requires health care practitioner signature for all exemptions to vaccination
OR SB 653 1/25/2019 SUPPORT Referred to Human Services on 1/24/2019 Requires parental consent before children in protective custody can be vaccinated
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 dentists to administer vaccines, requires reporting to tracking system
PA HB 286 2/13/2019 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/30/2019 Establishes the Informed Protection Act to provide informed consent for vaccination
PA HB 48 1/29/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee on 1/28/2019 Requires schools to inform parents of their right to exemptions from vaccine requirements
RI S213 2/2/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee 1/31/2019 Enacts the Rhode Island Informed Consent Protection Act
RI H5165 1/23/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House House Health, Education & Welfare Committee on 1/23/2019 Adds a personal and philosophical belief exemption to vaccination in Rhode Island
TX SB 830 2/15/2019 OPPOSE Filed 2/14/2019 Requires first responders to be vaccinated based on policies adopted by emergency response entities
TX HB 1361/HB 1423 2/7/2019 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/4/2019 Requires long-term care facilities to track vaccination status of employees and residents
TX HB 1418 2/7/2019 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/6/2019 Requries rules be adopted to provide EMS applicants immunization information in the registry
TX HB 1256 2/1/2019 WATCH Introduced on 1/31/2019 Allows access to first responder's immunization history in the registry during a disaster
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
UT SB 83 2/17/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing on 2/19/2019 House Health and Human Services Committee Grant program for children that requires adherence to the state-approved immunization schedule
VT H 238 2/17/2019 OPPOSE Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 2/14/2019 Eliminates religious belief exemption for vaccine required for school and daycare
WA HB 1638 2/16/2019 OPPOSE Passed out of the House Committee on Health and Wellness Committee on 2/15/2019 Eliminates personal and philosophical exemptions to MMR Vaccination
WA SB 5841 2/13/2019 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on 2/20/2019 Eliminates personal and philosophical exemptions to all mandated vaccines
WA HB 1976 2/9/2019 SUPPORT Intoduced and referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on 2/8/2019 Restricts vaccines from the immunization program that don't meet certan criteria
WA HB 1275 1/22/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to House Health Care and Wellness Committee 1/17/2019 Establishes a state database to monitor adverse effects of vaccinations in Washington State
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
WV SB 454 1/29/2019 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Seante Health and Human Resources Committee Establishes religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination for students and employees
WY SF 60 2/16/2019 WATCH 3rd Reading in House - 2/19/2019 10 AM Changes to current Child Protective Custody law in WY
WY SF 55 2/13/2019 OPPOSE Died in Labor Committee on 2/11/2019 Allows the state health officer to authorize optometrists to administer vaccines