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Allows dentists to administer vaccines

Location: OR
Title: Allows dentists to administer vaccines
Identifier: SB 673
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move out of committee, died


UPDATE: 6/8/2015 - SB 673 has not moved out of the Senate Health Committee.

UPDATE: 4/17/2015 - SB 673 had a public hearing on April 16.  The hearing materials are available here - 

UPDATE: 4/3/2015 - SB 673 is still in the Senate Health Committee. 

UPDATE: 3/22/2015 - It has come to our attention that Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research is in the middle of processing a $500,000.00 grant from Pfizer.  The grant aims to "increase vaccination rates" by:

Using an integrated medical-dental healthcare delivery model, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research will develop and assess a multi-level intervention to promote recommendation of adolescent vaccines in the dental setting. The study will occur in the Kaiser Permanente delivery system in Oregon and Washington (KPNW). If successful, the proposed intervention will lead to strong recommendations for vaccination from dental providers, fewer missed opportunities for vaccination, and increased vaccination coverage rates.

The grant also intends to use the Oregon Immunization Information System, which has no opt-out, in the following way:

In addition to the KPNW registry, we are able to capture data from ALERT IIS, the State
of Oregon immunization information system. This will allow us to capture vaccines given
outside our health plan (e.g., at county health departments or women’s health clinics). ALERT
IIS historically captured only childhood immunization data but has recently expanded to
capture adolescent and adult vaccinations as well. We successfully incorporated ALERT data
into our recent Vaccine Safety Datalink study of HPV vaccine uptake.12 We also expect to have
access to the State of Washington immunization registry data this fall. This will allow us to
capture data on our members who receive vaccinations outside of KPNW in Washington State.

The age of consent for medical and dental treatment  in Oregon is 15.   Teens could go to the dentist and get vaccinated without parental consent or knowledge. - link to grant information from Pfizer. - grant details 

UPDATE: 3/22/3015 - SB 673 had a hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee on 3/16/2015 and was scheduled for a work session on 3/18/2015. - committee information

This bill is sponsored by Senators GIROD, STEINER HAYWARD; Senator MONNES ANDERSON, Representatives HELM and
KENY-GUYER (at the request of Oregon Dental Association).

This bill adds the following new section:

SECTION 2. The Oregon Board of Dentistry shall adopt rules pertaining to the administration
of immunizations against restrictable diseases by dentists licensed under this chapter.
The board shall consider the immunizations against restrictable diseases prescribed by
rules of the Oregon Health Authority.

 - text of SB 673 - status and history for SB 673