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Mandates vaccines for hospital workers

Location: IN
Title: Mandates vaccines for hospital workers
Identifier: SB 133
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, failed to move out of the Senate

Description:

UPDATE: 3/9/2017 - SB 133 failed to move out of the Senate by the deadline of 2/28/2017. https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/deadlines/  The legislative session is scheduled to end on 4/29/2017.

UPDATE 1/5/2017: SB 133 first reading on 1/4/2017.

SB 133 was introduced on 1/4/2017 and is sponsored by Senator Frank Mrvan.  This bill was referred to the Committee on Health and Provider Services.  

This bill would require hospitals to mandate vaccines, allow the hospital to determine whether the tenets of the religion relied upon by an individual for a religious exemption prohibit the individual from receiving an immunization, allow the hospital to terminate the employee or contractor for refusing a vaccine and provide immunity from any liability arising from or concerning the termination or discipline of an individual refusing a vaccine.  

The mandates would apply to Physicians, Volunteers, Residents, Temporary workers, Students and Vendors.  Vaccines that could be mandated are, Influenza, Varicella, Measles, mumps, and rubella,Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis and any other communicable diseases determined by the hospital.

This bill is similar to SB 162 that died at the end of the 2016 legislative session. Please see action alert and bill history from last session for talking points. 

http://www.ibj.com/blogs/17-the-dose/post/62086-bill-would-let-hospitals-require-flu-vaccinations-for-clinical-workers - news article 

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/133 - text, status and history for SB 133