Rhode Island Advocacy

Welcome to the National Vaccine Information Center Rhode Island State Team page. This page, along with the email updates you will receive, will help keep you informed of what you can do in your state to help you protect and expand your rights to informed consent to vaccination.

Note: You must first register as a NVIC Team Member before you can view action alerts, legislation to watch, and announcements.

Action Needed Now

There are no active action alerts at this time, but please check back soon.

Bills to Watch

The following table lists the active bills of interest for all states.

State Bill Number Date Position Title Status
RI H 7797/S 2616 2024-05-01 WATCH Allows employer vaccine mandates if exemptions provided, requires AG investigation & establishes fines for noncompliance Status: H 7797 was recommended to be held for further study in House Labor Comm on 5/1/2024|S 2616 died, failed to meet Senate deadline of 4/11/2024

Action: Contact House Labor Committee Members and your Representative with your concerns
RI S 2080 2024-04-11 WATCH Allows private employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines w/ medical, pregnancy, religious, immunity, periodic testing, or PPE exemptions, adds penalties Status: Died, failed to be scheduled for hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Comm before Senate comm consideration deadline 4/11/2024

Action: NONE
RI H 7781/S 2424 2024-04-10 SUPPORT Req. schools to inform parents of right to exempt their child from vaccination, & obtain parental consent for med. procedures, parental rights bill Status: H 7781 held for further study in House Education Committee on 4/10/2024 | S 2424 referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/12/2024

Action: Contact House Education Committee Members, Senate Judiciary Committee Members, your Senator, & Representative, ask them to SUPPORT
RI H 7881 2024-04-09 SUPPORT Requires blood donors to disclose if received COVID-19 vaccine, blood to be conspicuously labeled, right to request non COVID-19 vaccinated blood Status: Recommended to be held for further study in the House Health and Human Services Committee on 4/9/2024

Action: Contact the House Health and Human Services Committee Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask them to SUPPORT
RI S 2285 2024-02-12 SUPPORT Prohibits discrimination in postsecondary education of students, faculty and staff based upon medical or religious vaccine exemptions Status: Referred to the Senate Education Committee on 2/12/2024

Action: Contact Senate Education Committee Members, your Senator, & Representative, ask them to SUPPORT
RI S 2386 2024-02-12 SUPPORT Requires parental written informed consent before vaccination, prohibits vaccine status discrimination, establishes penalties for non-compliance Status: Referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 2/12/2024

Action: Contact the Senate Health and Human Services Committee members, your Senator, & Representative, ask them to SUPPORT

Announcements

There are no announcements available at this time, but please check back soon.