Tennessee Advocacy

Welcome to the National Vaccine Information Center Tennessee 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
TN HB 2936/SB 2749 2024-05-28 SUPPORT Prohibits govt. from burdening fundamental parental rights incl. right to direct child’s health care, part of Families’ Rights & Responsibilities Act Status: SB 2749 ENACTED, signed by Governor Bill Lee on 5/28/2024, effective date 7/1/2024; Public Chapter 1061

Action: NONE
TN SJR 1135 2024-04-25 SUPPORT Opposes the United States' participation in World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Prevention Preparedness and Response Accord Status: Died, failed to be referred to House standing committee after being adopted by the Senate on 4/11/2024; session ended 4/25/2024

Action: NONE
TN HB 637/SB 1109 2024-04-25 WATCH Requires employers who mandate vaccination to provide religious belief exemptions/prohibits adverse actions against those using religious exemptions Status: HB 637 died, failed to pass full House before end of session 4/25/2024 | SB 1109 died by committee vote on 3/20/2023

Action: NONE
TN HB 264/SB 1090 2024-04-25 WATCH Prohibits a government entity from mandating a vaccine unless a religious exemption option is offered Status: HB 264 failed, lack of second in Population Health Subcomm |SB 1090 failed to get hearing Senate Ed Comm, session adjourned 4/21/2023, carryover to 24

Action: NONE
TN HB 1894/SB 1903 2024-04-22 SUPPORT Defines “drug” within the Tennessee Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to also mean a food that contains a vaccine or vaccine material Status: ENACTED; HB 1894 was signed by Governor Bill Lee on 4/22/2024, effective immediately; Public Chapter 742

Action: NONE
TN HB 1726/SB 2359 2024-04-11 SUPPORT Prohibits the state from requiring any member of a foster care family or adoptive family to be vaccinated if they have religious or moral objections Status: SB 2359 ENACTED, signed by Governor Bill Lee & effective on 4/11/2024; Public Chapter 699

Action: NONE
TN HB 2452/SB 2641 2024-04-04 WATCH Replaces requirement that parents get children vaccinated with state recommendation with consultation with child's health care provider Status: HB 2452 is eligible for House floor vote as of 4/4/2024 | SB 2641 scheduled for Senate Judiciary Comm hearing on 4/2/2024 at 1PM

Action: Contact Senate Judiciary Committee Members, your Representative, & Senator with your concerns
TN HB 2801/SB 2543 2024-03-21 SUPPORT Exempts livestock & poultry kept at a location where no animals are vaccinated from vaccine mandates by the Commissioner or state veterinarian Status: HB 2801 died, deferred to summer study in House Ag. & Nat. Resources Comm on 3/20/2024 | SB 2543 died, withdrawn on 3/21/2024

Action: None at this time
TN HB 1945/SB 1760 2024-03-14 SUPPORT Requires Dept of Agriculture to post on website all vaccines used for poultry or livestock in state & separate by genetically engineered or not Status: HB 1945 died, deferred to summer study in House Ag. & Nat. Resources Subcomm on 3/12/2024 |SB 1760 died, withdrawn on 3/14/2024

Action: None at this time
TN HB 2050/SB 2379 2024-03-12 SUPPORT Requires Dept of Child Svc requests US DHHS to amend dept’s TTL IV-E plan to conform w/ law prohibiting vaccination requirement to fostering a child Status: HB 2050 removed from House Children & Family Affairs Subcomm agenda on 3/12/24|SB 2379 Recomm passage as amended Sen Judiciary Comm on 3/5/24

Action: Contact House Children & Family Affairs Subcommittee Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask them to SUPPORT
TN HB 2548/SB 2358 2024-03-08 SUPPORT Prohibits Dept of Children’s Svcs from requiring vaccination of a person or family members, w/ moral or religious objections, to adopt/foster children Status: HB 2548 referred to the House Children & Fam Affairs Subcomm on 2/6/2024 | SB 2358 referred to General Subcomm of Senate Judiciary Comm on 3/8/2024

Action: Contact House Children & Fam Affairs s/c of the Civil Just Comm Members, Senate Judiciary Comm Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask to SUPPORT
TN HR 99 2024-02-07 SUPPORT Establishes the right of TN Army & Air National Guard Members to refuse COVID-19 vaccine w/out discrimination via termination or loss of benefits Status: Referred to the House Departments and Agencies Subcommittee of the House State Government Committee on 2/7/2024

Action: Contact House Departments and Agencies Subcommittee Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask them to SUPPORT
TN HB 2157/SB 2140 2024-02-01 SUPPORT Requires health care providers vaccinating a minor to record proof of prior parental or guardian informed consent in minor’s electronic medical record Status: HB 2157 was referred to the House Health Subcommittee on 1/31/2024 | SB 2140 was referred to the Senate Health & Welfare Committee on 2/1/2024

Action: Contact House Health Subcommittee Members, Senate Health and Welfare Committee Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask them to SUPPORT
TN HB 377/SB 585 2024-02-01 SUPPORT Establishes Patient Rights Act, includes sections to prohibit discrimination based on vaccination status by health care facilities & with transplants Status: HB 377 withdrawn on 2/1/2024 | SB 585 failed to be scheduled for committee hearing in 2023, carryover to 2024

Action: Continue to contact your Representative & Senator, ask to SUPPORT
TN HB 1380/SB 1111 2023-05-17 SUPPORT Requires prior written informed consent of parent or guardian before a minor can be vaccinated Status: ENACTED, SB 1111 was signed by Governor Bill Lee on 5/17/2023, effective date 5/17/2023, Chapter 477

Action: NONE
TN HB 2/SB 11 2023-05-17 SUPPORT Removes expiration dates of July 1, 2023 on good, protective laws enacted concerning COVID-19 Status: ENACTED, SB 11 was signed by Governor Bill Lee on 3/21/2023, effective date 3/21/2023, Public Chapter 48

Action: NONE
TN HB 252/SB 644 2023-04-28 SUPPORT Exempts home school students from immunization requirements, applicable to students attending nursery school, preschool, or K-12 Status: ENACTED, HB 252 was signed by Governor Bill Lee on 4/28/2023, effective date 4/28/2023, Public Chapter 296

Action: NONE
TN HB 842/SB 369 2023-04-21 SUPPORT Removes requirement for livestock vaccines, allows mRNA vaccine-free meat labeling, removes Ag Commissioners authority to order livestock vaccines Status: HB 842 deferred to summer study & SB 369 failed to be scheduled for committee hearing; session adjourned 4/21/2023, carryover to 2024

Action: None at this time
TN SB 2 2023-04-21 SUPPORT Removes expiration dates of July 1, 2023 on good, protective laws concerning COVID-19 Status: SB 2 failed to be scheduled for committee hearing, however removal of expiration date put in place by enactment of SB 11

Action: NONE
TN HB 32/SB 88 2023-04-21 SUPPORT Prohibits the manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding, or sale of any food that contains a vaccine unless conspicuously labeled Status: HB 32 failed to be heard in committee & SB 88 failed to be scheduled for committee hearing; session adjourned 4/21/2023, carryover to 2024

Action: Continue to contact House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Members, your Representative, & Senator, ask to SUPPORT
TN HB 299/SB 99 2023-04-21 SUPPORT Prohibits the manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding, or sale of meat that contains a mRNA vaccine or material unless conspicuously labeled Status: HB 299 died, withdrawn on 1/30/2023 | SB failed to be scheduled for comm hearing; session adjourned 4/21/2023, carryover to 2024

Action: Contact Members of Senate Health & Welfare Committee, your Senator, & Representative, ask to SUPPORT

Announcements

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