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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 2065 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Education, Rules and HHS Committees on 1/14/2021 Eliminates vaccine mandates for school
DC B23-0171 12/29/2020 OPPOSE Enacted without Mayor's signature, 12/23/2020, published in DC Register 12/25/2020 Allows minors to consent to vaccines without parental consent
FL HB 6003 1/18/2021 SUPPORT Referred to committees on 1/15/2021 Removes State Health Officer ability to force vaccination during a declared public health emergency
FL SB 364 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Referred to multiple committees Prevents discrimination based on individuals' vaccination or status of immunity
IA HF 37 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Education on 1/12/2021 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IN HB 1488 1/14/2021 WATCH Introduced and referred to the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee 1/14/2021 Prohibits an employer from requiring a vaccine that is approved for emergency use
IN HB 1506 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs on 1/14/2021 Prohibits the Dept. of Child Services from requiring vaccination for adoption and foster care
IN SB 74 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Hearing held in the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor on 1/13/2021, held over Prohibits employers from requiring vaccines as a condition of employment, provides for civil action
IN HB 1279 1/9/2021 WATCH To be introduced and referred to the House Committee on Family, Children & Human Affairs 1/14/2021 Prohibits dept. from requiring an applicant to get vaccinated to obtain a foster care license
IN HB 1229 1/9/2021 OPPOSE To be introduced and referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 1/14/2021 Requires health facilities to retain signed statement from employees on flu vaccination status
IN HB 1079 1/2/2021 OPPOSE To be introduced and referred to the House Committee on Public Health Allows dentists to administer any vaccine to patients any age
KY SB 117 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/13/2021 Allows colleges and health facilities to require vaccines if exemptions are allowed
KY SB 98 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Referred to to Committee on Committees Prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who refuse vaccines or requiring vaccines
KY HB 36 1/6/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/5/2021 Prohibits the state from requiring vaccination, removes authority to require vaccination in epidemic
KY SB 37 1/6/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/5/2020 Prohibits mandatory vaccination and employer vaccine mandates
KY SB 28 1/6/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/5/2021 Adds conscientious belief exemption to vaccination, including during emergency
KY HB 101 12/5/2020 WATCH Introduced on 1/5/2021 Prohibits vaccination requirements for college students not in health care service programs
MD HB 17 1/8/2021 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing on 1/28/2021 Restricts emergency orders, may not include requirement to receive vaccine
MN HF 40 12/22/2020 SUPPORT Died Upon Adjournment Requires written consent for vaccination, including in emergency, prohibits coercion
MN HF 42 12/22/2020 SUPPORT Died Upon Adjournment Establishes it is an unfair discriminatory practice to discriminate based on vaccination status
MN HF 41 12/22/2020 SUPPORT Died Upon Adjournment Requires written consent for vaccination, prohibits withholding assistance or discrimination
MO HB 838 1/16/2021 WATCH Introduced on 1/14/2021 Prohibits state public employers from requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for any public employee
MO SB 322 1/7/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Allows dentists to administer vaccines
MO HB 35 1/7/2021 WATCH Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Prohibits requiring additional vaccines not currently required by law for school & daycare
MO HB 37 1/7/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Adds conscientious belief exemption, restricts mandates for public schools & makes other changes
MO HB 628 1/7/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Allows Dentists to administer vaccines
MO HB 566 1/7/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Removes restrictions on school vaccine exemptions/protects employees & students from discrimination
MO HB 34 1/7/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/6/2021, read 2nd time 1/7/2021 Requires vaccine information on death certificates of children under 4
MS HB 719 1/20/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and Referred To Public Health and Human Services & Workforce Development Committees 1/18 Prohibits public and private employers from requiring COVID-19 Vaccines as a condition of employment
MS HB 475 1/19/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Education and Human Services Committees on 1/18/2021 Establishes a religious belief exemption to vaccination for schools and childcare
MS HB 433 1/19/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to House Education and Appropriations Committees 1/18/2021 Mandates annual flu vaccines for all school employees, no religious or conscientious exemptions
ND HB 1469 1/20/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/18/2021 Requires completion of an online education module developed by the health dept. for exemptions
ND HB 1306 1/15/2021 SUPPORT Hearing scheduled 1/19 in the House Human Services Committee at 2:45 Establishes an interim study on the interrelationship between SIDS, vaccines and ASD in children
ND HB 1320 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Hearing scheduled on 1/19/2021 in the House Human Services Committee at 2:30 pm. Prohibits making receipt of a vaccine a condition for education, employment, or services.
ND HB 1301 1/12/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee on 1/11/2021 Prevents an employer from requiring immunization as a condition of obtaining/retaining employment
ND HB 1307 1/12/2021 SUPPORT Hearing scheduled on 1/19/2021 in the House Human Services Committee at 2:00 pm. Enacts new law, places of public accommodation can't refuse service based on vaccine refusal
NE LB 447 1/15/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/15/2021 Eliminates vaccine exemptions for childcare, requires electronic reporting of vaccine status
NH HB 604 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee Expands the New Hampshire vaccine association to include adult vaccines.
NH HB 146 1/7/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on 1/6/2021 Requires providers to give list of ingredients contained in an injectable medication
NH HB 220 1/5/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, 1/6/2021 Prohibits discrimination for refusal to accept unwanted medical interventions, including vaccines
NH HB 221 1/5/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/6/2021 and referred to the House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee Requires prior written consent before information is entered into the vaccine registry
NJ S2889/A4832 12/30/2020 OPPOSE A4832 referred to Assembly Health 10/19/2020, S28891r amended and passed out of Committee 10/8/2020 Allows pharmacists to administer COVID Vaccines according to the CDC or FDA & vaccines to children
NJ A5096 12/28/2020 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 12/10/2020 Restricts mandates for COVID Vaccines, except for health care workers
NJ A5144 12/28/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 12/14/2020 Allows children 14 and older to consent to vaccination without parental consent
NJ A4950 11/10/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 11/9/2020 Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to any age by standing order
NJ A4659/S2995 10/9/2020 SUPPORT Introduced, A4659 referred to Assembly Health Committee/S2995 to Senate Health 10/8/2020 Prohibits government entity or school from requiring flu vaccines for persons 18 and under
NJ A4576/S2907 9/15/2020 OPPOSE S2907 introduced on 9/14/2020 & referred to Senate Health/Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee Requires annual flu vaccine for public and private school students
NJ A969/S902 8/24/2020 OPPOSE Referred to Assembly Health & Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee Eliminates religious belief exemptions in NJ
NJ A600 8/6/2020 WATCH Referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/15/2020 Provides exemptions to flu vaccine mandates based on allergies
NJ A400 8/6/2020 SUPPORT Referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/14/2020 Establishes the Children's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
NJ A1980 8/6/2020 OPPOSE Referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/14/2020 Expands vaccine tracking system to include adults, mandatory tracking for all and expands access
NJ A1244 8/6/2020 OPPOSE Referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/14/2020 Requires Commissioner of Health to establish rules to mandate vaccines for health care vendors
NJ S903 8/6/2020 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committeon 1/14/2020 Restricts the religious belief exemption to vaccines in NJ
NJ S1013/A2673 8/6/2020 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee on 1/30/2020 Establishes a public awareness campaign to educate the public on the importance of vaccinations
NJ A401/S1768 8/6/2020 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to committee Requires identification and review of deaths/near deaths happening after vaccination
NJ A1603 8/6/2020 OPPOSE Referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/15/2020 Mandates HPV Vaccines for children in grades 6 through 12
NJ A2351 8/6/2020 SUPPORT Intoduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health on 2/3/2020 Enacts the Informed Consent for Vaccination Act
NY A1614/S44 1/18/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees Requires reporting number of school vaccine exemptions to health dept. and posting online
NY A2255/S1653 1/18/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Health Committees on 1/14/2021 Requires tracking of health care providers who write medical exemptions
NY A2240/S45 1/18/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees Mandates flu vaccines for children in child care and school
NY A1894 1/18/2021 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/11/2021 Requires use of a standardized medical exemption form
NY A2081 1/18/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 1/14/2021 Requires COVID-19 Vaccines for LTC residents/employees, exemptions allowed
NY A822/S937 1/5/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees on 1/6/2021 Allows minors to be vaccinated for STDs without parental knowledge or consent
NY A279/S75 1/2/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Assembly and Senate Health Committees Mandatory reporting of adult vaccinations to health dept. & NYC Registry without consent
NY S43 1/2/2021 OPPOSE To be introduced and referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee on 1/6/2021 Allows pharmacist to administer flu vaccines to children 9 years and older
NY A416 12/29/2020 OPPOSE Prefiled to be introduced on 1/6/2021 Allows forced quarantine, vaccination and medical treatment during health emergency or epidemic
NY A11179 12/7/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly Health Committee on 12/4/2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
NY A10773A/S8605 12/5/2020 OPPOSE A10773 amended and recommitted to Assembly Health Committee on 12/4/2020 Gives schools access to the vaccine tracking system
OK HB 1057 1/14/2021 SUPPORT To be introduced on 2/1/2021 Prohibits requiring any vaccine as a condition of employment
OK Amending Chapter 535. Immunizations Regulations 1/10/2021 SUPPORT Public hearing on 1/14/2021, comment period through Jan. 14, 2021 Removes rule requiring health dept. education for religious or personal vaccine exemptions
OK SB 223 1/5/2021 SUPPORT To be introduced on 2/1/2021 Prohibits vaccine mandates by a state entity or political subdivision
OR SB 451 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/11/2021, waiting committee assignment Establishes it is an unlawful employment practice to require medical staff to be vaccinated
OR HB 2591 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/2021, waiting committee assignment Expands grant program to include school based mobile units that provide vaccinations
OR HB 2751/SB 663 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/11/2021, waiting committee assignments Requires parent/guardian consent before a child in protective custody can be vaccinated
OR SB 505, SB 454, HB 2752 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/11/2021, waiting committee assignments Requires information be given to patient or parent before administration of a vaccine
OR HB 2359 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/2021 and waiting referral to committee Requires health care interpreters to be registered, mandates all recommended vaccines
OR SB 254 1/13/2020 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/2021, waiting committee assignment Eliminates non medical exemptions, board review of medical exemptions, restricts non vaccinated
PA HB 182 1/18/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee on 1/15/2021 Requires school districts to post vaccination rates on their web sites
PA HB 2973 11/24/2020 OPPOSE Introduced on 11/19/2020 and referred to the House Health Committee Alternative vaccine schedule by providers if child is given at least one vaccine a year
SC HB 3526 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Referred to the House Judiciary Committee Removes current law regarding vaccination during a public health emergency
SC HB 3217 1/5/2021 SUPPORT Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 12/9/2020 Opt-out for pandemic vaccines, prohibits interference in practitioner/patient prescribing
SC HB 3511 1/5/2021 SUPPORT Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 12/16/2020 Enacts new law making vaccines offered during pandemic or mass vaccination project voluntary
TN SB 186/HB 172 1/16/2021 WATCH Introduced on 1/15/2021 and 1/13/2021 Prevents state/local government from mandating vaccines for government employees
TN SB 187/HB 13 1/16/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/15/2021 and 1/12/2021 Prohibits government entities from forcing/requiring/coercing a person to receive COVID-19 Vaccines
TN HB 10/SB 07 1/14/2021 SUPPORT Introduced, Passed on First Consideration Removes restriction on medical and religious exemptions during an epidemic
TX HB 678 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Filed on 11/30/2020 for 2021 legislative session Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children 3 and older without a doctor relationship
TX HB 495 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Filed on 11/10/2020 for 2021 legislative session Allows childcare facilities to provide notice of immunization rates
TX HB 516 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 11/10/2020 for the 2021 legislative session Mandates meningitis vaccines for students
TX HB 591/SB 138 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Introduced 11/9/2020 for the 2021 legislative session Mandates meningitis vaccines for students
TX HB 325 11/10/2020 OPPOSE Filed on 11/9/2020 Removes current protection for informed consent before information is put into the vaccine registry
TX SB 138 11/10/2020 OPPOSE Filed on 11/9/2020 Mandates additional meningitis vaccines
US S.1619/HR 133 12/22/2020 OPPOSE S.1619 language rolled into HR 133 on 12/21/2020 Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act
US H.R. 2862 12/18/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on 5/21/2019, not moving Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act
US H.R. 6666 8/23/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on 5/1/2020 COVID–19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act
US H.R. 2527 5/14/2020 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on 5/3/2019, not moving Vaccinate All Children Act of 2019
UT HB 117 1/9/2021 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/8/2021 Requires vaccine providers to report to tracking system USIIS, gives rule making authority to dept.
VA SB 1117 1/20/2021 SUPPORT Died in the Senate Education & Health Subcommittee Allows religious exemptions to vaccination for school students during emergency or epidemic
VA SB 1116 1/20/2021 SUPPORT Died in the Senate Education & Health Subcommittee Allows religious exemptions for students and individuals during an emergency or epidemic
VA HB 2061 1/17/2021 OPPOSE Scheduled for hearing,House Committee on Health, Welfare & Institutions, Health Sub Committee 1/19 Requires all vaccine providers to report to the Virginia Immunization Information System
VA HB 2268 1/15/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/13/2021, pending referral to committee Provides for religious exemption to vaccines required during declared emergency or epidemic
VA HB 2242 1/13/2021 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/13/2021, pending referral to committee Prohibits the State from mandating COVID Vaccines, prohibits discrimination based on vaccine status
VT H.43 1/8/2021 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Healthcare on 1/7/2021 Allows minors 16 and older to consent to vaccination without parental consent
WA SB 5151 1/14/2021 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1/22/2021 Requires outdoor nature-based child care provider employees and volunteers to have MMR Vaccine
WA SB 5144 1/12/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on 1/12/2021 Prohibits employers, schools/ university, transportation providers from requiring COVID Vaccines
WA HB 1006 1/12/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on 1/11/2021 Allows Washington residents to decline immunization or vaccination based on religion or conscience
WA HB 1065 1/12/2021 WATCH Introduced and referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on 1/11/2021 Prevents government/private entities from requiring epidemic vaccines unless several conditions met
WI SB 5 1/16/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Human Services, Children and Families 1/15/2021 Prohibits employers from mandating COVID-19 Vaccines as a condition of employment
WI SB 4 1/16/2021 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Human Services, Children and Families 1/15/2021 Prohibits Dept. of Health and local health officials from mandating COVID-19 Vaccines