|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District and Senator White of Windham District
Subject: Health; schools; children; vaccinations
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to (1) require girls entering grade 6 to show evidence of HPV vaccination; (2) require those parents objecting on religious or moral grounds to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of information explaining the connection between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer; and (3) appropriate funds to the Vermont department of health for purchase of HPV vaccines.
AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING VACCINATION AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. § 1122 is amended to read:
§ 1122. EXEMPTIONS
(a) A person may remain in school without a required immunization:
(1) If the person, or in the case of a minor the person’s parent or guardian presents a written statement from a licensed physician, health clinic, or nurse that the person is in the process of being immunized. The person may continue to attend school as long as the immunization process is being accomplished;
(2) If a physician, licensed to practice in Vermont, certifies in writing that a specific immunization is or may be detrimental to the person’s health or is not appropriate;
(3) If the person, or in the case of a minor the person’s parent or guardian states in writing that the person, parent, or guardian has religious beliefs or moral convictions opposed to immunization. If a parent or guardian objects to administration of the HPV vaccination, the parent or guardian must also state in writing, using a form such as the American Academy of Pediatrics form titled “refusal to vaccinate,” that he or she has received information explaining the connection between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, and that the parent or guardian has elected for the child not to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine.
(b) The health department may provide by rule for further exemptions to immunization based upon sound medical practice.
Sec. 2. 18 V.S.A. § 1123 is amended to read:
§ 1123. IMMUNIZATION RULES
(a) The health department in consultation with the department of education shall establish rules for administering this subchapter. Such rules shall establish which immunizations shall be required and the manner and frequency of their administration.
(b) No later than July 1, 2007, the department shall commence rulemaking for the purpose of amending the rules to require that a female child entering grade 6 on or after August 15, 2008 has completed the vaccination series for the human papillomavirus.
Sec. 3. APPROPRIATION
There is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 2008 to the department of health the amount of $7,840,980.00. This appropriation shall be expended by the department for the purchase and administration of vaccines for the prevention of cervical cancer. In fiscal year 2007, the department shall make the vaccines available for administration to all females 11 years of age, and to 25 percent of the population of females ages nine, 10, and 12–26 years of age. Any of the amount not used for these purposes in fiscal year 2007 shall not revert but shall be carried over by the department for expenditure for these purposes in fiscal year 2008.
Sec. 4. Effective Date
Sec. 2 of this act shall take effect upon passage.
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