Five vaccine bills with mandates have been introduced this year to the Hawaii State Legislature. Three are already being heard in Senate Committees this coming week.
Whether you agree with vaccinations or not, it should be our right as parents to choose what we think is right for the health of our children. “Our religious and spiritual practices are a human right. Hawaii entered legislation today to require immunization with no religious exemption for public school students.” Dr. Patricia McLean.
As we know, vaccinations are not the only way to keep our children safe, for example Homeoprophylaxis, and with the risks of side effects and knowledge of vaccination ingredients, it should be a parents or individual’s choice to vaccinate, or not.
Please read the bills, submit testimonies, attend hearings, if you are on Oahu, share with others and contact your legislators (especially the committee members).
Please go to capitol.hawaii.gov and enter bill number in the “Bill Status / Measure Status” in order to read the entire bill on pdf, track public hearings scheduled and submit testimonies. Our very own Maui Senator Roz Baker is helping introduce three of the bills: SB 2316, SB 2393 and SB 2394.
The following are the four bills trying to get fast tracked into legislation:
HB 1722 – Requires ALL public school students to be immunized, except for cases in which the immunization would endanger the life or health of a child. Exempts students attending private schools and home schools from immunization requirements.
SB 2316 – Requires a child to receive at least one dosage of the human papillomavirus vaccine prior to attending seventh grade, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and administer the human papillomavirus vaccine to persons between 11 and 17 year of age. Requires all insurers in the State to reimburse the costs of the HPV vaccination services. PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in Room 229.
SB 2393 – Exempts the Department of Health from the rulemaking process pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, when adopting recommendations from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Requires the department to adopt rules within 90 days. PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 229.
SB 2394 – Requires annual influenza vaccinations for health care workers. Establishes exemptions for influenza vaccination requirement under certain conditions. PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:00 am. in Room 229.
HB 1945 – Requires annual influenza vaccinations for health care workers. Establishes exemptions for influenza vaccination requirement under certain conditions.
HB = House Bill
SB = Senate Bill