New Proposed California Bill Allows Optometrists to Administer Vaccines – Vaccine Tracking System

-by the National Vaccine Information Center

Your action is needed to OPPOSE California AB 443 Optometry: scope of practice.

If passed as currently written, AB 443 would allow optometrists to administer vaccines for influenza, herpes zoster virus (Shingles), and pneumococcus to adults 18 years of age and older.

AB 443 has already passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon in Room 3191. Please plan to attend.

Is this Bill an Attempt to Get More Californians Entered into a State Vaccine Tracking System?

If AB 443 passes into law as written, it would require optometrists to enter newly administered vaccines and personally identifying information into the state vaccine tracking system, CAIR.

People should have the right to give their “opt-in consent” when their personally identifiable information is being entered into a tracking system and shared with the State and others. They also should have the right to deny or withdraw that consent without penalty.

Under current statute, people are forced to participate in the registry and are only allowed to refuse consent for their information to be shared with other users of CAIR.

Legislators should not be expanding function of a system that violates privacy and informed consent. People should not be confused into thinking this is an opt-out system because it is not.

People cannot opt-out of tracking, just the data sharing with other users of CAIR. The State still retains the records for their purposes.

NVIC opposes forced vaccine tracking.

Please Note: Similar bills have been defeated in previous sessions. NVIC opposed SB-622 Optometry in 2015.

The bill author, optometrist Senator Hernandez, canceled the final hearing.

In 2013, SB-492 Optometrist: practice: licensure, also authored by Senator Hernandez, was met with considerable opposition and died in the Assembly.

Read the full NVIC Alert and get updates here.

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