UPDATE: Pharmacists Administer Vaccines Companion Bills SB355 HB530 are withdrawn

UPDATE 3/2/2020: SB355/HB530 HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN!

Thank you members – your activism has made a difference!

 

CALL TO ACTION: MONDAY 1/27/2020

Companion bills SB355 and HB530 dropped on Friday 1/24/2020:

Health Occupations – Pharmacists – Administration of Vaccinations

 

The sponsors of these bills need to hear our voices now!

 

SB355 and HB530 authorize pharmacists to administer vaccines to children as young as 9 years old. It is unacceptable and inappropriate for pharmacists to administer vaccines to children without taking complete medical histories or giving fully informed consent.

 

Talking points to include, paraphrased in your own words, in your email and phone call:

  • Administering vaccines to children is entirely different than administering vaccines to adults. The CDC recommends 72 doses of vaccines for children aged newborn to 18 years; considering a pediatric patient’s complete medical history and full vaccination record is crucial to providing both fully informed consent and safe administration of any vaccine on the recommended schedule for children.
  • Caretakers may accompany children to a pharmacy counter without knowing their complete medical history or potential risk factors associated with each vaccine on the CDC recommended schedule for children aged 9-18. It’s inappropriate and unsafe for pharmacists to administer vaccines to children without the information necessary to make safe medical decisions and administer fully informed consent.
  • Pharmacists are not fully trained to acquire and assess the detailed medical history of each child who requests a vaccine; nor do they have adequate time or resources to ensure that the adult accompanying the child is the child’s proper guardian and fully aware of both the child’s medical history and the potential risks and potential adverse reactions associated with the vaccines recommended for children aged 9-18.
  • Pharmacists are not equipped nor trained to recognize and respond to an immediate adverse reaction, should one occur immediately following a vaccination. Incidence of adverse reactions such as fainting are particularly high immediately following administration of the Gardasil vaccine, which is given to children in this age range.
  • Over 50% of children in the U.S., including Maryland, have a serious chronic health condition. One in sixty children in Maryland (2%) and 1 in 37 boys (3%) are on the autism spectrum. One in six children in the U.S. has a developmental disability and that number is rising. Pharmacists administering vaccines to young children may not recognize these disabilities in high functioning children with special needs, and may not properly assess the risks and potential adverse reactions associated with vaccines recommended for children in this age range. Caretakers who accompany children to a pharmacy counter may not be aware of children’s complete medical history or potential risk factors for receiving vaccines recommended for them.

 

The sponsors of these bills must hear from us today!

 

SB355:

Senator Malcolm Augustine

Senator Brian Feldman

 

HB530:

Delegate Ariana B. Kelly

Delegate Susan Krebs

Delegate Robbyn Lewis

Delegate Emily Shetty

 

Copy and paste these email addresses and add to the BCC section of the email:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],

 

Call the offices of these sponsors:

 

Senator                            Phone Number

Augustine, Malcolm               410-841-3745 | 301-858-3745

Feldman, Brian J.                    410-841-3169 | 301-858-3169

 

Delegate                          Phone Number

Kelly, Ariana B.                        410-841-3642 | 301-858-3642

Krebs, Susan W.                      410-841-3200 | 301-858-3200

Lewis, Robbyn                         410-841-3772 | 301-858-3772

Shetty, Emily                            410-841-3181 | 301-858-3181

 

 

Please spread the word! Let’s flood the sponsors of these bills with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. They need to hear our voices!

 

Recent Calls to Action:

1/22/2020: Contact Finance Committee

1/13/2020: Contact HGO Committee

1/13/2020: Contact Sponsor of HB87 Minor Consent Bill

1/13/2020: Contact Sponsor of SB135 Minor Consent Bill

 

 

2 Thoughts on “UPDATE: Pharmacists Administer Vaccines Companion Bills SB355 HB530 are withdrawn

  1. Where is states “Companion bills SB355 and HB530 dropped on Friday 1/24/2020” does that mean that these bills were cancelled and people no longer need to reach out to these representatives?

    1. Sorry that language is confusing! That means the bills were “dropped” into the public record and they are still active. You can click on the bill number in the body of the article to follow the link to the official webpage of each bill, showing its progress.

      Please contact the sponsors of these bills if you haven’t already and let them know why they should withdraw their support immediately! Thanks so much for your interest!

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