Bill Text: NJ S398 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Recognizes right of minors aged 14 years or older to consent to vaccination.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-01-14 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee [S398 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S398-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 398

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2020 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LORETTA WEINBERG

District 37 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Recognizes right of minors aged 14 years or older to consent to vaccination.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning the vaccination of minors 14 years of age or older and supplementing Title 9 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, a minor who is 14 years of age or older shall have the right to have administered thereto, by a licensed health care practitioner or properly authorized pharmacist, an adequate dose or doses of an immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot for poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), or hepatitis B, regardless of whether the minor's parent or guardian consents to the administration of the immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot.  The minor, in such a case, shall be deemed to have the same legal capacity to act, and the same powers and obligations as a person of legal age, and the minor's consent to the administration of an immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot shall be valid and binding as if the minor had attained the age of majority, and shall not be subject to later disaffirmance because of minority. 

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would provide that a minor who is 14 years of age or older has the right to consent to vaccination for certain communicable diseases.  Existing law already authorizes married minors and pregnant minors of any age to consent to their own medical or surgical treatment, and it authorizes minors 17 years of age or older to consent to blood donation.

     The bill provides, in particular, that a minor who is 14 years of age or older has the right to have administered thereto, by a licensed health care practitioner or properly authorized pharmacist, an adequate dose or doses of an immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot for poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), or hepatitis B, regardless of whether the minor's parent or guardian consents to the administration of the immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot.  The minor, in such a case, will have the same legal capacity to act, and the same powers and obligations as a person of legal age, and the minor's consent to the administration of an immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot will be valid and binding as if the minor had attained the age of majority, and will not be subject to later disaffirmance because of minority.  The consent of the minor's parent or guardian, therefore, will not be required.

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