Bill Text: NY A08378 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizes the commissioner of health to develop and supervise the execution of a program of immunization against COVID-19 for purposes of state aid to schools; requires immunization against COVID-19 for attendance at school.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-10-20 - referred to health [A08378 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A08378-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          8378

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    October 20, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health

        AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring immuni-
          zation against COVID-19

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Section 2164 of the public health law, as amended by chap-
     2  ter 401 of the laws of 2015, subdivisions 6 and 7 as amended by  chapter
     3  35 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
     4    §   2164.  Definitions;  immunization  against  poliomyelitis,  mumps,
     5  measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenzae  type  b
     6  (Hib),  pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease,
     7  [and] hepatitis B, and COVID-19.  1. As used in this section, unless the
     8  context requires otherwise:
     9    a. The term "school" means and includes any public, private  or  paro-
    10  chial child caring center, day nursery, day care agency, nursery school,
    11  kindergarten, elementary, intermediate or secondary school.
    12    b. The term "child" shall mean and include any person between the ages
    13  of two months and eighteen years.
    14    c.  The  term  "person in parental relation to a child" shall mean and
    15  include his  father  or  mother,  by  birth  or  adoption,  his  legally
    16  appointed  guardian, or his custodian. A person shall be regarded as the
    17  custodian of a child if he has assumed the charge and care of the  child
    18  because  the  parents  or  legally  appointed guardian of the minor have
    19  died, are imprisoned, are mentally ill, or have  been  committed  to  an
    20  institution,  or  because  they have abandoned or deserted such child or
    21  are living outside the state or their whereabouts are unknown,  or  have
    22  designated the person pursuant to title fifteen-A of article five of the
    23  general obligations law as a person in parental relation to the child.
    24    d.  The term "health practitioner" shall mean any person authorized by
    25  law to administer an immunization.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13054-02-1

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     1    2. a. Every person in parental relation to a child in this state shall
     2  have administered to such child an adequate dose or doses of an immuniz-
     3  ing agent against poliomyelitis, mumps,  measles,  diphtheria,  rubella,
     4  varicella,  Haemophilus  influenzae  type  b  (Hib), pertussis, tetanus,
     5  pneumococcal  disease,  [and] hepatitis B, and COVID-19, which meets the
     6  standards approved by the United States public health service  for  such
     7  biological  products, and which is approved by the department under such
     8  conditions as may be specified by the public health and health  planning
     9  council.
    10    b.  Every person in parental relation to a child in this state born on
    11  or after January first, nineteen hundred ninety-four and entering  sixth
    12  grade  or a comparable age level special education program with an unas-
    13  signed grade on or after September first, two thousand seven, shall have
    14  administered to such child a booster immunization containing  diphtheria
    15  and tetanus toxoids, and an acellular pertussis vaccine, which meets the
    16  standards  approved  by the United States public health service for such
    17  biological products, and which is approved by the department under  such
    18  conditions  as may be specified by the public health and health planning
    19  council.
    20    c. Every person in parental relation to a child in this state entering
    21  or having entered seventh grade and twelfth grade or  a  comparable  age
    22  level  special  education  program  with an unassigned grade on or after
    23  September first, two thousand sixteen, shall have administered  to  such
    24  child an adequate dose or doses of immunizing agents against meningococ-
    25  cal  disease  as  recommended  by the advisory committee on immunization
    26  practices of the centers for disease control and prevention, which meets
    27  the standards approved by the United States public  health  service  for
    28  such  biological products, and which is approved by the department under
    29  such conditions as may be specified by  the  public  health  and  health
    30  planning council.
    31    3.  The  person  in  parental  relation  to any such child who has not
    32  previously received such immunization  shall  present  the  child  to  a
    33  health  practitioner  and request such health practitioner to administer
    34  the  necessary  immunization  against  poliomyelitis,  mumps,   measles,
    35  diphtheria,  Haemophilus  influenzae  type  b (Hib), rubella, varicella,
    36  pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal  disease,  [and]
    37  hepatitis  B,  and  COVID-19,  as  provided  in  subdivision two of this
    38  section.
    39    4. If any person in parental relation to such child is unable  to  pay
    40  for  the  services  of  a private health practitioner, such person shall
    41  present such child to the health officer of  the  county  in  which  the
    42  child  resides,  who  shall then administer the immunizing agent without
    43  charge.
    44    5. The health  practitioner  who  administers  such  immunizing  agent
    45  against  poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, Haemophilus influen-
    46  zae type b (Hib), rubella, varicella, pertussis,  tetanus,  pneumococcal
    47  disease,  meningococcal  disease, [and] hepatitis B, and COVID-19 to any
    48  such child shall give a certificate of such immunization to  the  person
    49  in parental relation to such child.
    50    6.  In  the  event that a person in parental relation to a child makes
    51  application for admission of such child to  a  school  or  has  a  child
    52  attending  school  and  there  exists no certificate or other acceptable
    53  evidence of  the  child's  immunization  against  poliomyelitis,  mumps,
    54  measles,  diphtheria,  rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, teta-
    55  nus, COVID-19, and, where  applicable,  Haemophilus  influenzae  type  b
    56  (Hib),  meningococcal  disease, and pneumococcal disease, the principal,

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     1  teacher, owner or person in charge  of  the  school  shall  inform  such
     2  person of the necessity to have the child immunized, that such immuniza-
     3  tion  may  be administered by any health practitioner, or that the child
     4  may  be  immunized  without  charge  by the health officer in the county
     5  where the child resides, if such person executes a consent therefor.  In
     6  the event that such person does not wish to select a health practitioner
     7  to  administer the immunization, he or she shall be provided with a form
     8  which shall give notice that as a prerequisite to processing the  appli-
     9  cation for admission to, or for continued attendance at, the school such
    10  person  shall  state  a  valid reason for withholding consent or consent
    11  shall be given for immunization to be administered by a  health  officer
    12  in  the public employ, or by a school physician or nurse. The form shall
    13  provide for the execution of a consent by such person and it shall  also
    14  state  that  such  person  need  not execute such consent if subdivision
    15  eight of this section applies to such child.
    16    7. (a) No principal, teacher, owner or person in charge  of  a  school
    17  shall  permit any child to be admitted to such school, or to attend such
    18  school, in excess of fourteen days, without the certificate provided for
    19  in subdivision five of this section or some other acceptable evidence of
    20  the child's immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphthe-
    21  ria, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, COVID-19, and,
    22  where applicable, Haemophilus influenzae  type  b  (Hib),  meningococcal
    23  disease,  and pneumococcal disease; provided, however, such fourteen day
    24  period may be extended to not more than thirty days  for  an  individual
    25  student  by the appropriate principal, teacher, owner or other person in
    26  charge where such student is  transferring  from  out-of-state  or  from
    27  another  country  and  can show a good faith effort to get the necessary
    28  certification or other evidence of immunization  or  where  the  parent,
    29  guardian, or any other person in parental relationship to such child can
    30  demonstrate  that  a  child has received at least the first dose in each
    31  immunization series required by this section  and  has  age  appropriate
    32  appointments  scheduled to complete the immunization series according to
    33  the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  Recommended  Immuniza-
    34  tion Schedules for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years.
    35    (b)  A parent, a guardian or any other person in parental relationship
    36  to a child denied school entrance or attendance may appeal  by  petition
    37  to  the  commissioner  of education in accordance with the provisions of
    38  section three hundred ten of the education law.
    39    8. If any physician licensed to practice medicine in this state certi-
    40  fies that such immunization may be detrimental to a child's health,  the
    41  requirements  of this section shall be inapplicable until such immuniza-
    42  tion is found no longer to be detrimental to the child's health.
    43    8-a. Whenever a child has been  refused  admission  to,  or  continued
    44  attendance  at,  a  school  as provided for in subdivision seven of this
    45  section because there exists no certificate provided for in  subdivision
    46  five of this section or other acceptable evidence of the child's immuni-
    47  zation against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, vari-
    48  cella, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, COVID-19, and, where applicable,
    49  Haemophilus  influenzae type b (Hib), meningococcal disease, and pneumo-
    50  coccal disease, the principal, teacher, owner or person in charge of the
    51  school shall:
    52    a. forward a report of such exclusion and the name and address of such
    53  child to the local health  authority  and  to  the  person  in  parental
    54  relation to the child together with a notification of the responsibility
    55  of  such  person  under  subdivision  two  of this section and a form of
    56  consent as prescribed by regulation of the commissioner, and

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     1    b. provide, with the  cooperation  of  the  appropriate  local  health
     2  authority,  for  a time and place at which an immunizing agent or agents
     3  shall be administered, as required by subdivision two of  this  section,
     4  to a child for whom a consent has been obtained. Upon failure of a local
     5  health authority to cooperate in arranging for a time and place at which
     6  an  immunizing  agent  or  agents  shall  be administered as required by
     7  subdivision two of this section, the commissioner shall arrange for such
     8  administration and may recover the cost thereof from the amount of state
     9  aid to which the local health authority would otherwise be entitled.
    10    10. The commissioner may adopt and  amend  rules  and  regulations  to
    11  effectuate the provisions and purposes of this section.
    12    11.  Every  school  shall  annually provide the commissioner, on forms
    13  provided by the commissioner, a summary regarding  compliance  with  the
    14  provisions of this section.
    15    §  2.  Subdivision  7  of  section  2164  of the public health law, as
    16  amended by chapter 401 of the laws  of  2015,  is  amended  to  read  as
    17  follows:
    18    7.  (a)  No  principal, teacher, owner or person in charge of a school
    19  shall permit any child to be admitted to such school, or to attend  such
    20  school, in excess of fourteen days, without the certificate provided for
    21  in subdivision five of this section or some other acceptable evidence of
    22  the child's immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphthe-
    23  ria, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, COVID-19, and,
    24  where  applicable,  Haemophilus  influenzae  type b (Hib), meningococcal
    25  disease, and pneumococcal disease; provided, however, such fourteen  day
    26  period  may  be  extended to not more than thirty days for an individual
    27  student by the appropriate principal, teacher, owner or other person  in
    28  charge  where  such  student  is  transferring from out-of-state or from
    29  another country and can show a good faith effort to  get  the  necessary
    30  certification or other evidence of immunization.
    31    (b)  A parent, a guardian or any other person in parental relationship
    32  to a child denied school entrance or attendance may appeal  by  petition
    33  to  the  commissioner  of education in accordance with the provisions of
    34  section three hundred ten of the education law.
    35    § 3. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1  of  section  613  of  the  public
    36  health law, as amended by section 24 of part E of chapter 56 of the laws
    37  of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
    38    (a)  The  commissioner  shall develop and supervise the execution of a
    39  program of immunization, surveillance and testing, to raise to the high-
    40  est reasonable level the immunity of the children of the  state  against
    41  communicable  diseases including, but not limited to, influenza, poliom-
    42  yelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenzae type  b  (Hib),
    43  diphtheria,  pertussis, tetanus, COVID-19, varicella, hepatitis B, pneu-
    44  mococcal disease, and the  immunity  of  adults  of  the  state  against
    45  diseases  identified  by  the commissioner, including but not limited to
    46  influenza, smallpox, hepatitis and such other diseases  as  the  commis-
    47  sioner  may  designate through regulation.   Municipalities in the state
    48  shall maintain local programs of immunization to raise the  immunity  of
    49  the  children  and adults of each municipality to the highest reasonable
    50  level, in accordance with an application for state aid submitted by  the
    51  municipality  and  approved  by  the  commissioner.  Such programs shall
    52  include assurance of provision of vaccine, serological testing of  indi-
    53  viduals  and  educational  efforts  to  inform health care providers and
    54  target populations or their parents, if they are minors,  of  the  facts
    55  relative  to  these  diseases  and immunizations to prevent their occur-
    56  rence.

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     1    § 4. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  the  date
     2  upon  which  an  immunizing  agent against COVID-19 for which the United
     3  States Food and Drug Administration has issued a  biologics  license  is
     4  recommended  by  majority vote of the advisory committee on immunization
     5  practices  of  the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; provided
     6  that:
     7    (a) the commissioner of  health  shall  notify  the  legislative  bill
     8  drafting  commission  upon the occurrence of both such approval and such
     9  recommendation in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and
    10  timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state
    11  of New York in furtherance of effectuating the provisions of section  44
    12  of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law; and
    13    (b)  the  amendments  to  subdivision  7 of section 2164 of the public
    14  health law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expi-
    15  ration and reversion of such subdivision pursuant to section 4 of  chap-
    16  ter 35 of the laws of 2019 when upon such date the provisions of section
    17  two of this act shall take effect.
    18    Effective  immediately  the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any
    19  rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act  on  its
    20  effective date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such
    21  date.
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