Chief Sponsor: Norman K Thurston

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton


9     General Description:
10          This bill creates the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System program and
11     requires health care providers to exchange information using the program's system.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     creates the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System program;
15          ▸     requires the department to make rules regarding the program; and
16          ▸     requires health care providers to exchange immunization information using the
17     program's system.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     ENACTS:
24          26-6-6.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 26-6-6.5 is enacted to read:

28          26-6-6.5. Utah Statewide Immunization Information System program -- Creation
29     -- Required reporting for health care providers.
30          (1) As used in this section:
31          (a) "Health care provider" means an individual who is licensed under Title 58,
32     Occupations and Professions, whose scope of practice includes administering a vaccination to a
33     patient.
34          (b) "Immunization" or "immunize" means a process through which an individual
35     develops an immunity to a disease, through vaccination or natural exposure to the disease.
36          (c) "Program" means the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System program
37     created in Subsection (2).
38          (d) "System" means the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System database
39     used for storing and exchanging information regarding immunizations in Utah.
40          (e) "Vaccinating" or "vaccination" means the administration of a vaccine.
41          (f) "Vaccine" means the substance licensed for use by the United States Food and Drug
42     Administration that is injected into or otherwise administered to an individual to immunize the
43     individual against a communicable disease.
44          (2) There is created a program within the department known as the Utah Statewide
45     Immunization Information System program.
46          (3) The department shall make rules regarding the program, in accordance with Title
47     63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, to:
48          (a) establish a statewide system to record an immunization given to an individual in
49     order to ensure adequate immunization and to avoid unnecessary immunizations;
50          (b) provide for the sharing of immunization records among authorized persons;
51          (c) allow an individual to withdraw from the system upon request; and
52          (d) establish confidentiality requirements.
53          (4) An individual who violates confidentiality requirements established under
54     Subsection (3)(d) is subject to criminal and civil penalties and liability, in accordance with
55     Section 26-23-6.
56          (5) A health care provider who administers, or causes to be administered, a vaccine to
57     an individual within the state shall:
58          (a) report to the system within 30 days after the day on which the vaccine is

59     administered:
60          (i) demographic information regarding the individual to whom the vaccine is
61     administered;
62          (ii) details regarding the administration of the vaccine;
63          (iii) any available vaccination history in the direct possession of the health care
64     provider for the individual that has not been recorded in the system, including a vaccination
65     given by another health care provider or an individual similarly licensed in another state; and
66          (iv) any other information required by the department through administrative rule made
67     in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act;
68          (b) provide information to the individual, or the individual's parent or guardian,
69     regarding the right to withdraw from the system; and
70          (c) access identifiable patient information in the system only as allowed by the
71     department through administrative rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
72     Administrative Rulemaking Act.

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