SB286 SFAT Carmichael 3-17

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            Senator Carmichael moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Committee Substitute for S.B. 286--A Bill to amend and reenact §16-3-4 and §16-3-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating generally to mandatory immunizations; adding required immunizations; requiring immunizations in public, private and parochial school; requiring immunizations in state regulated day care centers; providing medical exemptions from mandatory immunizations for children; allowing for provisional enrollment; requiring parents and guardians to provide a certificate from the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health; providing that certificate be provided before exemption applies; requiring that a request for a medical exemption must be accompanied with a certificate from a licensed physician indicating immunization is medically contraindicated; providing that county health departments shall provide immunizations when families attest they cannot afford them; allowing Commissioner of the Bureau from Public Health to grant, renew, condition, deny, suspend or revoke exemptions when not medically indicated; allowing for the appointment by Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health of an Immunization Officer who must be a physician; allowing for Immunization Officer to make determinations regarding exemptions; providing an for appeal procedure for determinations by the Immunization Officer or the State Health Officer; modifying Immunization Advisory Committee; establishing a chair of the committee; and setting forth ethical limitations for committee members.