Originally published by www.nvicadvocacy.org
OPPOSE CSHB 213 and CSSB 354
- Hit Calls and Emails Hard NOW to your Representative and Senator to VOTE NO ON CS HB 213 and CS SB 354
- Call and Email Governor DeSantis to VETO CSHB 213 and CSSB 354
- JOIN Health Freedom Florida and NVIC together for a 30 minute educational webinar on the history behind these bills and strategy to protect your family on Monday 4/29 at 8:30 p.m. EST Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/77945877260505090
Dear Florida NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
We are in the final days of legislative session and we need YOU to ask your legislators to DEFEAT EXPANSIONS TO IMPLIED CONSENT VACCINE SURVEILLANCE BY THE FLORIDA HEALTH DEPARTMENT!
Do NOT be fooled by recent substitutes or amendments! They do nothing to prevent the unconsented grab of your records by the health department or stop the health department from still tracking refusers by requiring opt-out forms to be sent to them!
WHAT TO SAY:
Vote NO on both registry bills CS HB 213 and CS SB 354 because telling my health care practitioner "NO" does NOT mean NO to surveillance from the Florida health department!
- Opt-Out forms are still required to be submitted to the health department. [CSHB 213 lines 78-79, CSSB 354 lines 71-73]
- Our confidential health records are being data mined by the health department without our consent as both bills allow "the upload of data from existing automated systems."[CSHB 213 lines 123-125 and CSSB 354 115-117]
- Health care practitioners are required by law to report to the registry [CSHB 213 lines 105-109 and CSSB 354 lines 98-102] and their performance vaccinating everyone is being tracked by the department and insurance companies.
- The health department uses birth records from the Office of Vital Statistics to start a registry file without parental consent on children born in Florida. [CSHB 213 lines 65-69 and CSSB 354 lines 55-58]
- Both bills are expanding vaccine tracking from children to adults too. [CSHB 213 lines 112-116 and 120-121 and CSSB 354 lines 98-102 and 113-115]
Instead, health care practitioners should be required to obtain OPT-IN informed consent to tracking and the release of records. This protection is critical in light of many existing abuses of registry data.
The registry is already being used as an enforcement tool to target families not fully vaccinating with calls, letters and even home visits! "Using the Florida Shots Registry, which tracks each resident's vaccinations, clinic staff identified infants and toddlers who were due for, or had missed, vaccinations…For children behind on their immunization series, clinic staff reached out to parents through phone calls, letters, and home visits encouraging them to schedule "catch-up" vaccinations." At what point will this information held by the health department in Florida be used to order forced vaccinations as the Mayor in New York has just done?
The groundwork is already done as the health department has recorded ALL religious exemptions into the registry even if a family has opted out of tracking! "All religious exemptions in Florida as of December 17, 2011 are registered in Florida SHOTS". They use a child's home address information to produce a map of where our children with religious exemptions live in Florida! Maps such as these were released and promoted by the media to fuel the removal of the personal belief exemption in California.
Families who are delaying or declining vaccination are being thrown out of pediatric practices throughout the state as their trade associations have condemned vaccine exemptions and are lobbying for their removal. Due to the registry reporting requirements on health care practitioners under CSHB 213 and CSSB 354, access to care will get worse as doctors who still treat children who aren't fully vaccinated will be under more pressure to deny care. HMO's are already trading records back and forth with the Florida Shots Registry and monitoring the performance of individual doctors on fully vaccinating their patients. "Our data exchange technology allows HMOs to instantly match their records to those already entered in the Florida SHOTS. In turn, any data not already entered in Florida SHOTS will be uploaded and any data not already in the hands of the HMO will be forwarded on." "Data exchange offers a quick, easy way for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to determine immunization coverage levels within participating provider practices."
VOTE NO ON CSHB 213 and CSSB 354! Instead legislators should go back next session and fix this by only allowing a health care provider to release vaccine information to the health department if the patient has willingly given Opt-In informed consent.
WHO TO SAY IT TO:
Call and Email your State Representative and Senator and ask them to VOTE NO ON CS HB 213 and CS SB 354. Visit them in their office this week if you can. If you do not know who your Florida State Representative or State Senator are, or their contact information, you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal, click on the "State Teams" tab and then "My State," and your elected officials are automatically posted on the right hand side of the page. You can also find your Representatives here and Senators here.
Call and Email Governor Ron DeSantis to ask him to VETO CSHB 213 and CSSB 354. (850) 717-9337 or https://www.flgov.com/email-the-governor/.
Please log in to the NVIC Advocacy Portal for history and updates and share this alert by email and from the National Vaccine Information Center's Facebook page.
Please also register for our Webinar "No Should Mean No for Vaccine Surveillance of Florida Citizens! Help DEFEAT CSHB 213 and CSSB 354 on Apr 29, 2019 8:30 PM EDT at:
Join Health Freedom Florida and the National Vaccine Information Center in a 30 minute educational webinar about the history of intrusive implied consent vaccine tracking in Florida and all that you can do to help stop the two bills that allow the health department to still track you and your children to enforce vaccination even if you opt out! The time is now! Legislative session is almost done, and CSHB 213 and CSSB 354 need to be killed! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
NVIC Advocacy Team
National Vaccine Information Center
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