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COMMUNITY IMMUNITY ACT

 

NEW:  The 2018-2019 Immunization Rates Map displays the number of Massachusetts kindergarten and 7th grade programs in which 3% or more of children lack one or more scheduled vaccinations, as well as all the schools that failed to report any immunization data. This map was derived from Massachusetts Department of Public Health data, located here.

In September 2019, Senator Rausch and Leader Paul Donato filed legislation to reduce the threat of serious yet preventable diseases by creating standardized and centralized immunizations requirements and exemption processes for child care centers, all K-12 schools, summer camps, and colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth. The bill makes four structural changes:

1. STANDARDIZE: Authorize DPH to set a standard immunization schedule for all child care centers, K-12 schools, summer camps, and colleges/universities.

 

2. CENTRALIZE: Generate consistency in the immunization exemptions process through consolidation within the Department of Public Health (DPH), relieving individual schools/districts from the burden of managing the process.

 

3. MONITOR: Provide DPH with statutory authority to collect immunization data statewide.

 

4. NOTIFY: Mandate that covered programs notify families whenever they fall below protective rates of herd immunity and provide DPH with the responsibility to conduct outreach to parents and guardians to improve immunization rates.

The Community Immunity Act, including a list of cosponsors.

Press release issued on Oct. 23, 2019 after publishing spatial data on statewide immunization rates.

Data on immunization rates for kindergarten and 7th grade programs in Massachusetts.

Senator Rausch and Leader Donato's op ed in the Boston Globe, published Sept. 4, 2019.