Heather A. Steans
Amends the School Code. Removes language exempting children from medical examinations and immunizations on religious grounds. Makes other changes. Amends the College Student Immunization Act. Removes language exempting proof of immunization if specified persons object to immunizations on religious grounds. Amends the Consent by Minors to Health Care Services Act. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a minor who is 14 years of age or older shall have the right to have administered to the minor an adequate dose or doses of an immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot for communicable diseases, regardless of whether the minor's parent or guardian consents to the administration of the immunizing agent, vaccine, or booster shot. Amends the Communicable Disease Prevention Act. Removes language providing that the Act does not apply if a parent or guardian of a child objects to immunization of his or her child for conflicting with his or her religious tenets or practices. Amends the Immunization Data Registry Act. Provides that specified persons shall (currently, may) provide immunization data or provider reports for patients less than 14 (currently, 18). Amends the Adoption Act. Removes language providing that a child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that specified persons failed to vaccinate, delayed vaccination, or refused vaccination for the child due to a waiver on religious grounds. Repeals the Mercury-Free Vaccination Act. Effective July 1, 2022.
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