OPPOSE HB 213 Expanded Vaccine Tracking Hearing Tuesday March 19th in Tallahassee Action Needed Now

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  2. GET TO THE Hearing in Tallahassee Tuesday, 3/19 at 12:00 p.m. in Summer Hall (room 404 in the House Office Building) in the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Testify and Register Opposition
  3. Mark Calendars and Attend NVIC's NO TRACKING THURSDAY Legislative Advocacy Training and Capitol Visitor Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Thursday March 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dear Florida NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

We need your help to defeat a terrible bill, HB 213 sponsored by Representative Ralph Massullo, M.D, which expands the intrusive Florida SHOTS vaccine tracking system. 

If you care about your family not being tracked in a government coercive vaccine surveillance and enforcement system, please get to Tallahassee to the state capitol this Tuesday and Thursday! We need as many families as possible to make the commitment to come for two important events.

HB 213 has moved forward and is scheduled for a hearing in the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on 3/19/2019 at 12:00 PM in Summer Hall (room 404 House Office Building) and we need you there to Testify and Register Opposition.

HB 213 passed the Health Quality Subcommittee on 3/5 with a vote of 14:0. It has similarities to SB 354 which passed in the Senate Health Policy Committee on 2/19/2019 and has now moved to the Senate Education Committee and will require more opposition soon. 

You can scroll down to see action items and major talking points to OPPOSE HB 213 in your opposition to your legislators.

Additionally, The National Vaccine Information Center is inviting you to join us in Tallahassee at the Florida Capitol on Thursday March 21st, 2019 for an advocacy training session from 9-10:30 a.m. and capitol visitor lobby day at 11:00 a.m. to educate legislators! This event will be led by NVIC Director of Advocacy Dawn Richardson and Florida State Director Toni Krehel. 

The training session and educational materials are free, but we require advanced registration since seating is limited. First come first served. Please see details and registration information posted on the NVIC Advocacy Portal here to register before Wednesday 3/20 at 5:00 p.m. or when spaces fill, whichever happens first. After you register, you will be sent your confirmation email with specific details like locations, parking information, and other important instructions.


1) Call the primary sponsor of HB 213, Representative Ralph Massullo, MD, at (850) 717-5034 and ask him to pull his bill down. Tell him Floridians don't want government tracking of private law abiding citizens! Opting out still puts you in the registry as a refuser! This is not a system that should be expanded.

2) Call AND email all the members of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommitteeand ask them to VOTE NO on HB 213. 

Explain why defeating this bill is important to your family. If you have a vaccine reaction, harassment or discrimination story which supports why you are opposed to centralized government tracking, especially in a system that tracks refusers, please personalize your emails with this if you can. You can the additional talking points below in your emails. (Emails may be sent by copying and pasting the list of emails below into your "to" field of your email program.

Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee

Representative MaryLynn "ML" Magar (R) (chair): (850) 717-5082
Cary Pigman (R) (vice chair): (850) 717-5055
Nicholas X Duran (D): (850) 717-5112 
Loranne Ausley (D): (850) 717-5009 
Erin Grall (R): (850) 717-5054 
James "J.W." Grant (R): (850) 717-5064 
Michael "Mike" Grieco (D): (850) 717-5113 
Shevrin D. "Shev" Jones (D): (850) 717-5101 
Rene "Coach P" Plasencia (R): (850) 717-5050 
Spencer Roach (R): (850) 717-5079 
Bob Rommel (R): (850) 717-5106 
Jackie Toledo (R): (850) 717-5060


3) Plan on attending the hearing for HB 213 in the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on 3/19/2019 at 12:00 PM in Summer Hall (room 404 House Office Building). Hearing Notice

Florida's Capitol Complex
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Parking Map (pick parking close to House Office Building in the Capitol Complex)

You will need to fill out a Committee/Subcommittee Appearance Record to be able to testify against the bill or register your opposition on the record. Click HERE, Select Agenda Item "HB 213: Immunization Registry", and either select "Opponent" and "I Wish to Speak" if you are giving oral testimony or "Waive in Opposition" if you are attending and want to register opposition without speaking.

Wear business attire and please be polite and respectful. Prepare a 2 minute personalized statement to read (practice and make sure your statement can be conveyed in 2 minutes) and include personal vaccine reaction, harassment or discrimination stories which supports why you are opposed to centralized government tracking.

4) Call or Visit your Florida Representative and Senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 213. Follow up with an email.

If you do not know who your Florida State Senator or State Representative 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 http://NVICAdvocacy.org. You can also find your state legislators here: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx and https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

5) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal OFTEN to check for updates. http://NVICAdvocacy.org. We review bills and make updates daily. Bills can change many times over the legislative process and your timely visits, calls, and emails directed at the correct legislators are critical to this process. 

6) Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal at http://NVICAdvocacy.org and share their concerns with their legislators as well. If you wish to share this alert on social media, go to the notes on the National Vaccine Information Center's Facebook page and share it from there.

7) Please forward any legislative responses you receive to our Florida State Director Toni at FLDirector@NVICAdvocacy.org.


HB 213 needs to be opposed because:

1) HB 213 requires reporting by all vaccine administrators [lines 85-92] including tracking in the registry of refusal to participate [lines 67-69] rather than leaving reporting optional as in current statute [lines 106-110].

2) HB 213 expands the registry from a childhood registry into an adult vaccine tracking registry by requiring the reporting of adult college and university students aged 19-23 [lines 92-98] or requiring tracking refusal to participate in the registry [lines 98-100 and lines 76-78].

3) HB 213 exposes private vaccination and personal identifying records to collection and abuse by allowing automated data to be uploaded from "existing automated systems," [103-105] and making all the records in the registry "available" to permitted users and deleting current statute which requires the direct transfer from the registry to a user as needed [lines 79-84].

4) HB 213 requires tracking of everyone from birth to 23 years old!

Do not be fooled by anyone claiming children or college students can opt-out of being tracked under this bill. This is simply not true. While the bill states that "vaccination data" may be submitted "only if the student consents to inclusion" [lines 100-103], current statute for children [lines 67-69] and the expansion in the bill for college students [lines 76-78] require that "The decision not to participate in the immunization registry must be noted in the registry."

If HB 213 passes, everyone single person from birth to 23 will be tracked in this intrusive Florida vaccine enforcement and surveillance system either with their vaccination records or marked as a vaccine tracking refuser! There is no opting out of some kind of tracking in this system.

5) The health department prevents anyone who has a vaccine record entered into the state's vaccine tracking system from having it removed even if they withdraw their consent to being tracked, and now this trapping of vaccine records will happen to college students too. The statute should prohibit this behavior. 

Florida SHOTS openly admits on their Frequently Asked Questions "What records are included in Florida SHOTS" that you can never have your records removed from being tracked by the state once they have them. It says, "Florida is an opt-out state. If a parent chooses to opt out of Florida SHOTS, his or her child's record will continue to be in the registry, but it will not be accessible to anyone but the child's current doctor." 

The Florida SHOTS vaccine tracking system should be called the "Hotel California" Tracking System, because "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!" 

Even the House Staff Analysis documents the health department's willful snubbing of the law. "Section 381.003(1)(e)2., F.S., authorizes a parent or guardian to elect to exclude his or her child's immunization record from SHOTS by submitting a DOH-approved opt-out form. However, in practice, by rule, DOH does not allow a parent to exclude a child's data from SHOTS. Instead DOH prevents a child's immunization record from being automatically shared with preschools, schools, childcare facilities, and family daycare homes." While it notes the health department has done a one-time dump of some of this data, the problem is not solved for the future and the statute should be changed to prohibit the health department from entering or keeping anybody's immunization information or consent status in the registry unless they have OPT-IN written consent. If that isn't fixed, the registry should be shut down.

6) Forced inclusion and data retention in the current system is unconstitutional and HB 213 expands the registry's intrusive reach even further. 

Section 23 of the Florida Constitution, guarantees every resident of Florida the Right of Privacy: "Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person's private life except as otherwise provided herein." Permanent tracking against consent or being labeled by the state in a government database as a vaccine tracking refuser sounds a lot like government intrusion into their private life.

While vaccine tracking systems are sometimes used to harass or penalize law abiding citizens who do not get every single vaccine on the CDC recommended schedule, or to punish providers who don't coerce all their patients into vaccinating, the opposition to this bill is not about whether or not someone wants a vaccine, it is about the right to keep your private records actually private free from unwarranted surveillance and it is about what is appropriate behavior by a state agency to not trample those rights.

7) Similar bills already failed to pass last session, (CS/CS/HB 1045, CS/CS/HB 1047, CS/CS/SB 1680). 


NVIC Advocacy Team
National Vaccine Information Center
http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org

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