A new bill would allow pharmacists to administer any vaccine on the childhood recommended schedule to children three years or older.
The current law only allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children 7 years or older, and also requires prescriptions before pharmacists can administer certain vaccines at different ages. H.B. 678 removes the requirement for a prescription and drops the allowable age.
This bill creates significant risks for children. Pharmacists are not qualified to recognize or handle serious adverse reactions, nor are they likely to have full knowledge of patient or family history.
Additionally, there is nothing in this bill that requires the pharmacist to get consent from the parent. What happens if a relative brings the child in for a vaccine against the parent’s wishes?
The bill was heard in the Public Health Committee and left pending. Now is the time to let your Texas state legislators know you OPPOSE H.B 678 and its companion bill S.B. 2136.
Just a few minutes of your time can make a difference.
- Contact your Texas State House Representative and urge him/her to OPPOSE H.B. 678.
- Contact your Texas State Senator and urge him/her to OPPOSE S.B. 2136.
You can look up who represents you: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home
Calls are more effective than emails, and only take a few minutes.
“Hi, my name is ____ and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask Representative (or Senator)____ to oppose H.B. 678 (or S.B. 2136), which would allow pharmacists to vaccinate children three years and older with dozens of vaccines without a prescription.
I oppose this bill because young children need to be in a doctor’s care for medical procedures. Vaccines may have serious side effects, which pharmacists are not qualified to recognize or treat.
As recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court – and evidenced by the $4.4 billion that has been paid by the federal government to victims – vaccines can injure and kill an individual.
It is reckless to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines, especially when they do not have access to a child’s full medical history.
I urge _______ to oppose this bill.”
You may wish to use a couple of the talking points below. Don’t copy all of them – just use them as ideas to help structure your own message.
- When pharmacists are allowed to vaccinate, it diminishes the doctor/patient relationship.
- Federal law recognizes vaccines kill and disable some recipients. These risks depend on a person’s medical history and family history. Pharmacists do not have knowledge of, nor the time to learn about, a person’s medical history. This is dangerous.
- Allowing pharmacists to vaccinate without access to a person’s medical records means that person may receive unintended or duplicate vaccines.
- Vaccine package inserts warn of the risk of brain damage, life-threatening allergy, and death and no one knows in advance whom a vaccine will harm. Pharmacists are not equipped to recognize, nor handle serious adverse reactions.
- The US Supreme Court recognizes vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and to cause injury and death in some recipients. The US government has paid out $4.4 billion to the victims of vaccine injury. Hundreds have reported an adverse reaction to vaccination. Vaccine package inserts warn of the risk of brain damage, life-threatening allergy, and death, additionally, no one knows in advance who will be harmed by a vaccine. It is careless to permit pharmacists to administer a product that carries such risks.
H.B. 678 text, history and status here: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB678
S.B. 2136 text, history and status here: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=SB2136🖨️ Print post