None of these bills propose to remove the decision making power of vaccine mandates from the RI Dept of Health. They make regulation that the RI Dept of Health hold public meetings prior to any mandates of vaccines for school inclusion. Last summer the RI Dept of Health had 5 public meetings and the citizens of RI came out in force to oppose the HPV vaccine mandate; the Dept of Health was not phased by this public outcry and had no intention of reversing the mandate. Though having public hearings is much better then not knowing at all, it does not have the ability to stop of the decisions of the RI Dept of Health and what they may choose to do. With the voting in legislative process of the state house there will be a vote and you and all RI citizens contacting their reps to make the choice of their districts. Though the results could still not be in our favor; RI Dept of Health stated publicly that they mandate all CDC recommended vaccines within 3-5yrs of being added to the CDC recommended schedule. RI Dept of Health has no intention of choosing based on respecting parental rights or informed consent.
We owe a great deal of appreciation to all the legislators that co-signed and helped to bring these bills to be introduced. These representatives and senators are listening to us and what they feel is in the best interest of the citizens in RI. This isn’t over yet, we have a lot of work to do. One step to making a very large impact is meeting your legislators in person. Schedule a meeting with them and discuss in person. You can print and use the RI HPV Info pack to guide you, bring a friend in your district and the two of you meet at one time. Aimee Gardiner (Director of Rhode Islanders against mandated HPV vaccinations) is willing to go to meetings with you if that makes you feel more comfortable. You can call 4014062647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or to request Aimee to attend a meeting with you. In your meeting bring up how you support these bills and having public meetings, but do not want the RI Dept of Health to be able to mandate vaccines without any form of oversight.
Another way to help is via social media. Share the Facebook Page. Join the Online discussion group here. Follow on Twitter. Sign the updated petition too. One of the strongest messages to assist the message on social media is the War Chest fundraising campaign. We are asking $15 donation and tell three friends, and each tells three friends and so on. We appreciate all of your support and thank those that donated recently. Please share the campaign and tag all social media posts with #NOHPVmandateRI
What is a hashtag? What does it accomplish? Hashtags create hyperlinks that can be clicked and bring a conversation together. They work on most all social media sites. Hashtags represent a topic of discussion vs a specific group of people. The #NOHPVmandateRI hashtag has been used widely for approx 7months. Keeping the hashtag used while posting relating to the topic keeps the topic and support growing stronger.
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United We Stand – Divided We Fall. Together as a force of our voice we will make change in RI.