WEDNESDAY MARCH 13TH 4PM the hearing for H 5541 has been scheduled for Rm 101.
This is the BAD DATABASE BILL that will automatically enroll every RI resident.
We need as many people as possible to show up to this hearing to oppose this bill. Last year it passed on the senate side. This year it is in committee on the house side early in the legislative session. PLEASE attend and bring a friend or two with you. We created a Facebook event also so it is easy to share and invite others on social media. https://www.facebook.com/events/2214858705392691/
When speaking at a legislative hearing you are given 2 minutes to say your testimony. You may also bring written testimony only and not speak if you would prefer. Please bring 23 copies of your statement with H5541 at the top, and your name- address – and phone printed clearly on the documents. The clerk will distribute them to the committee. If you are not able to make it and want us to submit your written testimony on your behalf – please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking Points to consider;
~ RI Dept of Health is exempt from HIPAA regulations. No privacy protection.
~ The database itself plus the personnel salaries to maintain it will inflate our already very large RI budget. When we can barely pay for our state expenses, why are we adding to the tally when there is no actual need for it.
~ Automatically opting residents into a database is unethical. Currently this already happens with the child database in RI, and has no option to opt out of it. This should never be supported in this kind of way. If a database was to even exist, each resident should need to sign up that they wish to participate, and voluntarily take part in it.
~ You want the right to make private and non tracked decisions regarding HPV vaccines for your preteens, if they start tracking adults, do you want them bothering you next with getting the HPV vaccine? It was recently approved for through age 45 by the FDA
~ The language for “opt out” in the bill is not defined, and does not guarantee your file will be deleted upon opting out. The current database for kids does NOT allow the file to be deleted.
~ It would continue forward with insurers and pharmacists on the vaccine recommendation committee, without any citizen parent advocates or even immunologists, on the panel.
~ The last two weeks there were topic hearings in congress about vaccination and removing exemptions for all vaccines (this would mean no longer being able to decide which ones you are okay with or not). Tracking you as an adult also means being able to try to later make adults comply to vaccinations without exemption options, and they will have a database to target you from.
~ The language of the bill allows for no restrictions of what gets tracked. They can add any fields in the future, currently they track if a mother was married when child was born – what does that have to do with health? & who are they to decide this is okay to track?
Petition located at Database.nohpvmandateri.com
You can use and share www.2019.nohpvmandateri.com for writing prewritten emails to the committee. These are short and generic and we encourage you to add to them.
If the mandate of the HPV vaccine has shown us anything from RI Dept of Health, it is that they are not focusing on public health they are focusing on some kind of plan with a goal that is tied to dollars. In 2014 when the HPV vaccine was added to the schedule for 7th graders, the RI Dept of Health received a grant for over $600,000 to market the HPV vaccine. That’s over a half a million tax dollars spent in just this state to market a vaccine that Merck profits from.
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