Options for Opting Out
For adults age 18 years and older
Adults age 18 years and older have the right to request that their record be either sealed, so authorized users cannot access it, or purged from the information system altogether. Records that are sealed can later be unsealed by the patient and they can be used in the case of a declared public health emergency. Purged records are deleted from the system. Purged information cannot be recovered.
Adult Opt Out Form (pdf)
For children under 18 years of age
Children’s records may be sealed only in specific circumstances as specified by Oregon law. Parents or legal guardians must provide documentation of their child’s circumstances. Upon approval, the record will be sealed until the child reaches 18 years of age. At that point, the adult may request that their record be unsealed or with no action, the record will continue to be sealed.
Oregon law allows a child’s record to be sealed when:
- The child has a disease or condition that precludes administration of some or all vaccines; or,
- Concern exists that a third party could use the information in the record to locate the child, or other family members who reside with the child, and the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes there is a risk of harm if they are located.
The law requires that the request for sealing the child’s record be accompanied by a statement and evidence that supports the request. This evidence may include: 1) copies of police reports, restraining orders or other legal documents pertaining to the need for physical protection; or, 2) a licensed physician’s statement indicating a specific medical diagnosis that precludes immunization with some or all vaccine antigens.
Child Opt Out Form (pdf)