Proposed Rule Changes
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, is proposing to permanently amend administrative rules in chapter 333, division 50, relating to school immunization law and chapter 333, division 49, relating to the immunization registry.
These amendments are needed so that:
- The fee for client-level immunization data requests for some categories of authorized user is reduced from $10.00 per record to up to $5.00 per record, as approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislative Assembly with the passage of HB 5026 (Oregon Laws 2017, chapter 545). This change is being made because of technical advances reducing the labor cost of providing records.
- References to immunization registry are updated to Immunization Information System (IIS) and references to manager are updated to program. These changes are being made to document the expanded role of the IIS in the operation of the Oregon Immunization Program’s daily activities.
- Electronic versions of documents and forms related to school immunization recordkeeping and reporting are allowable, in lieu of paper forms. The current rules are unclear in some instances if electronic versions are acceptable, so these rules are necessary to allow electronic recordkeeping and reporting.
- Language is aligned between school immunization rules OAR chapter 333, division 050 and disease control rules OAR chapter 333, division 019 regarding exclusion of susceptible children when there is a case of disease.
- Students 18 and older may complete the hepatitis B immunization requirement using a recently licensed two dose series of hepatitis B vaccine. The current rules are not written to accommodate this newly licensed vaccine, which would force students to receive a third dose, which would result in a conflict between a clinical recommendation and school requirement.
- Language is clarified around vaccine requirements in the Immunization Primary Review Table, OAR 333-050-0120.
You are being invited to review these proposed rules and to comment on them. If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held in Portland, Oregon at 800 NE Oregon St, Room 1D, on October 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018
to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:
OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232
E-mail comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.
Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.
For more details, please see the Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact and the full text of the proposed rules below.
If you have any questions or would prefer a hardcopy be sent, please contact Amanda Timmons at 971-673-0312 or email@example.com, or Stacy de Assis Matthews at 971-673-0528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
House Bill 3276 (passed in 2017)
- Requires insurers to cover treatment and preventive measures when Oregon Health Authority’s public health director declares a disease outbreak, epidemic or other condition of public health importance in a geographic area of Oregon or statewide.
- Required OHA to convene a task force to make recommendations for improvements in student health insurance coverage and preventing the spread of disease during an outbreak, epidemic or other condition of public health importance.
- Read the full report: House Bill 3276 Task Force Report
House Bill 274 (passed in 2017)
- Requires post-secondary institutions that provide housing to provide information on vaccine-preventable diseases to enrolling students.
Immunization Laws and Rules
Oregon laws are defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) determine how those laws are implemented.