Vaccine Mandate Strips Doctors of Power to Choose

It was in embedded in the 600 pages proposals that were sprung on legislators at the very last moment.


Dear Editor,

I think we can all agree immunizations are important to protecting the health and well being of our children. However, a recently passed vaccine mandate effectively strips pediatricians of the power to choose where they obtain their vaccines. 

It was in embedded in the 600 pages proposals that were sprung on legislators at the very last moment. Doctors are crying foul. There were no public hearings for lawmakers to evaluate the pediatrician’s thoughts, parental input and insurance company input. This has me concerned. 

By January 1, 2013 all health care providers who administer vaccines to children must receive their vaccines solely from the Department of Public Health.

Currently, vaccines are provided to children through three methods including:

  1. Pediatricians purchase vaccines in the marketplace and insurance companies reimburse the cost.
  2. Children who are uninsured or underinsured or are covered by Medicaid can receive free vaccines through the federal Vaccines for Children program.
  3. Connecticut has a program funded by insurance suppliers to provide additional vaccines to children.

Last year, the Childhood Immunization Task Force was established and tasked with considering whether our state should continue universal childhood immunizations. It was also required to do the following:

  • develop a plan to maintain children’s access to quality immunizations
  • determine how to respond to new federal recommendations for immunizations not currently provided by the DPH
  • allow doctors to select vaccines and have the DPH provide them
  • determine how best to cover these associated costs

According to the task force’s report, there must be further study of the vaccine mandate.

It states that “given the complexity of the issues the task force addressed, as well as the importance of achieving the highest possible rate of childhood immunization in a cost-effective manner, a successor task force or similar body should continue to evaluate and monitor” several issues, including “the conditions and implications of requiring mandatory provider participation in the state childhood immunization program.”

I agree.

Bill July 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The supposition that we all agree that vaccines are needed are not true. Many of us are wary of the plethora of chemicals being pumped into our childrens' bodies, particular at such young ages. There are countless stories of healthy children getting vaccines with horrendous long term brain damage, where the child is never the same. Of course the vaccine makers always claim there was no cause and effect due to the vaccine. And now, under law, one can't even sue them. How convenient. Among the toxic adjuvants in vaccines are aluminum and mercury. Nearly all parents who decide not to vaccine their children raise perfectly healthy children and without the devastating side effects of vaccines.


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