SCS/SB 117 - This act requires that all employees and volunteers of certain inspected health care facilities receive an influenza vaccination every year between October 1 and March 1. Employees or volunteers beginning work during the flu season shall be vaccinated within two weeks of commencing work. The Department of Health and Senior Services or the facility shall not be required to pay for these vaccinations. Exemptions may be granted in specified situations.
The Department may request proof of vaccinations or exemptions during the course of any inspection of the facility. Employees and volunteers shall provide such proof or proof of an exemption to the facility within seven days of the Department's request and the facility shall make such proof available to the Department. If less than 95% of employees have provided proof, the facility shall be deemed not in compliance and the Department may choose to request proof of vaccinations or exemptions again within three months. Nothing in this act shall require the Department to conduct an inspection for the sole purpose of determining compliance with vaccination requirements and the Department shall not issue any citation or penalty for failure to comply with the requirements of this act.
The facility shall post a sign with information about the vaccination requirements as specified in this act.
The provisions of this act shall be terminated on August 28, 2023, unless reauthorized.
This act is similar to SB 819 (2016), SB 329 (2015), and HB 1963 (2014).