NCSL Releases Vaccine Policy Toolkit


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Denver—States play an important role in determining and enforcing vaccine policies. A newly launched resource by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) aims to provide state policy options related to vaccines, including background information and key considerations for state legislators.

The “Vaccine Policy Toolkit” includes policy options lawmakers may consider in creating effective and equitable immunization programs that address the unique characteristics of their state. It also contains context related to the legislature’s role in vaccine policy, important geographic, demographic and historical considerations, and an overview of the key state and federal partners working on immunization programs.

The toolkit includes five sections:

  1. Introduction to Vaccine Policy for State Legislators.
  2. Routine Child Vaccination.
  3. Flu Vaccination.
  4. Pandemic Vaccination.
  5. Vaccine Messaging and Communication.

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $300,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, the CDC/HHS or the U.S. government.

Access the Vaccine Policy Toolkit.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.