New Jersey Statutes > Title 26 > Chapter 5C > § 26:5C-9 - Order of court to disclose record of AIDS, HIV infection
Current as of: 2009
4. a. There is established a Statewide automated and electronic immunization registry, to be designated as the New Jersey Immunization Information System, in the Department of Health and Senior Services. The registry shall be designed to serve as a single repository of immunization records to aid, coordinate and help promote effective and cost-efficient disease screening, prevention and control efforts in the State.
b.A newborn infant in New Jersey, who is born on or after January 1, 1998,shall be enrolled in the registry immediately following birth unless the parent or legal guardian of the infant provides a written request to not participate in the registry.
A child born prior to January 1, 1998 may be enrolled in the registry at the parent's or legal guardian's written request.
c.Access to the information in the registry shall be limited to: health care providers, schools, colleges, licensed child care centers, and public agencies and private organizations as determined by regulation of the commissioner. A registrant, or the registrant's parent or legal guardian if the registrant is a minor, shall have access to the registrant's immunization and other preventive health screening information in the registry.
d.The information contained in the registry shall be used for the following purposes:
(1)to help ensure that registrants receive all recommended immunizations in a timely manner by providing access to the registrants' immunization records;
(2)to help improve immunization rates by providing notice to registrants of overdue or upcoming immunizations; and
(3)to help control communicable diseases by assisting in the identification of persons who require immediate immunization in the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.
e.The authentic immunization and other preventive health screening record of a child, which shall consist of a paper or electronic copy of the registry entry that is a true and accurate representation of the information contained therein, obtained from the registry shall be accepted as a valid immunization and preventive health screening record of the registrant for the purpose of meeting immunization and preventive health screening documentation requirements for admission to a school, college or licensed child care center.
f.A health care provider shall not discriminate in any way against a person solely because the person elects not to participate in the registry.
g.An authorized user granted access as provided in subsection c. of this section shall only access information in the registry on a specific patient or client who is presently receiving services, is under the user's care or is within the applicable governmental health authority's jurisdiction.
h.An agency, organization or other entity authorized to access information in the registry shall not use any report made by a health care provider pursuant to this act in any punitive manner against the provider.
i.The commissioner, in consultation with the Public Health Council, shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to effectuate the purposes of this act, including, but not limited to:
(1)the establishment and maintenance of the registry;
(2)the methods for submitting, and the content of, reports of immunizations to the registry, for which purpose the commissioner shall provide, to the maximum extent practicable, for reporting options to facilitate compliance with the requirements of subsection b. of this section;
(3)procedures for the birth hospital of a newborn infant or health care provider, as applicable, to inform the parent or legal guardian of a newborn infant or minor of the purpose of the registry
Prev | Next
Questions & Answers: Health and Medicine
New Jersey Laws: Health and Medicine
U.S. Code Provisions: Health and Medicine
Federal Regulations: Health and Medicine