2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:13-23 - New Jersey Vaccine Education and Prioritization Plan.
26:13-23 New Jersey Vaccine Education and Prioritization Plan.
23. a. The commissioner shall develop and implement a New Jersey Vaccine Education and Prioritization Plan, as provided in subsection b. of this section, when the commissioner determines that: (1) an emergent condition exists and there is clear evidence that adverse and avoidable health outcomes from a preventable and acute communicable disease are expected to affect identifiable categories of high-risk individuals throughout the State; and (2) in order to protect or treat such individuals, assistance with the administration of vaccine is warranted due to a vaccine shortage.
b.To protect the public health during a vaccine shortage, the commissioner shall issue an order to implement a New Jersey Vaccine Education and Prioritization Plan, which shall comprise:
(1)procedures for the assessment of available vaccine Statewide;
(2)procedures for the distribution and administration of vaccines that shall apply to physicians, nurses, health care facilities, pharmacies and others that dispense vaccines. The procedures shall include, but not be limited to, a definition of high-risk groups for priority protection or treatment in the event a vaccine shortage is imminent or existent; and
(3)procedures for: (a) mobilizing public and private health resources to assist in vaccine distribution and administration; and
(b)reallocating available supplies of vaccine to most effectively meet the needs of the State's high-risk groups, if necessary.
c.As used in this section, "vaccine" includes vaccines, immune products and chemoprophylactic and treatment medications.
d.A person who willfully or knowingly violates the New Jersey Vaccine Education and Prioritization Plan or any procedures contained therein shall be liable for a civil penalty of $500 for each violation. The penalty shall be sued for and collected by the commissioner in a summary proceeding before the Superior Court pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).
e.The commissioner shall notify the appropriate professional or occupational licensing board or licensing authority, in the case of a facility, of repeated violations of the procedures by a health care professional or licensed facility.
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