EXCLUSIVE: Nikki Haley called for vaccination registry of children in South Carolina when she was state rep

"All persons required to be immunized pursuant to Section 44-29-180 must be enrolled on the registry unless a specific exemption is requested..."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY

When Nikki Haley was a state representative in South Carolina, she proposed a bill during the 2005-2006 legislative session that would have created an "immunization registry" for children in the state.

Haley proposed "the following Amendment," the record reads, striking out the words "shall have" and replacing them with the more definitive "has."

"The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall have has general direction and supervision of vaccination, screening, and immunization in this State in regard to contagious diseases, and the department is authorized to establish an immunization registry. All persons required to be immunized pursuant to Section 44-29-180 must be enrolled on the registry unless a specific exemption is requested by the person or the person's parent or guardian if the person is eighteen years of age or younger."

"The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall have the authority to may promulgate rules and regulations concerning vaccination, screening, and immunization requirements, including reporting requirements for an immunization registry."

The another section of law regarding immunization for students, Haley proposed to add regulations requiring schools to recommend immunization for students over the age of 19, called the "Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, United States," per the US Department of Health and the CDC.

The proposed bill further said that "The educational institution may require certain or all recommended vaccinations as part of its admission policy. However, the institution's admission policy must allow an exemption from required vaccinations due to a medical contraindication or religious practice."

In 2007, Haley supported the requiring of the controversial HPV vaccine for girls in the state of South Carolina. It did not allow parents to opt out of the innoculation. When others in her party removed their names from the bill, Haley did not, though she later voted against the bill due to the lack of the opt-out provision.

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