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A3920 PV

A3920 PV

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Published by: Governor Chris Christie on Jan 18, 2012
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January 17, 2012
 ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 3920(Second Reprint)STATEMENT
I am filing Assembly Bill No. 3920 (Second Reprint) in theDivision of Archives and Records Management without my approval.Under the provisions of Article V, Section I, Paragraph 14of the New Jersey Constitution, this bill, which was passedwithin 10 days preceding the expiration of the secondlegislative year, does not become law because it was not signedprior to noon of the seventh day following such expiration.While in this circumstance there is no provision for the returnof a bill to the Legislature for reconsideration, I believe itis appropriate to express my reasons for not approving thislegislation.This legislation would require hundreds of hospitals,nursing homes, and home health care agencies licensed in NewJersey, to annually administer influenza vaccinations tothousands of individuals employed in health care facilities.The program permits employees to decline vaccination only withproof of a current influenza vaccination from another source, ora signed written statement of declination. Health carefacilities are further required to develop and administereducational programs promoting vaccination, and conductevaluations designed to increase the rate of vaccination amongemployees. Finally, this legislation would require health carefacilities to report to the Department of Health and SeniorServices the number of employees complying with the vaccinationmandate.While I am deeply committed to reducing the spread ofinfluenza and other viruses by continuing to build healthycommunities and promoting preventive medicine, I am concernedwith the proliferation of compelled vaccinations. Mandating by
 
 
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statute the vaccination of thousands of medical employees athundreds of health care facilities is a significant and sweepingchange in health policy that deserves careful scrutiny beforeimplementation.Equally important, I am concerned with the unnecessaryadministrative burdens this legislation would place on thehundreds of hospitals, nursing homes, and home health careagencies that would be required to collect and report data tothe State regarding their respective vaccination programs.Finally, I am skeptical that government should begin monitoringdata concerning voluntary participation in these vaccinationprograms. The specter of such intrusive oversight of personalmedical choices is inconsistent with basic notions of individualdecision making, and should not be lightly adopted as Statepolicy.Accordingly, I have decided to file Assembly Bill No. 3920(Second Reprint) without my approval.Respectfully,/s/ Chris Christie[seal] GovernorAttest:/s/ Kevin M. O’DowdDeputy Chief Counsel to the Governor

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