Advocate Stories

The Immunization Partnership is grateful for individuals who selflessly lend a helping hand to our organization in keeping our communities free from vaccine-preventable diseases. These special advocates aid in a range of important aspects that make TIP successful – from influencing legislation to running their own immunization-driven organizations.

Passed Legislation

Find more details about passed legislation.

HB 1256

Relating to access by certain persons to a first responder's immunization history.

Representative Dade Phelan (R-TXH-21), et al.

HB 1418

Relating to disease prevention and preparedness information for emergency medical services personnel on certification or recertification.

Representative Dade Phelan (R-TXH-21)

HB 2171

Relating to information maintained in the immunization registry with the consent of an individual after the individual becomes an adult.

Representative J.D. Sheffield (R-TXH-59), et al.

SB 62

Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 63

Relating to consent to the immunization of certain children.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 64

Relating to a policy on vaccine-preventable diseases for licensed child-care facilities.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

HB 3336

Relating to information regarding pertussis for parents of newborn children.

Representative Garnet Coleman (D-TXH-147)

SB 1107

Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education.

Senator Wendy Davis (D-TXS-10)

HB 448

Relating to requiring the Department of State Health Services to implement a provider choice system for certain vaccines.

Representative Chuck Hopson (D-TXH-11)

HB 1409

Relating to the minimum patient age for administration of an influenza vaccination by a pharmacist.

Representative Chuck Hopson (D-TXH-11)

HB 4189

Relating to the conduct of compliance programs by institutions of higher education and to the vaccination of students of institutions of higher education against bacterial meningitis.

Representative Patrick Rose (D-TXH-45)

SB 291

Relating to hepatitis B vaccination for students enrolled in certain health-related courses of study at an institution of higher education.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 346

Relating to information submitted to and maintained in the immunization registry after an individual becomes an adult.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 347

Relating to the receipt and release of immunization information by the immunization registry in connection with a disaster; providing penalties.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 819

Relating to the minimum patient age for administration of an influenza vaccination by a pharmacist.

Amended onto HB 4189 in the Senate

Senator Wendy Davis (D-TXS-10), et al.

SB 1328

Relating to a study on the feasibility of providing vaccines to first responders deployed to a disaster area.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 1328

Relating to a study on the feasibility of providing vaccines to first responders deployed to a disaster area.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 1409

Relating to the definition of first responder for purposes of the immunization registry.

Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-TXS-29)

HB 1059

Relating to an immunization awareness program in certain school districts.

Representative Tan Parker (R-TXH-63), et al.

HB 1098

Relating to immunization against human papillomavirus.

Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-TXH-25), et al.

HB 3184

Relating to educating parents about the benefits of immunizing certain children against influenza.

Representative Garnet Coleman (D-TXH-147)

SB 11

Relating to homeland security and protection of the public, including protections against human trafficking; providing penalties.

Senator John Carona (R-TXS-16)

SB 140

Relating to a study of the feasibility of providing immunizations to certain students enrolled in health professional degree programs.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 204

Relating to certain electronic medical records systems.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-TXS-12)

SB 811

Relating to requiring the Department of State Health Services to allow health care providers to use certain vaccines in the vaccines for children program and to the procurement of those vaccines.

Senator Kyle Janek (R-TXS-17)

Advocate Activities

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Stakeholder Meetings

TIP invited immunization stakeholders to attend town hall meetings throughout the state. Stakeholders learn about the current immunization policy landscape in Texas and share successes and challenges to maintaining and improving immunization rates. Information gathered from these meetings help develop upcoming legislative priorities.

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Immunization Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol

On 2 April 2019, TIP and our Immunize Texas grassroots supporters held the largest Immunization Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol in the history of the organization with close to 300 supporters in attendance. Immunization Advocacy Day offered an opportunity to demonstrate to lawmakers a strong representation of immunization supporters from across the state.

Immunize Texas

Immunize Texas is a grassroots network of parents, friends, and community members dedicated to promoting immunization in Texas and keeping our communities protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. We know vaccines protect Texans and a healthy Texas is a safe Texas. Immunize Texas not only works towards educating the public about the benefits of vaccines and their importance to the health and safety of our society, but also supports science-based immunization policies and legislation. Find out how you can get involved and help support our grassroots program at www.immunizeTX.com.

Take Action

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Got 5 minutes?

  • Learn the legislative process.
  • Find out who represents you at: capitol.texas.gov
  • Phone your legislator asking them for their support on pro immunization issues- POLITICS ARE LOCAL and phone calls take 90 seconds!
  • Tweet your support for immunizations to your state legislators.
  • Post positive messages of support on your state legislator’s social media page.
  • Share fact-based information and articles on your social media platform.
  • Encourage friends and family to share with their networks.
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Got 10 minutes?

  • Send an email or letter to your legislator asking them for your support on immunization issues (e.g., exemption transparency, registry opt-out).
  • Go to capitol.texas.gov for easy to use legislative portal.
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Got more time?

  • Visit legislators in district and Capitol offices.
  • Organize a letter writing campaign with friends.
  • Write an op-ed for your local newspaper.
  • Host meet and greets or house meetings with fellow vaccine supporters.
  • Create small networks to make group visits to legislators.