Oregon Bill Tightening Vaccine Requirements May Get a New Loophole

House Bill 3063 would eliminate non-medical vaccination exemptions for children, but some parents have expressed concerns. Currently, only the Oregon Health Authority can issue medical exemptions.

However, a planned amendment to the bill would permit medical doctors and nurse practitioners to provide schools a note stating a child needs to postpone or not have a particular vaccine. The state Medical Board would be tasked with guarding against abuse of the system by medical professionals. Naturopaths would not be able to provide exemption or postponement notes.

State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland) is planning to offer the amendment. She says, “It’s an effort to address some reasonable concerns raised by some parents.” Steiner Hayward, cited the “cumbersome process” currently in place when a medical exemption is required.