Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 17.19
Immunization in Long Term Care Facilities

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17.19-4

§ 23-17.19-4. Resident immunization.

(a) Notice to resident. Upon admission, the facility shall notify the resident and legal guardian of the immunization requirements of this chapter and request that the resident agree to be immunized against influenza virus and pneumococcal disease.

(b) Records and immunizations. Every facility shall document the annual immunization against influenza virus and immunization against pneumococcal disease for each resident which includes written evidence from a health care provider indicating the date and location the vaccine was administered. Upon finding that a resident is lacking the immunization or the facility or individual is unable to provide documentation that the individual has received the appropriate immunization, the facility shall make available the immunization. Immunization and the documentation of the immunization shall take place no later than November 30 of each year.

(c) Other immunizations. An individual who becomes a resident after November 30 and prior to April 1 of the following year shall have his or her status for influenza and pneumococcal immunization determined by the facility, and, if found to be deficient, the facility shall make available the necessary immunizations.

History of Section.
P.L. 2000, ch. 263, § 1.