§ 23-76-3. Protection of public.
The director of the department of health shall develop and adopt by rule and regulation a plan to protect the public health during a vaccine shortage by:
(1) Establishing guidelines for physicians, nurses, hospitals, health systems, pharmacies and others that hold vaccines for the distribution and administration of vaccines. The guidelines shall include, but are not limited to, a definition of high-risk groups for priority protection or treatment in the event a vaccine shortage is imminent;
(2) Implementing rules for imposing a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) against persons who knowingly violate the guidelines for each repeat violation of the guidelines;
(3) Mobilizing public and private health resources to assist in vaccine distribution and administration; and
(4) Notifying health professional regulatory boards and licensing authorities of repeated violations of the guidelines by health professionals regulated by the department of health.
(P.L. 2002, ch. 172, § 1.)