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9/14/2015 Representatives Price and Nardolillo Applaud School Districts’ Resolutions Urging Governor Raimondo to Reverse Mandate for HPV Vaccine
‘We ask all school districts to send Resolutions to the Governor”

STATE HOUSE – “I issued a statement in August calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to reverse their decision that required 7th grade students to be vaccinated against HPV as a condition of attending school,” Representative Justin Price (District 39 – R, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond) said. “The DOH decision to mandate a vaccine against a sexually transmitted virus is inappropriate in the school setting. This vaccine is a decision that should be made between parents and their child’s doctor,” continued Price.

Representative Robert Nardolillo (District 28 – R, Coventry) said, “Here we are a month later and parents across the state have rallied against the DOH decision and as a result school committees have begun to pass resolutions asking Governor Raimondo to reverse this mandate.”

In a show of support, Representatives Price and Nardolillo have sent thank you letters to the Coventry, West Warwick and Little Compton School Committees for passing resolutions urging Governor Raimondo to reverse the Department of Health’s decision to mandate the HPV vaccine for all 7th grade students.

The Representatives have mailed letters to the remaining school committees in Rhode Island requesting that they pass their own resolutions seeking reversal of the Department of Health’s decision.

Representative Price said, “The DOH is authorized by state statute to determine which vaccinations are required for students to attend school in Rhode Island. I would amend that statute to include legislative approval for any new vaccines to be added.”

“We acknowledge that the DOH has since said that no student would be prevented from attending school if he or she is not vaccinated against HPV, clearly as a result of the push-back” added Representative Nardolillo, but, “the mandate still stands and their statement has not been codified, to our knowledge,” said Representative Price.

Parents Against the HPV mandate will be holding an informational event at the Coventry High School on October 2nd at 6:30 PM. Representatives Price and Nardolillo will be speaking at that event. The purpose of the session is to provide parents and all interested parties the opportunity to hear from professionals across the country about the pros and cons of the HPV vaccine.

‘The intent of the gathering is to provide various perspectives so that parents are better equipped to provide ‘informed consent’ or not, for newly mandated vaccines.” said Representative Nardolillo.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Blais, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259