New Vaccine Law
On May 17, 2023, the Governor signed into law HB1380/SB111 (amendment of Tennessee Code Annotated 63.1) stating that only parents or legal guardians of minors can provide consent for vaccination. As a result, stepparents, foster parents, and caregivers with power of attorney or delegated consent will no longer be able to provide consent for vaccination.
Additionally, some custodial caregivers may be unable to sign based upon wording in court documents. Therefore, it’s necessary that we review all custodial paperwork on file and may request further, or updated, documentation. We truly regret any inconvenience or undue hardship this will cause our families.
If you would like to read more about this law, please visit https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1380&GA=113. If you feel this new law will impede the health care your child receives, we encourage you to reach out to your legislators, whose contact information can be found here: https://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/
As always, we are honored that you have chosen us to provide healthcare for your children.