This toolkit is designed to equip members of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) and their staff with the tools and information necessary to appropriately and effectively engage with elected officials. You’ll find a selection of immunization program activities and strategies for appropriately and effectively promoting sound immunization policies.

Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide

Legislators at the federal and state levels have enormous influence on policies and programs administered by state and local immunization program (IP) managers. By engaging with elected officials, IP managers support program efforts to rid the nation of vaccine-preventable diseases, ensure adequate resources for programs, and promote sound immunization policies.

Public health officials are often surprised to learn that many elected officials and their staff want to hear from immunization programs. Program managers and staff are the experts on immunization programs and can uniquely demonstrate the extraordinary value of the scarce public resources allocated to immunization programs.

Program managers are the best advocates for what the programs they lead need to be effective. If policymakers don’t hear from immunization programs, it’s possible they may only hear from those who are opposed to what they do.

That’s why it’s imperative for immunization program managers to engage in the policy process in an ethically responsible manner. The three chapters of this resource guide provide insight into how to do this. You can download a PDF of the whole guide, or each individual chapter.

Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide: Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Advocacy Rules and the Legislative Process

AIM policy toolkit chapter 1: advocacy rules and the legislative process

Legislators at the federal and state levels have enormous influence on policies and programs administered by state and local immunization program managers. By engaging with elected officials, immunization program managers support program efforts to rid the nation of vaccine-preventable diseases, ensure adequate resources for programs, and promote sound immunization policies.

Chapter 1 of the Immunization Program Policy Guide covers the basics of program policy, including how to distinguish among education, advocacy, and lobbying, an overview of the relevant rules and regulations to ensure appropriate engagement, and fundamental information about the legislative process to guide effective action.

Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: The Public Policy Landscape and Key Partners

AIM policy toolkit chapter 2: the public policy landscape and key partners

To maximize your effectiveness as a proponent for sound immunization policy, it helps to make periodic assessments of the policy landscape in your state or jurisdiction. Understanding key players’ roles and building relationships with them will allow you to anticipate, as well as shape, agendas where appropriate.

Chapter 2 of the Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide discusses the key players that shape the immunization policy landscape in your state, highlights the benefits of partnering with these key players, and offers suggestions for building effective relationships with them.

Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide: Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Effective Strategies for Educating Policymakers

AIM policy toolkit chapter 3: effective strategies for educating policymakers

Effective education utilizes a range of tools to shape public debate and inform sound policy. Chapter 3 of the Immunization Program Policy Guide highlights several effective approaches to educating the public and policymakers, including developing outreach plans, building personal relationships, and working with the media to deliver compelling messages. Engaging coalition partners, anticipating opposition, and planning to evaluate are also covered.

Immunization program managers share key insights, lessons learned and steps for appropriately and effectively promoting sound immunization policies.

Preparing for the 2021 Legislative Session

On January 14, 2021, this webinar provided a legislative update, tips for managing the 2021 legislative session, and a background on mandates.

Advocacy Rules and the Legislative Process Webinar

On September 17, 2019 the webinar covered the difference between education, advocacy, and lobbying, relevant rules and regulations, and fundamentals of the legislative process. Program managers Ron Balajadia (HI) and Tonya Philbrick (ME) joined the webinar to share their perspectives.

Mandates

National Academy for State Health Partnership Map

Visit NASHP’s interactive map of states that are taking action on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports.

State/Federal Authority to Mandate COVID Vaccine

Report from the Congressional Research Service on State and Federal Authority to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination

Daycare & School Requirements

Back to School/Catch-Up Immunization Webinar

AIM hosted a Back to School/Catch-Up Immunization webinar with partners from CDC, Unity Consortium, National Association of School Nurses (NASN),…

ND Testimony on House Bill 1320

Testimony from the ND IP on the importance of childcare, school, and university immunization requirements.

Exemptions

National Academy for State Health Partnership Map

Visit NASHP’s interactive map of states that are taking action on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports.

CT Legislator Questions about Exemptions

On February 19, 2020, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Health Committee held a hearing on House Bill 5044, which would…

General COVID-19

National Academy for State Health Partnership Map

Visit NASHP’s interactive map of states that are taking action on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports.

Working Together to Navigate the Legislative Environment and Address Misinformation: A Tip Sheet for Immunization Programs and PIOs

AIM and NPHIC developed a tip sheet to help immunization programs managers and public information officers collaborate effectively.

Parental/Minor Consent

AMA Model Legislation for “Mature Minor” Consent

AMA discussion of implications of immunization policy regarding patient, parent, and physician relationships and informed consent. Furthermore, this document discusses…

Informed Consent/Education

Rhode Island House Bill 6015

The bill would require immunization informed consent forms to include information on the vaccine’s manufacturing details, potential adverse reactions, vaccine…

OR Testimony on Senate Bill 869

2017 Testimony from OR IP on Senate Bill 869, which requires providers to distribute the VIS, explain vaccine risks and…

Immunization Information Systems

Medicaid and Immunization Programs Collaboration Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to equip state Medicaid and immunization programs (IPs) with resources to help facilitate and support their goals.

How Can Reminder/Recall Improve COVID-19 Vaccination Rates?

This resource provides helpful tips for immunization programs to implement Reminder/Recall efforts in their jurisdictions.

Pharmacy

Oregon: Evaluating the Impact of a New Pharmacist Vaccination Law

The Oregon Immunization Program evaluated the impact of a change in Oregon pharmacy law on adolescent influenza vaccination.

Nevada: Enrolling Pharmacies in the VFC Program

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Service Immunization Program enrolled pharmacies in the VFC program in response to new…

Vaccine Ingredients

HHS Fact Sheet on Vaccine Ingredients

Vaccine ingredient facts from a federal government Website managed by the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department…

ND Vaccine Facts for the Legislature

This document was created by the North Dakota Immunization Program for legislators with facts about vaccines. It covers a wide…

Safety & Effectiveness

Aluminum Adjuvants Talking Points

Vaccines include ingredients to help them do their work. Each ingredient used to make a vaccine has a specific purpose. Certain ingredients, just like preservatives in foods, help keep vaccines safe from contamination and toxins that could make us sick.

COVID-19 Vaccines: From the Lab to Your Arm

This iREACH infographic illustrates the process of how vaccines are developed, giving insight into the entire vaccine process.

Investments in Immunization

Summary: The Value of Vaccines Report

Notes from AIM staff on the Value of Vaccines report which summarizes recent evidence demonstrating how vaccines provide incredible value…

ROI Brief – The Value of Vaccine Programs

Digestible brief from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the International Vaccine Access Center on new return on…

Other

AIM Legislative Alert: Final FY 2023 Budget

On December 20, 2022, Congress released a final FY 2023 spending bill that includes a $31 million increase for the CDC’s Section 317 Immunization Program.

Bolder Advocacy Resource Library

Bolder Advocacy offers a virtual library for nonprofits that features state-specific resources on rules related to lobbying and advocacy.

Connecting the Dots

AIM’s Legislative Connecting the Dots highlights the latest legislative resources, toolkits, talking points, and more. Explore these key tools and resources to effectively engage with elected officials during the legislative session.

Policy Summary

AIM’s Policy Summaries are weekly recaps on legislation being introduced, in action, and that has passed. 

AIM Policy Summary: August 5, 2022

Activity has slowed as remaining legislative sessions come to a close. Through the summer, AIM staff will compile new or moving legislation in jurisdictions.

AIM Policy Summary: July 22, 2022

Despite season lateness, legislatures are enacting immunization-related legislation. Read up on the latest legislation in jurisdictions compiled by AIM staff.

AIM Policy Summary: July 1, 2022

Read up on the latest news around fast-moving legislation in jurisdictions around the US compiled by the AIM staff.

Legislative Roundup

AIM’s Legislative Round-Ups are bi-weekly recaps on immunization-related legislation.

AIM Legislative Round-Up: May 27, 2022

Read AIM's Legislative Round-Up of all the latest immunization-related legislation items for the week.

AIM Legislative Round-Up: May 13, 2022

Legislatures adjourned in many states & 19 states remain in session. Read AIM's Legislative Round-Up for the latest immunization-related legislation items.

AIM Legislative Round-Up: April 29, 2022

Policy on paid sick leave for vaccination appointments in 2 states. Read AIM's Legislative Round-Up of all the latest immunization-related legislation items.

Legislative Tips in Two

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For More Information

Need help with activities related to upcoming legislation? Contact AIM Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer Brent Ewig.

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