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State Immunization Laws for Healthcare
Workers and Patients

Immunization Administration Requirements
For State: KY

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Patient Type Vaccine Requirement
Hospital Employees  Hepatitis B[1] No 
  Influenza[2] No 
  MMR[3] No 
  Varicella[4] No 
  Pneumococcal[5] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[6] No 
Hospital Inpatients  Influenza[7] No 
  Pneumococcal[8] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[9] No 
Individual Providers' Patients  Any Immunization[10] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[11] No 
Ambulatory Care Facilities Employees  Any Immunization[12] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[13] No 
Ambulatory Care Facilities Patients  Any Immunization[14] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[15] No 
Correctional Inmates and Residents  Any Immunization[16] Ensure[105]
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[17] Yes – (M)[106] & (R)[107]
Developmentally Disabled Facility Residents  Any Immunization[18] Ensure[108]
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[19] Yes – (M)[109] & (R)[110]
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[1] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer hepatitis B vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine?

[2] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer influenza vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with influenza vaccine?

[3] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine (or any component thereof) to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with MMR vaccine?

[4] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer varicella vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with varicella vaccine?

[5] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?  Top of Page

[6] If any hospitals are required to ensure that any hospital employees are vaccinated with hepatitis B, influenza, MMR, varicella or pneumococcal vaccine, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[7] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer any inpatients of the hospital influenza vaccine, or ensure that any inpatients are vaccinated with influenza vaccine?

[8] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer any inpatients of the hospital pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, or ensure that any inpatients are vaccinated with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?

[9] If any hospitals are required to ensure that any hospital inpatients are vaccinated with influenza or pneumococcal vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[10] Does the jurisdiction require that any individual healthcare providers offer any vaccinations to any patients, or ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[11] If any individual providers are required to ensure that any of their patients are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[12] Does the jurisdiction require that any ambulatory care facilities offer any vaccinations to any employees, or ensure that any employees are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[13] If any ambulatory care facilities are required to ensure that any employees are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[14] Does the jurisdiction require that any ambulatory care facilities offer any vaccinations to any patients, or ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[15] If any ambulatory care facilities are required to ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[16] Does the jurisdiction require that any correctional facilities or juvenile detention centers offer any vaccinations to any inmates or juveniles, or ensure that any inmates or juveniles are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[17] If any correctional centers or juvenile detention centers are required to ensure that any inmates or juveniles are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[18] Does the jurisdiction require that any residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded offer any residents any vaccinations, or ensure that any residents are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[19] If any residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded are required to ensure that any residents are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[105] For Kentucky requirements, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, relating to “licensed facilities which care for children”. KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 requires that for each child cared for in a licensed facility which provides care for children, a current immunization certificate, as provided by administrative regulation of the Cabinet for Health Services, promulgated under KY Rev. Stat. Ann., Chapter 13A, shall be on file in the center, home or facility within 30 days of admission into the facility. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 requires that children 3 months or older without a current immunization certificate shall not attend facilities licensed to provide care for children. For certificates to be considered current, children must receive certain vaccines according to age. Based on a plain reading of the text, this chart assumes that juvenile detention centers are a type of “licensed facility which cares for children”.

[106] For Kentucky, for medical exemptions to the immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060. KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 provides that immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 are inapplicable when in the written opinion of his attending physician, such testing or immunization would be injurious to the child’s health. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides that immunization requirements are inapplicable where a child with a medical contraindication to receiving a vaccination obtains, from their attending physician, a “Certificate of Medical Exemption” from immunization administration requirements.  Top of Page

[107] For Kentucky, for religious exemptions to the immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060. KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 provides that immunization requirements of Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 are inapplicable where a child’s parents are opposed to testing on religious grounds, and who object by sworn statement to the immunization of such child on religious grounds. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides that immunization requirements are inapplicable where a physician, local health department or medical facility administering immunizations, upon receipt of a written or sworn statement from the parent or guardian of a child, issues a “Certificate of Religious Exemption” from immunization requirements.

[108] For Kentucky requirements, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, relating to “licensed facilities which care for children,” and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110 and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 1:300, relating to “child caring facilities.” KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 requires that for each child cared for in a licensed facility which provides care for children, a current immunization certificate, as provided by administrative regulation of the Cabinet for Health Services, promulgated under KY Rev. Stat. Ann., Chapter 13A, shall be on file in the center, home or facility within 30 days of admission into the facility. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 requires that children 3 months or older without a current immunization certificate shall not attend facilities licensed to provide care for children. For certificates to be considered current, children must receive certain vaccines according to age. 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110 provides that a current immunization certificate showing that the child is immunized pursuant to 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 shall be on file within 30 days of enrollment. 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 1:300 provides that the facility shall also keep an immunization record for each child, in accordance with KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034(4). KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 provides that all public or private primary schools shall require a current immunization certificate for hepatitis B for any child enrolled as a regular attendee in the sixth grade, as provided by administrative regulation of the Cabinet for Health Services, promulgated under KY Rev. Stat. Ann., Chapter 13A, to be on file within two (2) weeks of the child's attendance. “Child caring facilities” are defined in KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 199.011(6) as any institution or group home, including institutions and group homes that are publicly operated, providing residential care on a 24-hour basis to children, not related by blood, adoption, or marriage to the person maintaining the facility, other than an institution or group home certified by an appropriate agency as operated primarily for educational or medical purposes, or a residential program operated or contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice that maintains accreditation, or obtains accreditation within 2 years of opening from a nationally recognized accrediting organization. Based on a plain reading of the definitional language, this chart assumes that the definition of “child caring facility” includes residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded.

[109] For Kentucky, for medical exemptions to the immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034, 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036, 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110. KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 provides that the immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 are inapplicable when in the written opinion of his attending physician, such testing or immunization would be injurious to the child’s health. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides that immunization requirements are inapplicable where a child with a medical contraindication to receiving a vaccination obtains, from his attending physician, a “Certificate of Medical Exemption” from immunization administration requirements. 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110 provides that a current immunization certificate showing that the child is immunized pursuant to 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 shall be on file within 30 days of enrollment; as noted already, 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides for medical and religious exemptions to immunization requirements.

[110] For Kentucky, for religious exemptions to the immunization requirements of KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034, 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110, see KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 and 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060, and 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110. KY Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.036 provides that the immunization requirements of KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034 are inapplicable where a child’s parents are opposed to testing on religious grounds, and who object by sworn statement to the immunization of such child on religious grounds. 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides that immunization requirements are inapplicable where a physician, local health department or medical facility administering immunizations, upon receipt of a written or sworn statement from the parent or guardian of a child, issues a “Certificate of Religious Exemption” from immunization requirements. 922 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:110 provides that a current immunization certificate showing that the child is immunized pursuant to 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 shall be on file within 30 days of enrollment; as noted already, 902 KY. Admin. Regs. 2:060 provides for medical and religious exemptions to immunization requirements.  Top of Page

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