2022 Legislation

Take Action on AB 1797

AB-1797 Immunization registry. (Weber) This bill would require health care providers and other agencies to disclose immunization information to a state database, would add the patient’s race or ethnicity to the list of information being disclosed, and authorize schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and county human services agencies to use the specified immunization information, in the event of a public health emergency, to perform immunization status assessments of pupils, adults, and clients.

CURRENT STATUS: Passed in Assembly Health Committee. Passed in Assembly Education Committee with amendments. In Assembly Appropriations. 

Step 1. Set Up Meeting

Contact the district office and request meeting. If you do not know who your state representatives are, go to FindYourRep.Legislature.CA.Gov.

If asked what the meeting is about, feel free to state a general concern such as education, health, or the pandemic.

Do not be discouraged if you are offered a meeting with a staffer rather than your legislator, or if it is on zoom vs. in person. Staffers play an important role in the legislative process.

Step 2. Get to Know your Legislator

Read your representatives' bio on their website. What are their interests? What bills have they authored in the past? How have they voted on issues you care about?

Find a common interest in order to establish relatability.

Step 3. Prepare Documents to Take to Meeting
Create your own one page document with the top three concerns you have. Bullet points are helpful as legislators and staffers are dealing with hundreds of bills.



Step 4. Dress and Act Professionally
When meeting with legislators and staffers, the goal is to build positive relationships. This is easy to do if expressing views in polite and respectful ways.


Representatives and their staff are just ordinary people that are generally very personable and friendly.

For a more in depth training on the legislative process and meeting with legislators, watch this video.

TaKe Action 2:

Submit Your Opposition Letter to Policy Committees

Make sure that your position on this bill is heard and put on record by submitting you comments to the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.

(Watch Video Tutorial)

Comments will be shared with the appropriate policy committee members hearing the bill.

Sample Comment:

"I oppose AB 1797 which would require health care providers and other agencies to disclose immunization information to a state database, add the patient’s race or ethnicity to the list of information being disclosed, and authorize schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and county human services agencies to use the specified immunization information, in the event of a public health emergency, to perform immunization status assessments of pupils, adults, and clients. In order to protect the medical privacy of Californians, any state information system should be strictly opt in. No private medical information should be shared without the express written permission of the patient or parent/guardian of the patient."

You might add a personal experience or talking points outlined below.

Talking Points for AB 1797

Specific Ask: Oppose AB 1797 or abstain from voting on the bill.

Main Talking Points

  1. Any private medical information should only be stored and shared with the express written permission of the patient or the parent or guardian of the patient. Currently, the only option for patients is to refuse to allow their personal medical information to be shared, however, the local health department and the State Department of Public Health may maintain access to the information. The CAIR2 database should be an opt in system.
  2. The risk of violating patient privacy is significant. There is a history of database breaches in California. Here are two recent examples of privacy breach in California:
    • Just this year, the State Bar of California experienced a data breach of confidential information. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-02-27/california-bar-investigates-possible-data-breach-after-discipline-records-published-online
    • In 2018, the California Department of Developmental Services notified 582,174 patients that their protected health information had potentially been compromised. https://www.hipaajournal.com/california-dept-of-developmental-services-582000-patients-phi/
    • The California Constitution gives each citizen an "inalienable right" to pursue and obtain "privacy.” Many other California laws protect the medical information of individuals.
  3. While the stated intention of this bill is to keep schools safe and open by tracking COVID-19 vaccination status, no state requirement for students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 exists at this time. Furthermore, children have a very low risk of severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19 and multiple studies have shown that fewer than 5% of COVID cases in school came from within the school.
  4. Lastly, some patients want to get vaccinated, but they do not want their information in the CAIR2 system. To avoid being part of the database, they might choose to avoid vaccination, resulting in fewer people getting vaccinated.



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