PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 97. COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
SUBCHAPTER G. VACCINATION STAMPS
25 TAC §§97.151 - 97.156
The Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, on behalf of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), adopts amendments to §97.151, concerning Purpose and Scope; §97.152, concerning Definitions; §97.153, concerning Criteria for Issuing Uniform Stamps to Physicians; §97.154, concerning Criteria for Operating as a Vaccination Center; §97.155, concerning Format of the Uniform Stamp; and §97.156, concerning Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of a Uniform Stamp. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the October 6, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 5370), and therefore will not be republished.
BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION
The purpose of the adopted amendments is to update the protocols for providers who administer yellow fever vaccine and issue vaccination certificates for persons who travel to countries outside the United States, and to clarify the rules. Sections 97.151 - 97.156 have been reviewed and DSHS has determined that reasons for adopting the sections continue to exist because rules on this subject are required by federal law and provide guidance for the ongoing vaccination stamp program (program).
The 30-day comment period ended on November 6, 2017. During this period, DSHS did not receive any comments regarding the proposed vaccination stamp rules.
The adopted amendments are informed by U.S. Public Health Services (PHS) requirements: Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42-Public Health, Part 71-Foreign Quarantine, §71.3, Designation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centers; Validation Stamps; and PHS publications entitled, Division of Quarantine Circular No. 106; Advisory Memorandum No. 66; and Advisory Memorandum No. 72. The amendments are authorized by Texas Government Code, §531.0055, and Texas Health and Safety Code, §1001.075, which authorize the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission to adopt rules and policies necessary for the operation and provision of health and human services by DSHS and for the administration of Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 1001.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.
Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 29, 2017.
Interim General Counsel
Department of State Health Services
Effective date: January 18, 2018
Proposal publication date: October 6, 2017
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