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H.R. 387: Vaccinate More Americans Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 21, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 387

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 21, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Garcia of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To prevent doses of vaccines for COVID–19 from being wasted, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vaccinate More Americans Act of 2021.

2.

Phased allocation inapplicable where it is reasonably necessary to prevent the expiration of any dose of vaccine for COVID–19

(a)

In general

Where it is reasonably necessary to prevent the expiration of any dose of vaccine for COVID–19 purchased from the Federal Government, a vaccine provider may—

(1)

disregard any phased allocation of such dose under applicable Federal, State, and local law; and

(2)

administer such dose to an individual who is in the next phased allocation group under applicable Federal, State, and local law for which the vaccine provider can locate individuals available and willing to receive the dose.

(b)

Preemption

Subsection (a) preempts any State or local law to the contrary.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to override Federal, State, or local law other than with respect to the phased allocation of dosing.

(d)

Definition

In this section, the term phased allocation means the prioritization of groups for the receipt of the vaccine for COVID–19 as determined by appropriate public health authorities.

(e)

Sunset

Subsection (a) shall cease to apply at the end of the public health emergency declared for COVID–19 under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), including renewals thereof.