The Senate approved yesterday a law requiring all Argentines to present the vaccination certificate daily to process or renew their identity document, passport, driver's license, residence or prenuptial certificate. The regulation – which updates Law 22,909 in force since 1983 – arose from a bill of the legislature of Tucumán Pablo Yedlin.
Until now, the requirement to have up-to-date vaccinations was only for children and their certificate was required to enroll in schools. However, with the modification, adults now, according to their age, will also need the document to perform these procedures. The updating of the law also establishes the gratuity of vaccination and its exemption from taxes. "The state must guarantee the purchase of vaccines and supplies," the text says.
It was also established that the document to be presented is the so-called Single Vaccination Card (CUV), in which mandatory vaccination records must be maintained and will have to generate access to the vaccines for the population. The card will be issued by agencies authorized to apply vaccines, such as hospitals (public and private) and pharmacies. It will also be necessary to process family benefits and tests. The law clarifies, among several things, that "failure to comply with the established presentation will not be an obstacle in the process".
As clarified, adults will be invited to apply hepatitis B and adults with dual bacterial. Those born after 1965 include triple viral (measles, mumps and rubella). Those over that age should receive anti-flu and pneumococcus.
Among other changes, the new legislation foresees that adults and guardians of minors are responsible for their vaccination, but in case of noncompliance "will generate actions of the corresponding judicial sanitary authority."
Among other considerations of the law, it clarifies that the absence of work is justified on the day the vaccine is applied, with the prior authorization of the employer, and presenting the evidence. It is also planned to create the National Register of the Digital Vaccine Population, where the vaccination data will be kept for all inhabitants of the country and was established on August 26 of each year as National Vaccination Day.