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July 26 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

The federal and state vaccination requirements that prevented infection and death for millions of people in the U.S during the pandemic have also led to legislation and litigation limiting governmental authority to impose these life-saving public health measures.

Join Act for Public Health for an exploration of recent legislative and judicial trends related to vaccine law and policy, including the expansion of non-medical exemptions and shifts in the authority to impose vaccination requirements, especially for school attendance. Speakers will also discuss vaccination measures that have been enacted to slow the transmission of COVID-19, such as more equitable vaccine access through expanded scope of practice laws for qualified providers to administer vaccinations.

The webinar will also provide a glimpse inside the legislative experience of public health advocates in one state given the changed vaccination policy landscape.  

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Obtain an overview of the recent trends in legislation and litigation affecting vaccination requirements and exemptions.
  • Understand the impact of recent court decisions on scope of public health authority, and the historical judicial deference afforded to public health expertise and science.
  • Explore the implications of these trends for the future: for childhood vaccination requirements, and the ability of public health experts and officials to protect the public from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Learn about laws and policies that support increased access and uptake of vaccination to protect the health of communities.
  • Hear about the real-world experience and reflections of a public health colleague confronting challenging vaccination related policy and legislation.


  • Darlene Huang Briggs, J.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director, Act for Public Health Initiative, Network for Public Health Law


  • Katie Moran-McCabe, J.D. Lead Law and Policy Analyst, Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Maggie Davis, J.D., M.A., P.M.P., Director, State Health Policy at Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Wendy E. Parmet, J.D. Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Barbara Schneeman, Vice President of Communication and Public Affairs, RiverStone Health, Montana 

Act for Public Health Is a working group of the Public Health Law Partnership. Visit the Act for Public Health website for additional resources and information on public health authority.

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request. An email from ASLME regarding CLE credits will be sent to attendees following the webinar.