First responder vaccination program.
The Department of Health shall offer a vaccination program for first responders who
may be exposed to infectious diseases when deployed to disaster locations. For purposes of this
section, the term, first responder, means state and local law enforcement personnel, fire department
personnel, and emergency medical personnel who will be deployed to sites of bioterrorism attacks,
terrorist attacks, catastrophic or natural disasters, and other disasters. The vaccinations shall
include vaccinations for hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, influenza, and other vaccinations when
recommended by the United States Public Health Service and in accordance with Federal
Emergency Management Agency policy. Immune globulin shall be made available if necessary.
Participation in the vaccination program is voluntary.
The provisions of this Act are effective on the date that federal funding is received
for administering vaccinations for first responders.