Senator Johnny Ray Turner Files Bill to Provide Firefighters with Hepatitis A Vaccine

Senator Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg has filed legislation to protect Kentucky firefighters by expanding its Hepatitis B continuing inoculation voucher program to include Hepatitis A vaccinations. The senator said with the outbreak and recurring spread of Hepatitis A in the commonwealth, firefights from Harlan County approached him with concerns that some older firefighters have not had a Hepatitis A vaccine. Senate Bill 140, which is cosponsored by Senator Brandon Smith of Hazard, would allow the Kentucky Fire Commission to pay costs for Hepatitis A vaccines, as it currently does for Hepatitis B vaccinations, for all paid and volunteer firefighters. Funding would come from revenues allocated to the Firefighters Foundation Program and be limited to $500,000 per fiscal year.

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