Rep. Jetton Files Legislation to Protect Personal Vaccine Information

State Representative Jacey Jetton (R-Richmond) filed legislation to prevent county health authorities from sharing personal vaccine or immunization information with non-healthcare related third parties. House Bill 120 was filed in response to a questionable contract between Fort Bend County and a for-profit political consulting firm that could have access to private vaccine information.

“Texans expect and deserve privacy with their medical records,” said Jetton, who serves on the House Public Health Committee. “My constituents want peace of mind, knowing their elected officials and government agencies will not share their medical information with any group outside of their healthcare provider. I filed HB 120 to ensure governments protect sensitive medical documents.”

Texas Law currently allows county health authorities to disclose vaccine and immunization records to healthcare professionals or any third party with whom they are contracted, even if a third party is not the person’s healthcare provider. HB 120 requires county health authorities to keep vaccine and immunization records private and secure. Those who should reasonably have access to these records, such as an individual’s healthcare provider and those with power of attorney, will still be able to access them.

Jetton authored a letter earlier this summer requesting the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court to not share residents’ vaccine and immunization information with a for-profit, third party, political consulting firm. They instead encouraged the Commissioners Court to utilize the existing nonprofits embedded in the community to increase vaccination efforts in underserved and high risk communities. Harris County Judge Hidalgo recently cancelled a similar contract in the neighboring county after criticism the contract was awarded to an unqualified political firm as opposed to a better suited public health entity.

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Jacey Jetton

Jacey Jetton is a 7th generation Texan who represents Sugar Land, Richmond, and the surrounding areas in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves on the Committees for Redistricting, Public Health, Elections, the Policy Committee for the Texas House Republican Caucus, and the Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies. During the 87th Legislative session, he was selected by his peers in the Republican Caucus to be Freshman of the session. Professionally, Jetton is a small business owner who also serves Fort Bend County by volunteering with various organizations that focus on supporting single moms, those in poverty, and veterans’ issues. Jacey and Fanny Jetton have two boys, Jacob and Calob, who attend schools in Fort Bend ISD. Jetton’s background includes working in the 83rd legislative session as a Legislative Director, in the Texas Comptroller’s agency working as a taxpayer liaison, President for a Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District, and in the Republican Party as Engagement Director for the Republican Party of Texas. He was then elected Chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party. Jetton served in the Texas Army National Guard where he was attached to a mechanized infantry unit in the 36th Infantry Division.