Immunization is important in ensuring a healthy society. It helps in reducing the risks associated with infectious diseases. Whooping cough is one of these diseases whose threat is reduced through immunization of children. To ensure that this exercise is successful, all stakeholders must be involved. The main stakeholders, in this case, are the legislators, medical experts, tourist bureau, and religious leaders among others. These stakeholders have different needs and interests discussed as follows.
The legislators play a key role in formulating and passing laws that would enhance the efficiency of the exercise (Harder et al, 2018). Therefore, their need and interest are to enact laws that remove the exemption for firmly held religious beliefs concerning immunization. On the other hand, religion is critical to society as their views on different social and political issues are well respected by society. Therefore, they still have a great interest in mobilizing society concerning their health. The tourist bureau, on the other hand, has an interest in the immunization project as a successful exercise would be vital in boosting tourists in the three counties. Finally, the school nurses feel that each of the stakeholders requires to be joined in the exercise. They state that the legislation being proposed would create a backlash if the religious exemption is removed from the law. Therefore, their interest, in this case, is that the religious exemption remains as it was.
The Immunization legislation that was comprehensively adopted 60 years ago stipulates that all children must be immunized for whooping cough. Although this law has been successful in protecting children from the disease, it requires some scrutiny for it to serve modern society. it calls for the input of stakeholders to make changes that will serve the needs of the current generation. The new law must follow the legal process for it to be acceptable. The governor can only pend a signature to legislation that has followed the due process for it to be financed by the government.
Stakeholder value conflicts may exist in this environment due to the lack of consensus in the immunization process. Firstly, we have the legislators who are eager to remove the religious exemption from the immunization law. Religious leaders play a great role in influencing the community in decision-making. They ought to be made stakeholders in designing the new law. Otherwise, they may influence the community against immunization.
Planning to reform the 60 years old immunization law without sufficient public opinion is a legal risk and a malpractice issue. Legislations that affect society ought to be guided by the needs of that society (Weithorn & Reiss, 2018). In Evergreen State, we have different stakeholders with different views on immunization for whooping cough. It would be paramount to seek views from the religious leaders concerning their faith and beliefs on immunization. Also, immunization should not be made mandatory to all but a personal choice. If this is not done, anyone can begin a legal proceeding against the department of health as it refrains citizens’ liberty.
Harder, V. S., Barry, S. E., Ahrens, B., Davis, W. S., & Shaw, J. S. (2018). Quality improvement to immunization coverage in primary care measured in medical record and population-based registry data. Academic pediatrics, 18(4), 437-444.
Weithorn, L. A., & Reiss, D. R. (2018). Legal approaches to promoting parental compliance with childhood immunization recommendations. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 14(7), 1610-1617. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F21645515.2018.1423929