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RULE §97.153Criteria for Issuing Uniform Stamps to Physicians

Uniform Stamps may be issued to physicians holding a current Texas medical license, for use only at the specific vaccination center designated on the application. If a physician practices at more than one vaccination center, a separate application for each is required.

  (1) Physicians may apply for the Uniform Stamp by sending an application form to the branch. Application forms may be obtained from the branch or online at www.immunizetexas.org.

  (2) Physicians are authorized to use the Uniform Stamp solely for the purpose of validating administration of yellow fever vaccine on vaccination certificates issued at the approved vaccination center indicated on their application.

  (3) Physicians are authorized to use only the Uniform Stamp assigned to them. Uniform Stamps may not be assigned, loaned, or given to another person or physician except those working under supervision of the physician holding the stamp. The physician will at all times be responsible for the Uniform Stamp.

  (4) A physician shall report immediately to the branch any loss or theft of the Uniform Stamp.

  (5) Physicians are encouraged to report cases of febrile illness potentially caused by yellow fever vaccination to the CDC/FDA Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS http://www.vaers.hhs.gov/).

  (6) U.S. Public Health Services (PHS) requirements. The PHS requirements are found, as follows:

    (A) Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42-Public Health, Part 71-Foreign Quarantine, §71.3, Designation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centers; Validation Stamps; and

    (B) PHS publications entitled, Division or Quarantine Circular No. 106; Advisory Memorandum No. 66; and Advisory Memorandum No. 72.

    (C) The department adopts the PHS requirements listed in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph by reference. Copies of the requirements are available upon request from the Immunization Branch, Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas.

  (7) Charges for the Uniform Stamp.

    (A) New Applicant Fee. Each new applicant is required to submit a fee of $68 by personal check, cashier's check, or money order along with the completed application. If the branch denies the application, the branch will return the $68 to the physician.

    (B) Annual Renewal Fee. In January of each year, each physician holding a Uniform Stamp is required to pay an annual fee of $38. The physician shall submit the $38 by personal check, cashier's check, or money order to the branch with the agency's Annual Renewal Form. If the branch denies the renewal, the branch will return the $38 to the physician.

    (C) Stamp Replacement Fee. A fee of $50 will be required for issuing replacement Uniform Stamps in the event the original is lost or stolen.

    (D) All fees will be waived for public health departments, public health districts, and public health regions.

Source Note: The provisions of this §97.153 adopted to be effective March 13, 1986, 11 TexReg 1045; amended to be effective September 26, 2002, 27 TexReg 8932; amended to be effective November 8, 2007, 32 TexReg 7931

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