Department of Labor officials said today they are frustrated with the White House over what they said were improper delays in determining whether a mandatory vaccine for teenagers is justified.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is continuing to review the issue amid claims the process was improperly rushed. No plan has been formally sent to the White House, said officials, who would not say when the matter will be decided.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a rule that would require teenagers who are not immunized against human papillomavirus (HPV) and are not planning to be vaccinated to receive the vaccine from their pediatrician or family doctor. They would then have to use a consent form to make an appointment with their doctor to receive the vaccine that protects against the type of cancer-causing virus that causes cervical cancer and some types of anal cancer.
The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter today to Tom Perez, who is the secretary of the Department of Labor, declaring his department will abide by the rule and will not offer any services to any employer regarding the law of that particular rule.
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