From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall warned Alabama’s healthcare providers to cease any unlawful use of the state immunization registry, known as ImmPRINT.
ImmPRINT is used to avoid unnecessary vaccinations for patients and to provide the state with patient demographic data. Few have permission to access the files due to its confidential nature; however, Marshall’s office stated there are reports of employers violating employee’s privacy.
“The Attorney General’s Office has received complaints from healthcare employees who believe their COVID-19 immunization status was obtained by their employers through the ImmPRINT registry for the purpose of verifying compliance with the employer’s immunization requirement,” Marshall stated in a press release. “In several of those cases, a shared employer specifically acknowledged accessing the state immunization database for this purpose. This privacy violation is unlawful.”
The Attorney General Office has formally demanded that the employers responsible for accessing ImmPRINT stop and refrain from this unlawful activity. The Alabama Department of Public Health also warned that any inappropriate use of ImmPRINT would immediately terminate database access.
Marshall warned that failure to heed this warning will result in criminal prosecution. Alabama Code §22-2-14 states it is a crime to violate the rules or regulations of the Alabama State Board of Health.