Patients wouldn’t have to accept the vaccinations, and many hospitals already offer them. But Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha says the measure is intended to minimize future outbreaks of whooping cough. The number of cases in Iowa and Nebraska surged last year.
Lawmakers gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday, 44-0. It would apply to vaccines for tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria.
The vaccines could be covered by Medicaid, Medicare, private payers or insurance.
Another bill would that won final approval would require hospitals to offer vaccinations to employees, and keep records of which workers have not received them.