The answer appears to be that California requires people who get vaccinated to report it to the state. That's an end run around HIPAA, since the state is demanding information from the patient rather than the provider. It undoubtedly discourages people from getting COVID shots, especially if they're trying to avoid government attention.

I don't think I got that quite right. Further research disclosed there's a "public health surveillance" exception to HIPAA. If you think that sounds creepy, that's because it is.


So, Healthcare providers have to report those vaccinations to the State Dept of Health
HIPPA doesn't really do what it was said it was suppose to do

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