Republican House Bill Puts Gaping Exemptions In Ohio Vaccine Mandates

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Ohio Republican leaders unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would place new limits on vaccine mandates in Ohio businesses and schools.

The bill would empower most Ohio workers and students to “refuse mandated COVID-19 vaccinations,” according to a spokesperson for Republican lawmakers.

Its top-line exemption, for “reasons of conscience,” would only require that a student or employee submit a written statement, in effect transforming all vaccine mandates covered by the bill into testing mandates with vaccine opt-outs.

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House Bill 435, the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Fairness Act, was fast-tracked through the House Health Committee on the same day it was introduced. It will go before the full Republican-controlled House on Wednesday.

Its sponsors are Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township) and Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township.)

“[The Vaccine Fairness Act] strikes a sensible balance between personal medical freedom and safeguarding the latitude of employers and schools to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of employees, students, patients and customers,” Seitz said.

HB 435 would require schools, colleges, universities and businesses that require COVID-19 vaccines to include exemptions for conscience as well as “natural immunity” and “medical contraindications.”

Source : https://www.fox19.com/2021/09/28/ohio-bill-would-force-gaping-exemptions-into-existing-vaccine-mandates/

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