Many States Are Working To Prevent COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The federal government and some private employers are requiring their workers to show proof of vaccination as COVID-19 cases surge. And certain cities are once again requiring masks indoors.

Just another means of control as we know masks don’t work. If you read the warning labels on the back of the mask packages it clearly states “This product is an ear loop mask, this product is not a respirator and will not provide any protections against COVID-19 (coronavirus) and other viruses or contaminants.”

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson promoted COVID-19 vaccinations on July 16th, at a community town hall at Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASUMH) in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Arkansas is one of the several states that have passed laws prohibiting vaccine requirements in 2021.

Some states are not just ordering more precautions, but already moving to stop vaccination mandates in the future.

In my opinion, no vaccinations should ever be mandated, it’s your body your choice. And in some states, they are vaccinating kids without their parent’s consent!

According to the advocacy group VaxTeen, the following states have statutes or doctrines allowing at least some people under the age of 18 to receive most vaccinations without parents’ permission:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Washington

California allows minors 12 or older to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) or hepatitis B vaccine without parental consent, but requires it for all other vaccinations.

Hemi Tewarson of the National Academy for State Health Policy is tracking state legislatures for such bills and spoke to Morning Edition‘s A Martínez about what she’s seeing. Notably:

  • As of late last week, 9 states have enacted 11 laws with prohibitions on vaccine mandates (Arizona and Arkansas have each enacted two).
  • They weren’t all introduced or enacted at this stage of the pandemic — in fact, some were introduced back in February and March, and the most recent took effect in late June.
  • Some of these laws are tied only to vaccinations that have emergency use authorization, so the prohibition will no longer apply if the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines get full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • The laws don’t prevent officials from encouraging vaccinations, only from requiring it. So governors in these states are still pushing for people to roll up their sleeves, just not ordering it.
  • The vast majority of these laws apply only to state and local governments, meaning private schools and employers in those states can still pass vaccine mandates.

Companies like Google, Netflix, Morgan Stanley, and The Washington Post have recently announced vaccine requirements for their employees. Other businesses are using incentives like time off, lotteries, and a reduction in health care insurance.

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