COLUMBUS, Ohio (WNN) — Public and private sector workers can demand exemptions from employer-mandated coronavirus vaccines in three general areas demonstrating the presence of COVID-19 antibodies under a newly introduced Republican bill in the Ohio House. includes the ability to
The bill is to replace the previous anti-vaccination bill That included a ban on employers requiring vaccines of any kind, including flu-like illnesses.
Employees who can show evidence that they risk a negative medical reaction, and who do not seek the vaccine for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, will also be exempt from employer mandates under the law co-sponsored by a GOP representative. Rick Carfagna of Delaware and Bill Seitz of Cincinnati.
Discounts will also be available to employees and students at Ohio’s public and private schools, colleges, and universities.
“The law empowers Ohioans by ensuring the availability of clear, unambiguous COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,” Carfgana said in prepared remarks. “It balances personal medical freedom and protects the health and safety of Ohioans.
According to the bill, employees will not be responsible for expenses incurred by the employer for alternative methods to prevent the spread of coronavirus such as masking or testing. Employees will have to bear the cost of proving that they already have a natural immunity to the coronavirus.
Previous law would have fired employees as a result of their refusal to vaccinate and allowed them to sue their employer if they believed they were unfairly dismissed.
The debate over the former law gained national fame in June when a doctor testified before the committee that people were magnetized by the vaccine., allowing the metal to stick to their skin. It hasn’t happened.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a bulletin on June 3 specifically discrediting the lie, stating that all COVID-19 vaccines are free of metals.
Supporters of that previous law, including bill sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gross, say vaccination should be a personal choice. Gross has since been removed from the House Health Committee.
Opponents of the earlier bill included hospitals, state associations of doctors and nurses and other health care groups, which say the measure could reverse decades of protection against preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis. . Both the Ohio Manufacturers Association and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce are opposing it.