A New York lawmaker is proposing legislation to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory if too few residents voluntarily get the immunization. The move comes days after newly released FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) document revealed deaths of 6 participants during Pfizer’s COVID vaccine trials.
Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, who represents parts of Manhattan’s West Side, has introduced a bill that would require the state to “safely and effectively” distribute an FDA-approved vaccine “in accordance with the department [of health]’s COVID-19 vaccination administration program,” according to the language of the legislation.
The bill states, “If public health officials determine that residents of the state are not developing sufficient immunity from COVID-19, the department shall mandate vaccination for all individuals.”
The text of the bill also states, in part, “if public health officials determine that residents of the state are not developing sufficient immunity from COVID-19, the department shall mandate vaccination for all individuals or groups of individuals who, as shown by clinical data, are proven to be safe to receive such vaccine.”
A memo with the bill states: “The state must make efforts to promote vaccination and ensure that a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19 to develop sufficient immunity.”
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Still, the bill allows residents with underlying health conditions to opt out.
“Any individual who has received a medical exemption from a licensed medical professional shall not be mandated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and shall be excluded from the requirements of this section,” the bill states.
“It’s a protective health measure,” Rosenthal told WGRZ-TV. “It’s to ensure that our residents are safe and protected against further spread.” She added: “the concept of herd immunity is very important, and not everyone will have to get the vaccination if a certain threshold of the population has gotten it.”
She said the threshold would have to be 75%-80% and added that she thinks enough people will be voluntarily to take the vaccine to reach that.
“However, there is the possibility that we don’t and in that event to protect the public health, the department of health of the state can then say that we need people to get the vaccination,” Rosenthal said.
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