Mandatory coronavirus vaccination bill introduced in New York State Assembly
A New York lawmaker has introduced a bill making vaccinations against the Wuhan coronavirus mandatory. Democrat State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal introduced the bill Dec. 4, which is currently being reviewed by an assembly committee as of writing. Rosenthal’s proposed bill mandates vaccination “for all individuals who … are proven to be safe to receive a vaccine [for COVID-19]” if public health officials determine that New Yorkers “are not developing sufficient herd immunity.”
Rosenthal’s Assembly Bill A11179 states that a vaccine approved by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and the state’s clinical advisory task force “shall be required to be safely and effectively distributed in accordance with the [New York State Department of Health] COVID-19 vaccination program.”
The bill’s support memo outlined: “While steps have been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, epidemiologists and public health experts have concluded that a vaccine will be necessary to develop herd immunity and ultimately stop the spread of the disease.” It also remarked that the state “must make efforts to promote vaccination and ensure that a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated … to develop sufficient immunity.”
Rosenthal’s proposed bill does not define “sufficient immunity,” which leaves the definition to public health officials.
In an interview with FOX 5 NY, the legislator remarked that the compulsory vaccination mandate should take effect if less than 70 percent of the population voluntarily gets immunized. She said that with the mandate, “the State Department of Health would have the ability to say that more people have to get [the vaccine]. And they would set the rules … and the structure.”
The bill also provides for exemption: Anyone who has “received a medical exemption from a licensed medical professional” will be excluded from the forced vaccination mandate.