New legislation introduced to protect people from discrimination based on immunization status – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
State Representative Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) introduced the Vaccine Choice & Anti-Discrimination Act, legislation that protects people who choose not to be vaccinated against discrimination based on their vaccination status.
Gross, who is a nurse practitioner, said she is pro-vaccine and appreciates the advances the medical field has made in improving the health and well-being of humanity.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that more than three million people have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far.
“There are eleven and a half million people in Ohio,” Gross said. “Many people across the state may be likely to refuse vaccines like the COVID-19 vaccine for conscience, religious or medical reasons. Without the exemption provisions in this bill, the notion of a vaccine passport could easily lead to a class system in Ohio where segregation and discrimination would proliferate. “
Under House Bill 248, people who refuse a vaccine will be able to function in the state like those who have received a vaccine, and the bill would prevent anyone in the state of Ohio from experiencing discriminatory treatment based on of their vaccination status.
“It’s a matter of freedom,” Gross said. “The purpose of this legislation is to allow people to choose to do what they think is best for their own bodies and to protect individuals from any consequences or difficulties associated with choosing one way or another. . “
Gross also noted that the constitution grants U.S. citizens the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that an individual’s life should be in the hands of the individual.
“As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to protect our citizens from government excesses and to prohibit practices in the private sector that discriminate against Ohioans in their daily lives,” Gross said.
House Bill 248 is now waiting to be referred to a House committee.
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