The legislature is considering bills that further restrict freedom of choice. A416 allows forced quarantine, vaccination and medical treatment during health emergency or epidemic; S45 mandates flu vaccines for children in child care and school. A822/S937 allows health care practitioners to administer all STD vaccines to minors without parental consent or knowledge; A 2081 adds COVID-19 vaccine to those required for long-term care residents or employees; A 2240/S45 add flu vaccines to the current list of vaccines required for school in New York State and would require flu vaccines for children attending daycare; A 3192/S3041 allows children 14 and older to consent to any vaccine that is recommended by ACIP regardless of parental consent; A279A requires all New York's healthcare providers who administer vaccines to adults 19 or older to report all patients' immunization status to the state-run database. This bill was amended to include an opt-out, but this will benefit only those people who understand the implications of the state owning their healthcare data and vaccine status. S6495/A7829 mandates COVID-19 vaccines for college students. S 7432 authorizes local governments, by local law, rule or executive order, to require performers, athletes, employees, attendees, and/or any other person or category of persons be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter a place of entertainment. A 8398 prohibits businesses and employers from allowing vaccine exemptions for reasons other than medical. A8410/S7432 allows local government to mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for places of entertainment. A 8378 allow state health authorities to mandate vaccines for students. A 5214 requires employees of children's overnight camps to be vaccinated.
Other bills need our support: A 4269/S4376 (prohibits a mandatory immunization against the coronavirus), A 3250 (prohibits flu vaccine mandates for children in childcare or preschool), A4602 (prohibits mandatory vaccination against coronavirus); S 7322 (prohibits vaccine mandates); S 6747 (prohibits vaccine mandates for students); A 7100 (prohibits vaccine mandates for COVID); S 2677 (creates a religious exemption for students); and A 4007/S 2678 (protects doctors giving medical exemptions).
We must not lose our freedom to make informed choices about vaccines. Contact your state legislators and tell them to protect vaccine choice!