Albany wants your vaccine records, and the vaccine records of every adult in New York. Senate Bill S75a, introduced by State Sen. Brad Hoylman, would require recording every vaccine given to an adult in a New York State database. The bill sat in the legislature for years but began moving last session when it passed in both Health Committees. It was amended in the Rules Committees, the last stop before going to the floor for a vote. It is now back in the Health Committees for consideration of the amended version.
The amended version of the bill is not as bad as the original but is still unacceptable. The bill requires physicians and other healthcare providers to register in the state database every shot given. The original bill also eliminated patients’ right to refuse to have their data recorded. In the current version, a physician is not supposed to record the information IF a patient affirmatively tells the physician not to, but the physician is under no obligation to ask.
The database is an essential part of any system to force adults to get vaccines, and to make possible vaccine passports and systems of vaccine-based segregation. Precisely identifying noncompliant adults will be necessary for any tracking system. It is also an essential tool to achieve the growth goals of the global vaccine industry, which is based on expanding the adult market given the low growth prospects of the saturated infant and childhood markets.
The bill did not go forward in the last session because of concerns that the database could be used to identify and locate illegal immigrants for enforcement action. In the hyper race conscious current environment in Albany none of the non-white members of the Assembly Health Committee voted for the bill. And immigration advocates expressed opposition to the database bill. As a consequence, another bill, S6541(Rivera)/A7326(Gottfried), was proposed to address the concerns about using the database to enforce immigration laws. Claims are made that S6541/A7326 will prevent the use of the database for immigration enforcement, but our attorneys have found no language in the bill that would prevent the Department of Health from providing information from the database to federal immigration authorities. Nor could a state law stop federal agencies from securing state data to enforce federal immigration laws. Federal law trumps state law. We believe S6541/A7326 is a ruse to placate advocates and members of the legislature to allow the database bill to move forward. When you make calls to legislators it is important to bring up the fact that the database could be used to locate illegal immigrants and the bill that is supposed to take care of that problem s6541/A7326 simply does not do what is claimed.
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Please call every member of the Senate Health Committee listed below. Call their District and Albany offices. Politely let them know you oppose the bill for the reasons below.
Here are some talking points you can use.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Albany: (518) 455-2585, District: (914) 423-4031
Call every member of the Senate Health Committee:
Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera,
Albany: (518) 455-3395, District: (718) 933-2034
Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, District: (718) 822-2049, Albany: 518-455-3595
Sen. Kevin Thomas, District: (516) 739-1700, Albany; (518) 455-3260
Sen. Rachel May, District: (315) 478-8745, Albany: (518) 455-2838
Sen. Julia Salazar, District: District, (718) 573-1726 Albany: 518-455-2177
Sen. Todd Kaminsky, District: 516-766-8383, Albany: 518-455-3401
Sen. Samra Brouk, District: (585) 223-1800, Albany: (518) 455-2215
Sen. Cordell Cleare, (518) 455-2441, (212) 222-7315
Sen. Brad Hoylman, District: (212) 633-8052, Albany: (518) 455-2451
Sen. Sean Ryan, District: (716) 854-8705, Albany: (518) 455-3240
Sen. Phil Boyle, District: (631) 665-2311, Albany (518) 455-3411
Sen. Peter Oberacker, District: (607) 432-5524, (518) 455-3131
Sen. Ed Rath, District: (716) 631-8695, (585) 454-0322, Albany: (518) 455-3161
Sen. Patrick Gallivan, District: 716-656-8544, Albany: 518-455-3471,
Sen. Dan Stec, District: (518) 743-0968, Albany: (518) 455-2811
Sen. Brad Hoylman the autor of S75a, is also the author of the bill that repealed the religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school. He also sponsored bills to mandate HPV and annual flu shots to attend school, and a bill that would require college students to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
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