Opposing Vaccine Mandates

Friends,

An increasing number of major companies, health systems, and universities are incentivizing—and even mandating—individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19. I do not support government imposed vaccine mandates, and I am in favor of personal and parental choice when making vaccination decisions. I will always support your right to exercise your personal health care choices.

Legislation is pending in the Michigan Legislature that protects your right to make your own medical decisions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

House Bill (HB) 4008 was introduced to amend the Public Health Code to provide personal exemptions for vaccines during a pandemic. HB 4008 would allow for exemptions to a vaccine if the vaccine violated the personal religious beliefs of an individual, or if an individual has other personal reasons for objecting to the vaccine.

House Bill (HB) 4471 was introduced to prohibit employers from requiring certain vaccinations as a condition of employment. HB 4471 prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual because the individual has not received or declines to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in our state. The bill would also prohibit an employer from retaliating against the employee.

House Bill (HB) 4667 was introduced to create a new act, the COVID-19 Vaccination Privacy Act. Under HB 4667, government entities would be prohibited from producing or issuing COVID-19 vaccination passports. The bill would ban requirements for individuals to prove vaccination status to access a public service, or imposing a penalty based on vaccination status.

Senate Bills (SB) 600 and 602 were introduced to protect students from vaccine mandates. SB 600 would prohibit schools from adopting a policy to require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to entering or attending school. SB 602 would amend the Public Health Code to prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from creating or enforcing rules to require a child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to participate in school or any school-related activities.

I support all the above legislation as the bills are currently written. Do you have any comments on vaccine mandates, or on legislation currently pending to protect your right to make your own medical decisions?  I want to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

2021-08-09 Vaccination