Senators Frank Blas Jr., James C. Moylan, Christopher M. Duenas, and V. Anthony Ada have introduced Bill 181-36 (LS), the “Right to Informed Consent Act” that would prohibit employers from mandating the COVID-19 vaccinations.
With the Governor’s recent executive order circumventing an individual’s freedom to make the best medical decision for themselves and forcing employers to mandate the vaccine, the bill is intended to protect an individual’s right to informed consent and their infringement on medical liberty. The individuals, not the government or their employer, should have sole responsibility for their medical decisions.
“It must remain an individual’s choice to decide if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine, rather than overreaching mandates from the government. This legislation is not to discourage getting the vaccine, but to put a measure in place that protects an individual’s medical freedom,” said Senator Chris Duenas
“The measure would provide additional support for those island residents who may either lose their jobs, or are seeking jobs, due to a mandate of the Governor. While simultaneously ensuring that safety in the workplace for employees and patrons alike is prioritized,” said Senator James Moylan
“We understand the challenges brought on by this pandemic, however, we live in a democracy and there must be a balance between what the government mandates and the rights of individuals. This legislation helps to strike that balance,” Senator Tony Ada added.
“For many in our community, the decision to get vaccinated is not an easy one to make. Weighing a mandate to get vaccinated to keep their job versus an existing medical condition, a religious belief, a trust issue, or the need to provide for their family is a choice that no one should have to make. We need to trust that businesses and their employees know what needs to be done to keep their workplaces safe without the government forcing their will upon them. Vaccinations may have their value, but the ability to choose and the right to make an informed decision is priceless,” Senator Blas concluded.
(Senator Frank Blas Jr. Release)