SB 374, relative to SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations
Senate Bill 374 will have a hearing on Feb 9th in the Senate HHS Committee: This piece of legislation would prohibit a person from requiring that an individual who had COVID-19 receive a vaccination against the virus as a condition for employment, education, or access to businesses or entities open to the public. The bill also establishes an exemption as a matter of conscience against a vaccination mandate.
- Sign In to Oppose this bill
- Visit: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/remotecommittee/senate.aspx
- Fill in your personal information
- Select February 9th, Senate Health and Human Services Committee, SB 374
- Choose "I Oppose This Bill"
- If applicable, email the HHS committee your testimony here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GtUztMMu2SpZYKZGKDZCZvr2jrNCibLr_kKDrdkG6nU/edit?usp=sharing
- Contact committee members to tell them how important vaccines are to the health of our state: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GtUztMMu2SpZYKZGKDZCZvr2jrNCibLr_kKDrdkG6nU/edit?usp=sharing (and let us know how the conversation goes).
- Sign the petition to show lawmakers how many Granite Staters support a Healthy NH: https://secure.everyaction.com/tQtl4fjNfUKpmLXtd3Vrhw2
- Share your story with us about the importance of vaccines to you and those you love: https://secure.everyaction.com/jI83V0awQEetU4glsyq9Uw2
More information on SB 374:
Vaccinations protect individuals and the community from the risk of severe illness and have essentially eradicated deadly diseases. They also protect those who can’t get vaccinated, including infants, or people with weakened immune systems. The COVID-19 vaccine has played a significant role in changing the course of this pandemic. Time and time again, public health experts have said that widespread vaccination, including booster shots, is the best way to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately build herd immunity. Based on that public health science and advice from medical experts, some employers, postsecondary institutions, and other entities have made decisions to mandate vaccines for the health and safety of their employees and students they serve. The freedom to make these decisions should be left up to those entities.
SB 374, prohibits a person from requiring that an individual who had COVID-19 receive a vaccination against the virus as a condition for employment, education, or access to businesses or entities open to the public
This bill also establishes an exemption as a matter of conscience against a vaccination mandate and establishes a criminal penalty and a private right of action for enforcement. If passed, this amendment would tie the hands of employers and limit their ability to enforce public health policies. Medical exemptions are a necessary component to vaccine policies. However, an objection based on conscientious or philosophical reasons- essentially allowing an easy opt out to anyone- would reverse the progress New Hampshire has made in defeating this pandemic and other previously eradicated diseases.
According to the Infectious Disease Society of America, studies demonstrate that the easier it is to receive an exemption, the higher the rate of exemptions in a particular state. As the number of exemptions increases, the risk of vaccine-preventable disease also increases. Therefore, states should make every effort to minimize the number of its citizens exempted from immunization mandates. Exemptions increase health costs by the need to investigate and control avoidable outbreaks; costs that are paid by state and federal taxpayers—the overwhelming majority of whom have chosen to be vaccinated.