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posted by mrpg on Friday May 28, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Ohio lawmakers want to abolish vaccine requirements:

[...] Lawmakers are working on legislation to call off the lottery immediately. They're also trying to head off any plans for "vaccine passports." And last month, they introduced a sweeping antivaccination bill that would essentially demolish public health and vaccination requirements in the state—and not just requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, requirements for any vaccine.

[...] State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) blasted the bill, telling The Columbus Dispatch, "Not only would it prevent schools, businesses and communities from putting safety measures in pace related to COVID, it will impact the health of our children... This bill applies to all vaccines—polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If it becomes law we will see worsening measles outbreaks, meningitis in the dorms, and children once again suffering from polio."

[...] "At its core, this proposal would destroy our current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal diseases, threatens the stability of our economy as it recovers from a devastating pandemic and jeopardizes the way we live, learn, work and celebrate life," the letter said.

[...] "HB 248 would put all Ohioans at risk while increasing the cost of health care for families, individuals and businesses," spokesperson Dan Williamson said. "This proposal applies to all immunizations, including childhood vaccines. If passed, this legislation could reverse decades of immunity from life-threatening, but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis."

Also: Ohio GOP lawmakers, citing 'need to protect' from vaccines, seek to expand exemptions, nix COVID passports


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  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Monday May 31, @01:45AM (4 children)

    by sjames (2882) on Monday May 31, @01:45AM (#1140396) Journal

    So you're saying people will be happier if a central authority takes excessive choices away from them for their own good?

    Arbeit macht frei perhaps?

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday May 31, @02:06AM (3 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday May 31, @02:06AM (#1140402) Journal

    So you're saying people will be happier if a central authority takes excessive choices away from them for their own good?

    No. I'm saying we'll all be better off, if government stops paying people to be bums.

    • (Score: 2) by sjames on Monday May 31, @02:50AM (2 children)

      by sjames (2882) on Monday May 31, @02:50AM (#1140411) Journal

      But apparently they're not being bums, they're looking for decently paying work. Employers willing to pay decently are not having any problem hiring.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday May 31, @05:05AM (1 child)

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday May 31, @05:05AM (#1140438) Journal

        apparently

        No evidence for this "apparently". It sure doesn't appear to me that way.