OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Legal and political controversy continues around vaccine mandates.
Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on two of the many lawsuits our state is a part of related to workplace requirements.
As state legislators return to Capitol Hill, we’ll see more bills echoing the views of some state officials on the immunization mandate.
Republicans have resisted federal vaccine regulations, and some now want to include those views in state law.
“I have been in the medical world for a long time and I have seen miracle drugs come and go. I mean, by now everyone has heard of Zantac causing cancer,” said Senator Rob Standridge of Norman.
The Republican pharmacy owner is talking about why he authored one of at least seven different bills filed for the 2022 session that would limit vaccine mandates in some way. .
Standridge’s bill would allow employees to bring claims against businesses if they were injured by forced shooting.
“I think if you, let someone put something in their body, you have to take responsibility for the outcome,” says Standridge.
Another vaccine bill submitted today by Senator David Bullard of Durant would make it “illegal for any federal or state agency, political subdivision, or any contractual business.” with the state requiring any resident of Oklahoma to submit or receive a vaccine for COVID19 or any variant thereof. ”
“This does not have any policy objective. Its goal is exceptional and explicit political control over public health policy,” said Senator Mary Boren of Norman.
Several Democrats in the Senate agree. They say the anti-vaccination mandated bills are more political and against the federal government than pandemic prevention.
“What the federal government does is not what we need to worry about at Capitol. We need to be concerned about the safety and welfare of the Oklahomans,” said Senator Julia Kirt of Oklahoma City.
Standridge agrees that politics has, unfortunately, become part of the process.
“I think during this pandemic, more than at any time that I’ve seen in my 30 years of healthcare, it’s become so politicized that I think more than ever it needs to be in the hands of every citizen,” said Standridge.
But the debate over the vaccine mandate is not always political. The Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce does not want to mandate or prohibit the use of vaccines.
“Whether the Biden administration does it or the Stitt administration does it, we oppose it because we think business owners and business leaders know what’s best for businesses and customers. theirs,” said Standridge.
The last day to submit the bill is next Thursday, so we could see even more vaccine mandate bills on the list that will begin in session on February 7th.
https://kfor.com/news/oklahoma-legislature/anti-vaccine-mandate-bills-abound-at-oklahoma-state-capitol/ Anti-vaccination authorization bills abound at the Oklahoma State Capitol