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Oklahoma lawmaker submits bill to waive current employees’ immunization duty

FILE - On January 21, 2021, file photo, a paramedic prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, California.  (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE – On January 21, 2021, file photo, a paramedic prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, California. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed a bill that would ensure that current employees are exempt from certain vaccine duties.

Senator Blake Cowboy Stephens introduced Senate Bill 1128, also known as the “Employee Freedom and Freedom Act.”

Under this measure, it would be illegal for any employer to require their current employees to submit or use any vaccines or medications as a condition of employment.

“My heart goes to the hard-working employees who have spent decades on the job only to be told they must be fired or they will be fired,” Stephens said. “For older workers, they may not be able to find other work in their field. My bill simply says you cannot change the rules for your current employee. If an employer wants to initiate a requirement for a vaccine as a condition of employment, it cannot be retroactively applied — it will only apply to new hires who already know the rules. What is it from day one. ”

Stephens said he is concerned about loyal workers suddenly facing a new requirement that could force them to quit.

Senate Bill 1128 can be seen as the next legislative session.

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-lawmaker-files-bill-to-exempt-current-employees-from-vaccine-mandates/ Oklahoma lawmaker submits bill to waive current employees’ immunization duty

JACLYN DIAZ

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