California bill would make vax mandatory for employment — Analysis
Democratic members of state assembly are pushing for all workers to be vaccinated against Covid.
Democratic California legislators have presented a bill which will require employers to fully insure their employees against Covid-19. Fines or other punishments may be imposed.
California State Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks – a Democrat who worked on former President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns – introduced the bill on Thursday alongside fellow Democratic assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Evan Low, and Akilah Weber.
“This bill would require an employer to require each person who is an employee or independent contractor, and who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to show proof to the employer, or an authorized agent thereof, that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19,”Proposed bill exempts only patients with medical conditions “sincerely held religious belief”This would stop them getting vaccinated.
The state would require employers to prove to them that their employees have complied by January 23, or they could face severe penalties.
If the bill is passed, only an advisory by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be sufficient to repeal it.
Wicks had previously written a different version of the bill that would have allowed employees to take weekly tests instead. However, this provision was removed from the Thursday bill.
She claimed that her bill had a value of about “getting back to some sense of normalcy so we can go on with our lives.”
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California State Senator Scott Wiener was co-author of the bill and declared it in a statementThat “the path to normalcy is through broad vaccination. Period.”
Wiener is a coauthor of several California controversial bills. One such bill was a 2017 one that reduced the punishment for infecting someone with HIV from being a felony and made it a misdemeanor. In October 2017, the bill passed.