Indiana’s Vaccine Exemption Bill Moves Forward, Faces GOP Obstacles | Health

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans pushed through a proposal on Tuesday that would drastically limit COVID-19 vaccination requirements in the workplace, even though the move faces resistance from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the GOP State Senate.

The Republican-dominated Indiana House voted 57 to 35, largely along party lines, in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

Proponents argue the bill would protect individual rights by requiring employers to grant exemptions to workers who cite medical or religious objections and limiting them to requiring COVID-19 tests no more than once a week. Major trade organizations have opposed the proposed vaccination exemptions, which employers would have to accept from workers “without further investigation”.

Republican House Majority Leader Matt Lehman of Bern said he encourages people to get vaccinated, but workers shouldn’t lose their jobs because they don’t want to get vaccinated against the virus. COVID-19.

The vote comes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to block the Biden administration’s attempt to require COVID-19 vaccinations or testing for workers at big companies. The court, however, left a federal vaccination requirement for most healthcare workers.

Holcomb and senior Senate officials opposed the bill as improperly interfering in private business decisions.

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