On April 22, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1509, which was authored by Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Philip Gunn, a fellow Republican, and passed by the GOP-controlled upper and lower houses of the Mississippi Legislature.
HB 1509 declares COVID-19 vaccination requirements and passports an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for state offices and agencies and other public institutions to engage in because it unfairly denies a person access to public services on the basis of “the person’s vaccination status or whether the person has an immunity passport.” (Related: Louisiana House of Representatives passes bill that bans state and local governments from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.)
This ban extends to state agencies, public officials and public agencies in counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions in the state. It also covers public universities and community and junior colleges.
The newly signed law also prohibits covered employers from requiring the vaccine for current applicants or as a condition of employment for future applicants. It also prevents discriminating against unvaccinated employees in terms of compensation or other benefits.
The law also prevents public and private schools and other facilities “intended for the instruction of children” from requiring children to get vaccinated as a condition of attending school.
Furthermore, HB 1509 ensures that employees who have “a sincerely held religious objection” to taking the experimental and deadly COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to receive one.
Many states still have COVID-19 vaccination or vaccine passport requirements that unfairly limit the ability of Americans to participate in daily life as full members of society. Fortunately for Mississippi, this legislation ensures that such an instance will never happen in the state.
Vaccine mandate ban a win for health and religious freedom in Mississippi
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve encouraged Mississippians to consult with their doctor, study the facts and decide what’s best for them and their families,” said Reeves in a statement.
“I’ve made clear that government shouldn’t be in the business of forcing Americans to choose between the COVID-19 vaccine and putting food on their tables, sending their kids to school or visiting a small business. I’m proud to sign this legislation which protects Mississippians’ medical and religious freedoms,” he concluded.
However, the bill includes some exceptions for medical entities, which are still allowed to discriminate against people based on their vaccination status.
For instance, healthcare facilities are allowed to ask employees, patients and other visitors whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 if doing so can help the institution “make reasonable accommodation measures to protect the safety and health of employees, patients, visitors and other persons from COVID-19.”
Healthcare providers are also exempted if following the mandate would result in violations of any guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more stories about COVID-19 vaccine mandates at Vaccines.news.
The United States still has vaccine mandates everywhere. Watch this video and see Owen Shroyer of InfoWars interview a frontline nurse regarding the mistreatment of unvaccinated members of the armed forces.
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