TULSA, Okla. – A new bill would ban all state agencies from requiring the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The bill seeks to protect Oklahomans from being punished if they refuse to be vaccinated. House Bill 2335 was heard on Monday and is heading to the Senate after narrowly passing.
Last month, the House passed it by 71 to 25 votes, pushing the bill through the Senate committee where it was passed by a single vote; 6 to 5.
Representative Kevin West, one of the 14 drafters of the bill, said vaccinations should be an individual choice and not mandatory.
“If that’s what you believe, I support him 100%. But again, this is 100% a personal choice and everyone has to make that decision, ”said Representative West.
Representative West says he chooses to forgo the vaccine. Meanwhile, health experts across the country say the vaccine is safe and effective and are urging people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.
This bill is now heading to the Senate floor for a vote.
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