Last month, we asked you to speak out about a dangerous pair of bills that would expand religious exemptions for the Covid-19 vaccine, putting innumerable Tennesseans and Americans at risk. With your help, one of those bills failed in its House committee, but the other bill passed its committee despite opposition from voters. Now the Senate has introduced its own version of a blanket Covid-19 vaccine exemption.
The bill, SB 187, would prohibit any state or local authorities from “coercing” anyone to get the vaccine, including imposing vaccine requirements for public spaces such as schools or public buildings. When people choose not to vaccinate, it not only compromises their health, but also jeopardizes the “herd immunity” for those who cannot receive vaccinations for health reasons or because of their age. When these people are allowed to freely enter public spaces, the health and safety of untold numbers of Tennesseans is put at risk.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has a hearing scheduled on this bill this Thursday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. local time. Please take a few moments to contact the members of this committee and urge them to vote no on this bill. Click on the red “Take Action” link below to be connected to the committee members and feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided.