NJ lawmaker wants complete ban on all vaccine requirements


Some concert halls, restaurants, breweries and other venues in New Jersey now require proof of vaccination to enter the establishment.

A Garden State lawmaker is proposing a plan to completely ban this type of requirement, or any type of vaccine passport.

State Sen. Edward Durr, R-Gloucester, introduced legislation, S-831, that prohibits any person or any type of entity from requesting or demanding personal health information about an individual.

It’s personal

The lawmaker, who ousted former state senate speaker Steve Sweeney, said whether you want a COVID shot is a personal choice.

“It is clear that you are being discriminated against because of your medical condition when you are told that you cannot enter a building because you do not have the vaccine,” he said.

Durr said his bill is sort of the flip side of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

“HIPAA works where agencies are not allowed to release your information. This prevents an agency from asking. It’s basically a privacy bill,” he said.

It’s none of my business, he said

“I’m about personal choice. It’s no different than if someone wants to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, damage their liver or their lungs, it’s a personal choice that doesn’t affect me,” he said.

He also said that during the recent omicron surge, we learned that the vaccine does not prevent you from testing positive or transmitting the virus.

According to updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines can also help prevent serious illness and death.

bad advice

Durr said he doesn’t have a personal issue with Phil Murphy when it comes to COVID rules and regulations, but “I think the governor is either taking bad advice or getting bad advice – somehow. another, things need to be put back in the hands of the people.

He added that he expects lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support the measure because getting vaccinated is a personal choice and denying someone their basic rights because of that choice shouldn’t. to be allowed.

“It’s a form of discrimination and I don’t think anyone can condone discrimination,” Durr said.

People gather at City Hall to protest vaccination mandates in New York

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The bill prohibits entities from discriminating in the provision of goods, services or other benefits against a person who refuses to provide personal health information.

The restrictions established under the Durr Bill do not apply to a healthcare professional directly or indirectly providing physical or mental health care services or where federal law expressly permits the information to be requested or required.

You can contact journalist David Matthau at [email protected]

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