Missouri bills against vaccination mandates move through GOP House

Bills to ban public employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccination, ensure unvaccinated patients can still get organ transplants, and enact other protections for workers who don’t get the vaccine advanced Monday in the Missouri GOP-led house.

House members advanced the measures in a vocal vote, galvanized by the rejection of even the suggestion of vaccination mandates in public and private businesses in Missouri.

A bill would ensure that unvaccinated people still receive unemployment benefits if they are fired for not being vaccinated and would not be excluded from organ transplants.

A second bill would prohibit public employers from requiring vaccinations, except for nursing homes and other health care facilities that must mandate vaccinations in order to obtain federal funding.

Representatives gave their initial approval to the bills in voice votes.

Republican Representative J. Eggleston, who said he donated an organ to help his unvaccinated wife, argued for the rule on transplants.

“This comply-or-die nonsense from those in power is just ridiculous,” Eggleston said.

Bipartisan critics have said it should be left to doctors and other health care experts to decide who is eligible for organ transplants.

Republican Representative Jonathan Patterson, a surgeon, said transplant recipients take drugs designed to shut down their immune systems so their bodies don’t reject the new organ. He said it puts them at greater risk of catching and getting sicker from COVID-19 after surgery.

Patterson said limits on who receives organ transplants are designed to ensure recipients have the best chance of recovery.

“I would hate to be that person that was second in line and watch that organ go to somebody else and then they die of COVID two weeks later because they didn’t want to get vaccinated,” he said. declared.

A second approval vote is needed for the measures to move to the state Senate, which has accomplished little so far this session amid an ongoing redistricting struggle.

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