NVIC has grouped the bills that passed, which NVIC supported, into the following categories:
- Prohibiting COVID-19 Mandates or Passports
- Adding or Expanding Exemptions to COVID-19 Mandates
- Improving Vaccine Exemptions and Limiting Mandates other than COVID-19
- Limiting Emergency Powers
- Prohibiting Discrimination over COVID-19 Vaccine Status
- Acknowledging Natural Immunity
- Prohibiting Discrimination based on any Vaccination Status
- Limiting and Eliminating Vaccine Tracking
Prohibiting COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates or Passports
Businesses and state and local government entities go too far when they require patrons, employees or citizens to receive injections of biological products that can injure or kill them and have unknown future consequences. People need the protection granted by laws when government entities or private business violate informed consent rights, such as requiring use of a pharmaceutical product, which carries known and unknown risks that can be greater for some people, as a condition of holding a job or getting a school education. There were 14 bills passed in this legislative session that affected 11 states and prohibited COVID-19 vaccine mandates or vaccine passports, which NVIC supported or contained sections that NVIC supported.
- Arizona HB 2498 — Prohibits government entities from requiring COVID-19 vaccination, except healthcare institutions owned or operated by the state.
- Arizona HB 2371 — Prohibits government entities from requiring children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent.
- Arizona HB 2086 — Prohibits the Arizona Department of Health Services director from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for children to attend school.
- Georgia SB 345 — Prohibits state and local governmental entities and schools from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for services.
- Iowa HF 2298 — Prohibits COVID-19 vaccine mandates for childcare, school and college until July 1, 2029.
- Indiana HB 1001 — Prohibits government entities from requiring vaccine passports with exceptions and allows employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines with limited exemptions. (Also posted in “Adding Exemptions to COVID-19 Mandates”)
- Michigan HB 5783 — Prohibits requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination and provides privacy protection in a Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Budget bill.
- Missouri HB 1606 — Prohibits political subdivisions including cities, towns, villages, schools, etc. from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employment, but this does not apply to healthcare facilities or ambulance services.
- Mississippi HB 1509 — Prohibits state agencies from refusing service or discriminating against a person based on COVID-19 vaccination status (with some exceptions), and prohibits COVID-19 vaccine mandates for school attendance. (Also posted in “Prohibiting Discrimination over COVID-19 Vaccine Status”)
- New Hampshire HB 1455 — Prohibits state and local enforcement of federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates with a healthcare facility exception.
- New Hampshire HB 1495 — Prohibits governmental entities from forcing businesses to require proof of any vaccination including COVID-19 and prohibits passports demonstrating evidence of “immunity.” (Also posted in “Improving Vaccine Exemptions and Limiting Mandates Other than COVID”)
- South Carolina H 3126 — Prohibits the state and schools from mandating COVID-19 vaccine, allows payment of unemployment benefits for fired employees, and prohibits discrimination against persons who have not received COVID-19 vaccine in public accommodations. (Also posted in “Prohibiting Discrimination over COVID-19 Vaccine Status”)
- Tennessee SB 1884 — Prevents sections of a current good law passed in 2021, which prohibits government COVID-19 vaccine mandates, from expiring on July 1, 2023.
- West Virginia HB 4012 — Prohibits requiring COVID-19 vaccination for entry to state entities and hospitals unless the federal government requires it.