Mississippi bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Mississippi bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Mississippi bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A new Mississippi law prohibits government offices and schools from discriminating against citizens who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, the governor’s office says.

Governor Tate Reeves announced the signing of House Bill 1509 on Friday. The law means that Mississippi public and private schools, from kindergarten to college, cannot require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to go to school.

It also specifies that government agencies, government officials, government institutions of higher education, public or secondary schools, counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions cannot exclude people from employment or compensation because of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Nor can companies require employees to receive the vaccine if they have a “sincere religious objection.”

“Throughout the pandemic, I have encouraged Mississippians to consult with their physician, study the facts, and decide what is best for them and their families,” Reeves said in a written statement. “I have made it clear that the government should not be in the process of forcing Americans to choose between the COVID-19 vaccine and putting food on their tables, sending their children to school or visiting a small business. I am proud of to sign this legislation, which protects the medical and religious freedoms of the Mississippi. “

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