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New York has proposed legislation that would mandate the COVID-19 vaccine if too few residents receive it voluntarily.

According to the bill’s support memo, health experts have concluded the vaccine will be necessary to develop herd immunity and ultimately stop the spread of COVID.

“The state must make efforts to promote vaccination and ensure that a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19 to develop sufficient immunity.”

The Department of Health would have the authority to “mandate vaccination” to those who can safely receive it if New Yorkers are not developing “sufficient immunity from COVID.”

Sufficient immunity, however, is not defined in the legislation.

The bill would allow medical exemptions from a mandatory vaccine if someone receives a letter from a licensed medical professional.

You can read the legislation here.

Author: Jacob Hall