An Oklahoma Senate law could allow employees of private entities and the government to sue their employers for as much as $1 million over health problems coming from COVID-19 vaccines.
Republican State Senator Rob Standridge (OK) introduced the Senate Bill No. 1106, the “Citizen Health Mandate Protection,” recently. The bill would give a path for workers to sue their employers over medical problems connected to any operations that were made mandatory as a condition of their employment. If an employee is injured by a forced medical procedure, the employer can now be liable for up to $1 million.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines were deemed safe after the evaluation of data from “tens of thousands of participants within clinical trials.” The CDC also reports that serious “side effects that might cause long-term health issues are not likely after any vaccination, including the coronavirus vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has normally revealed that side effects usually happen within six weeks of getting a vaccine. Because of this, the FDA required every COVID-19 vaccines to be reviewed for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of Americans have taken a vaccine, with no long-term side effects being detected.”
The legislation comes after the Joe Biden White House unveiled a new labor law, around 500 pages long that mandates all federal contractors and workers get vaccinated against COVID-19. The rule also says that employees at companies with 100 workers or more either get vaccinated or take regular tests.
“Many Oklahomans might not know that vaccines have liability protection from the government,” Standridge said in a comment. “If an employee is forced to get the vaccine or some other medical treatment as a term of employment and it leads to that person being harming, our people need to know they will have some recourse that will give them meaningful relief. That is what my bill will do.”
Biden’s vaccine order is now in legal limbo after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stopped the regulation after getting a lot of legal challenges. The court ruled those challenges “give reason to believe there are grave constitutional problems with the Mandate.”
Author: Scott Dowdy