ACT NOW CALIFORNIA: No Employee Should be Forced to Choose Between a Job and a Medical Procedure.
Our Stand: At-A-Glance
- COVID-19 is transitioning worldwide from a pandemic to an endemic, yet California policymakers are still pursing mandates for all employees in the state.
- AB 1993 introduced by Assembly Member Buffy Wicks requires all California public and private businesses to have their employees and independent contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 1, 2023. Even those who have decided to take the first or second dose will be affected by this bill as there is no information on the number of boosters that would be required in the future.
- It’s unacceptable to restrict the rights of individuals based on their personal health decisions or vaccine status. It’s even more egregious to discriminate against those who refuse to receive an experimental vaccine, especially one that has documented safety concerns, and for which there is no recourse in the event of injury or death.
- AB 1993 creates undue burden on employers: The California workforce is already stretched beyond capacity due to staff shortages, with local businesses struggling to stay operational.
- The bill does not account for natural immunity: Over 20% of Californians have tested positive with COVID-19, and many more likely have unknowingly had asymptomatic COVID-19. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, natural immunity was six times stronger than vaccination during the delta wave.
- No matter how hard the current administration, local policymakers, or even society in general pushes to justify their intrusion into an individual’s personal decision, no one should be forced to choose between a job and a medical procedure.
- AB 1993 will be heard in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday, March 30, at 1:30pm. Stand up for your basic human right for informed consent and to decline a medical intervention, we need your voice today. Please customize the email to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and urge them to oppose AB 1993, today. These policymakers need to hear your story, so please tell them how this will effect your family in California.
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