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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 14, 2021 02:59 PM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano and Sen. Chris Gebhard
To: All Senate members
Subject: Providing for Employee Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation to provide employee exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

For decades, scientists have recognized the ability of the human body to naturally fend off illness.  It is a proven fact that when a person is infected with a virus, the body naturally produces antibodies.  These antibodies offer protection to the individual from future infection. 

Researchers have been examining the lasting effects of those who were previously infected with COVID-19.  Although research is still ongoing, several prominent studies have concluded that previous infection produces antibodies that last at least for several months.

The National Institutes of Health conducted a study in February 2021 that examined about 330,000 individuals who had tested positive for antibodies.  After 90 days or more, only 0.3% of those who had tested positive for antibodies were reinfected with Covid-19.

According to the World Health Organization in a May 2021 study, “scientific data suggests in most people immune responses remain robust and protective against reinfection for at least 6-8 months after infection.”

Our legislation will allow all employers in Pennsylvania to offer two new exemptions from vaccination mandates related to COVID-19 if the employee can provide one of the following to their employer:
  • A positive antibody test on a basis of every three months from a licensed healthcare provider; or
  • A molecular diagnostic test result on a basis of every two weeks showing that the employee is not positive for COVID-19 
Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB968