|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: