After concerns began to surface in the media of individuals “vaccine jumping” and inappropriately receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, legislation which would criminalize the vaccination of an individual who “jumps the line” was introduced. We opposed this bill, noting that the standards for vaccination are often ambiguous and rapidly shifting, and that such lack of clarity would make it extremely difficult to actually determine whether an individual has received a vaccine “out of turn” or not. This legislation further touched on a consistent point of concern for our organization – the unnecessary creation of new crimes and the redefinition of misconduct into criminal offenses.

Sponsors

Representative Charlene Lima

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Oppose