Lawmakers hit brakes on House anti-vaccine mandate bill


Rep. Rick Carfagna, a Delaware Republican, discusses newly introduced legislation that would provide three exemptions for employees from being required to receive a coronavirus vaccine, including showing proof of natural antibodies from COVID-19, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. The other exemptions are for employees who can show evidence of negative medical reactions to the vaccine, and reasons of conscience including religious convictions. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) — House Republicans have put the brakes on a fast-tracked bill limiting employers’ ability to require that workers receive the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment.

The legislation would allow public and private employees to secure exemptions from mandated coronavirus vaccinations for three main reasons, including proving they have immunity from a case of COVID-19.

Bill sponsors predicted the measure would receive a full Ohio House vote Wednesday.

But House Speaker Bob Cupp, a Lima Republican, said the chamber needs more time to consider it.

Numerous groups on both sides of the vaccination mandate issue came out Wednesday in opposition.

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