Idaho State Lawmakers Propose Ban on mRNA Vaccines

Last Wednesday, two Idaho state Republican lawmakers, Sen. Tammy Nichols and Rep. Judy Boyle, introduced legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to administer mRNA vaccines....

Idaho State Lawmakers Propose Ban on mRNA Vaccines
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Facts

  • Last Wednesday, two Idaho state Republican lawmakers,  Sen. Tammy Nichols and Rep. Judy Boyle, introduced legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to administer mRNA vaccines.1
  • House Bill (HB) 154 was introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee. It states, 'A person may not provide or administer a vaccine developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual or any other mammal in this state.'2
  • As reasoning for the bill, Nichols said she was concerned that mRNA vaccines' development was 'fast-tracked,' with no 'liability,' 'access to data,' 'risk-benefit analysis' or 'informed consent.' She also cited 'concerns of blood clots and heart issues.'3
  • Democratic Rep. Ilana Rubel, however, pushed back against Nichols' assessment of the vaccine, raising questions about the Republican's claim that the vaccine's development was fast-tracked. If passed by the committee, it will go to the full House for debate.4
  • Despite Nichols' claims, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website states that the vaccine's 'benefits (such as prevention of COVID-19 cases and its severe outcomes) outweigh the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis.'3
  • This comes as, elsewhere, the Florida Surgeon General last week notified both the health sector and the public that, since the COVID vaccine rollout, there has been a 1,700% increase in [self-reported] Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports in Florida alone, compared to a 400% increase in vaccine administration. Reports of life-threatening conditions have reportedly increased by over 4,400%.5

Sources: 1Idaho press, 2[your]news, 3FOX News, 4AlterNet and 5Florida department of health.

Narratives

  • Left narrative, as provided by Forbes. This is a political stunt aimed at threatening healthcare providers who administer life-saving vaccinations, all to appease the anti-vaxxer faction of the right. Though the CDC, WHO, and various medical journals have all presented facts to the contrary, Idaho's GOP has chosen to ignore the science and punish doctors. If they were truly concerned with health rather than politics, the lawmakers would go after the pharma companies that developed the vaccine.
  • Right narrative, as provided by Newstreason.com. VAERS reports are made by both individual vaccine recipients and healthcare providers, so these data are not to be taken lightly. States have a right to study, question, and legislate based on vaccine research. This issue has become politicized, but not because of so-called anti-vaxxer right-wingers. Left-wing media outlets and Big Tech have censored reports of vaccine injuries, and it's about time officeholders held the rich and powerful to account.