Speaker Sheldon Silver recently introduced Assembly Bill 10942, the most irresponsible, un-democratic and dangerous public health measure every sent to the Assembly. This is no time to transfer vaccine decisions away from individuals and elected officials answerable to the voters and give it to obscure bureaucrats with financial ties to the vaccine industry. The power of the state should not be used to force people, especially infants and toddlers, to use poorly tested, questionably useful, and frequently unsafe pharmaceutical products. Instead individuals in New York should have the same right as half the other people in the US to a philosophical exemption to vaccine mandates by passing S3031/A5469.
· Our elected New York representatives would no longer determine the mandatory schedule of vaccines to attend school. Isn’t this the whole point of having elected officials?
· Decisions made by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices would automatically become mandatory. The ACIP has a classic “revolving door” to the vaccine industry and many sitting members of the committee vote and participate in discussions on products and for companies in which they have direct financial interests.
· All children, infants and toddlers included, in New York would be required to get all vaccines recommended by the ACIP according to the ACIP schedule regardless of the concerns of parents about the safety, efficacy and necessity of this rapidly growing list of shots.
· The rules committee claims that the new laws would have no fiscal impact on the state despite the necessity of the state to spend tens of millions on purchasing new vaccines, a vast increase in mandatory record keeping and enforcement for schools, and a huge increase that could be expected in the number of vaccine-caused injuries.
This bill isn’t worthy of sponsorship and I assure you that I will do everything possible to defeat any elected official who supports this bill in any way.