(NewsReady.com) – As vaccine mandates become more prevalent across the country, many people are resisting. For some, their refusal to get the jab is not about whether the shots work or not — it’s trust in their own immune system. House Republicans are taking those people seriously and introducing bills to protect them.
Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and 10 other House Republicans introduced the “Natural Immunity Is Real Act,” a companion bill to a piece of legislation in the Senate. The bill would require federal agencies to “acknowledge, accept, and agree to truthfully present, natural immunity” to COVID-19 exists and take it into consideration when putting regulations into place. Natural immunity refers to the antibodies created naturally by a person’s body after an infection.
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— Rep. Diana Harshbarger (@RepHarshbarger) October 27, 2021
Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) said too many leaders are trying to ignore science, leading to “confusion, misinformation, and mistrust.” He said natural immunity provides protection that’s “real, robust, and durable.”
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) is also trying to protect people who have existing antibodies to the virus. He introduced the Options Over Terminations Act to allow people with natural immunity to receive an exemption from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
It’s unclear whether Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will allow either of the bills to move forward.
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