Ohio may prohibit employers from punishing workers who don’t get vaccinated

Employers, including hospitals, could not punish or fire workers who refuse to be vaccinated against contagious diseases such as the flu, measles or TB, under a bill pending in the Ohio House.

Using his famous name, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a well known author and environmentalist, threw his support behind Ohio’s anti-vaccination movement at a Statehouse event on Wednesday. Pending in the Ohio House is a bill to bar employers from mandating vaccinations as a condition of employment.

Support comes from two schools of thought: those leery of the safety and efficacy of vaccinations and those who believe individual rights should be paramount.

Last month, Kennedy’s sister, brother and niece published an opinion column saying that he is wrong about vaccines.

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