Gov. Ricketts signs COVID-19 vaccine exemption bill into law
LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) - Nebraska’s governor signed a bill into law Monday that would allow state residents to claim a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The newly signed law, LB 906e, applies to employers of one or more persons, including state agencies and political subdivisions. Additionally, the bill has an emergency clause that will make it go into effect on March 1, 2022.
“Sweeping COVID vaccine mandates fail to account for individuals’ medical conditions and religious convictions,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts in a press release. “Unlike the federal government, the Nebraska Legislature recognizes that.”
The newly signed law also directs the state’s health department to create a COVID-19 vaccine exemption form, which can be viewed here. Officials say Nebraskans can use the form to indicate that COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with their religious beliefs or practices.
The form can also be used to file for a medical exemption. But in addition to the form, Nebraskans must also provide a statement signed by a healthcare practitioner that advises that COVID-19 vaccination is “inadvisable or ought to be delayed given the individual’s medical condition.”
This exemption does not apply to the federal government, tribal governments or workers covered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vaccine mandate. Also, this law pertains to COVID-19 vaccinations only. It does not apply to workplace requirements for COVID-19 testing or the use of personal protective equipment.
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