Are we facing forced vaccination?

September 27, 2020 10:45 AM | Kentucky Medical Freedom Coalition (Administrator)

KY Constitutional Attorney, Chris Wiest stated the following.

​"The next battle and uproar, I expect will be on forced vaccination. No, there is no vaccine now. It is in phase III testing. Best guess is early 2021.
But Kentucky law does permit forced vaccination. KRS 214.036:

“Provided, however, that in the event of an epidemic in a given area, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may, by emergency regulation, require the immunization of all persons within the area of epidemic, against the disease responsible for such epidemic.”

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=8778

Proponents argue it is necessary to protect community health. Those opposed see it as a matter of fundamental liberty and autonomy.
On a federal level, it’s highly likely to be constitutional under Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

On a state level, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this, considering we sort of litigated the issue, on the chicken pox vaccine, up to the Kentucky Supreme Court, and lost, and there were legitimate religious objections in that case that implicated Kentucky’s RFRA. And still forced vaccination okay.

If it’s something you don’t want to happen, it’s in the hands of your state legislators. If it’s something you care about, you should ask your legislators where they stand on this issue and if you are opposed ask them to repeal this and prohibit forced vaccinations. And then vote accordingly."

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