SACRAMENTO – California State Senator Melissa Melendez (R- Lake Elsinore) introduced SCR 59 today, which encourages the Legislature to amend current law preventing the discrimination against those making informed decisions not to receive a COVID vaccine.
“Californians have a right to decide what they choose to put in their bodies without being threatened with their jobs by government or employers,” said Melissa Melendez. “For an entire year, COVID vaccines were held out to be dangerous by political elites, who only now support strong mandates. Our Constitution allows free-thinking people to take responsibility and make decisions for themselves and their families; and those decisions should be free from retaliation or coercion by their government.”
Put simply, SCR 59 confirms the Legislature’s resolve to amend California Health and Safety Code Section 120140 with future legislation to support the constitutional mandate that “all people are by nature free and independent…”. These changes would ensure that Californians must provide consent for any preventative, diagnostic or therapeutic medical interventions taken by the state with regards to a disease and its potential spread and the decision to withhold consent will not result in any disadvantage.
“Cities across this state have or are considering mandates seeking to segregate out the vaxxed from the unvaxxed” said Melendez. “California shouldn’t promote the open discrimination of those who’ve made a choice when substantial outbreaks in highly vaccinated places like Israel, Malta and Vermont make it obvious that an increase in vaccination rates doesn’t necessarily guarantee a reduction in COVID cases. Asking for passports or papers to verify your vaccine status to ride a bus, attend school or receive benefits is simply un-American.”