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House Bill 307 — MRNA vaccine, misdemeanor

House Bill 307 — MRNA vaccine, misdemeanor

Parrish Miller
March 14, 2023

Bill Description: House Bill 307 would make it a misdemeanor to provide or administer a vaccine developed using mRNA technology to a human.

Rating: -1

NOTE: House Bill 307 is similar to House Bill 154, introduced earlier this session. While House Bill 154 applied to both humans and other mammals, House Bill 307 applies only to humans. 

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?

House Bill 307 would create Section 18-926, Idaho Code, which would say, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may not provide or administer a vaccine developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual in this state." It would further stipulate that "a person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor."

Messenger ribonucleic acid technology, more commonly referred to as mRNA, is the experimental technology that was rushed into production in various COVID-19 injections under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority granted by the FDA to various pharmaceutical companies. 

There is an ongoing debate about the underlying technologies of these vaccines and their associated risks. That’s because the vaccines did not go through the normal testing and evaluation process that is required for bringing a new medical product to market.

House Bill 307 implements a ban on administering these products to humans, though it would not limit other uses or testing (as happens when substances are listed as Schedule I drugs.) 

It will take many years of research and observation to fully analyze the safety and effectiveness of mRNA-based vaccines, but criminalizing their use in humans is an overly heavy-handed approach on the part of state government. 


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