Bill Description: S1225 provides a path for employees to decline an employer mandated Covid-19 vaccine.
Analyst Note: S1225 is one of several pieces of legislation introduced during the November meeting of the 2021 session to address the issue of vaccine mandates in Idaho.
Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?
S1225 creates Section 44-907, Idaho Code, to allow for employees to decline an employer mandated Covid-19 vaccine by submitting a signed statement saying they understand the risks and do not consent to receive the vaccine.
Additionally, it states, "The employer must describe the exemption provided in this section and provide a citation to this section in any communication to employees regarding required COVID-19 immunizations."
Problematically, this bill does nothing to protect the privacy and personal medical information of individuals. Instead, it endorses the idea that employers can set health mandates and require signed statements regarding personal health decisions. Such decisions should be between an individual and their healthcare provider and the disclosure of such information should not be required for employment.