NJ Republicans Introduce Bill to Recognize Natural Immunity as Satisfying Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements

Two Republican state Senators – Joe Pennacchio and Michael Testa – have introduced legislation that could allow a person’s naturally developed immunity resulting from a prior COVID-19 infection to satisfy vaccination requirements imposed on workplaces, schools, or any other entity in the state.

“We don’t think anyone should be discriminated against due to their vaccination status, personal health decisions, or desire for medical privacy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “However, to the extent that Governor Murphy and others have imposed burdensome vaccine mandates already, we believe those requirements should be based on science and recognize the significant protection and natural immunity that results from a person’s prior COVID-19 infection.”

The senators said a growing body of scientific evidence supports incorporating the consideration of natural immunity into public policy, which could impact nearly 1.2 million New Jerseyans who have had confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19, as reported by the state dashboard.

That was the case made in a recent Washington Post editorial by a professor from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who expressed dismay that elected leaders and public health officials seem afraid to acknowledge the power of natural immunity, which is well proven by data.

In the piece, Dr. Marty Makary pointed to more than 15 significant studies demonstrating how “the emerging science suggests that natural immunity is as good as or better than vaccine-induced immunity.”

“Real people are being fired, kicked out of college, and discriminated against in various ways due to vaccine mandates imposed by Governor Murphy and others,” said Testa (R-1). “It’s modern segregation that’s not the least bit based on the latest science. Our bill is an effort to save more than a million New Jerseyans with natural immunity from unnecessary harm, discrimination, and compliance burden.”

Pennachio and Testa’s new legislation, S-4136, would allow entities to accept a person’s verbal confirmation that they have natural immunity due to a prior COVID-19 infection to satisfy any vaccination or testing requirement that may be imposed as a condition of employment or to receive services, participate in activities, attend school or college, or gain admission to a place or venue.

The bill would not supersede any federal laws, rules, or orders requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter a facility.

Governor Murphy has issued mandates forcing hundreds of thousands of workers across New Jersey to demonstrate proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or provide negative COVID-19 test results on a frequent basis as a condition of employment.

He has signed a string of executive orders rapidly extending vaccine and test requirements to the entire State workforce, preschool and school personnel, public and private health care workers, child care personnel, state contractors, and others.

Other public and private employers have followed the Murphy administration’s lead in imposing similar requirements on their workforces, while a number of public and private colleges have imposed strict vaccine mandates on their students.

Further, the Murphy administration and the Senate and Assembly Democrat majorities have enacted public access restrictions for the New Jersey State House in Trenton that will take effect on December 1.

Under the new policy, which Senate Republicans forcefully opposed, anyone not presenting proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test will be refused entry to the “people’s house.”

“If you’re one of the nearly 1.2 million New Jerseyans who has recovered from COVID, our bill says you might not have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to go to work, attend school, or enter a venue,” said Testa. “You would only have to tell those requesting proof of vaccination or a negative test that you’ve had COVID already.”

“To be clear, our legislation isn’t an endorsement of vaccine passports or of any other mandates or restrictions on New Jerseyans,” added Pennacchio. “We just believe the gross failure to account for natural immunity in current policy is so egregious it couldn’t be ignored.”

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  1. Why are they writing a bill to allow verbal testimony to be enough, if now for vaccine you need proof and not just verbal. Shouldn’t they instead just allow proof of recovery, or immunity through antibody testing.

  2. This is pure common sense but Murphy is under the influence (read gets paid off) from Big Pharma companies in NJ…..It’s about time! Can’t wait till 2022 until we kick out all these bums!

  3. It’s a מחלוקת (unclear) if natural antibodies are enough; don’t play with your life, get vaccinated; the food we eat, the air we breath is 10 times more intoxicated.

    • It’s NO machlokos. Everyone agrees that natural immunity works.

      The only question is how long it lasts, the same question with the vaccine(s). And, most studies (from Israel and elsewhere) show that natural immunity lasts longer than (at least) 2 of the 3 vaccines, if not all 3.

    • Theres no machlokes that the vaccine is not very effective and that there are serious dangers and risks from taking it. Read VAERS and don’t ignore it. It’s an early warning system for a reason.

      • a 16 year old girl in Rehovot just died a few days after taking the pfizer shot. had terrible headaches immediatly after the shot and then a few days later is not with us. I agree, dont play with your life, DONT GET THE SHOT

  4. THANK YOU!! Finally some individuals standing up to all the madness going on! There is nothing logical about mandating a vaccine that gives you not much to gain and everything to lose!

  5. WE can only rely on Hashem. The end is of the article is so true. Any mandate is not okay. Leave us alone. We know how to treat this and take care of ourselves without the government bossing us around.

  6. Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of the unvaccinated who have had covid and even still have antibodies! There is no reason for us to have to take a vaccine if we have natural immunity.

  7. Although I am a staunch pro-vaxxer, I also realize that having had covid is as good as a vaccine. The problem is that there is no government tracking and anyone can say that they had it. There is no control. Proof of having anti-bodies needs to be provided while controlling for fakers.

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