GOP Reps Introduce Bill Requiring Federal Agencies to Recognize Natural Immunity Against COVID-19

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Posted: Oct 19, 2021 10:30 AM
GOP Reps Introduce Bill Requiring Federal Agencies to Recognize Natural Immunity Against COVID-19

Source: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File

On Monday, Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) introduced a bill requiring federal agencies to take into account naturally acquired immunity from a previous Wuhan coronavirus infection when issuing any measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

The bill, titled the “Natural Immunity is Real Act” states that agencies are to “truthfully present, and incorporate, the consideration of natural immunity as it pertains to COVID-19” and that nothing in the Act “shall be construed to allow for, or authorize, a Federal vaccination mandate.”

As we’ve previously covered, last month, President Biden announced new COVID-19 vaccine mandates that would require all federal workers to be vaccinated and require employers with over 100 workers to require the vaccine or be subject to regular testing. Shortly after, the Biden administration began pushing a booster shot campaign.

“[T]he Biden Administration must ‘follow the science’ and be open, honest and transparent about the millions of Americans who have natural immunity against the COVID-19 virus,” Harshbarger said in a press release. “[M]y bill is a necessary and timely legislative action resulting from President Biden’s continued politicization of COVID-19 which continues to create deep divisions among Americans, such as when he chillingly said his national vaccine mandate requirements are ‘not about freedom or personal choice.’ Now more than ever, we need to pursue every scientific measure — such as natural immunity — that can help mitigate the pandemic without threatening people’s jobs, our economy, or denying Americans access to everyday life activities based on COVID-19 vaccination status.”

Currently, the bill is co-sponsored by  Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and Chip Roy (R-TX).

“We are over a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has failed to recognize the effectiveness of natural immunity,” Van Drew said in the press release. “We know vaccines work, but natural immunity could be equally or similarly as effective in certain individuals. If the CDC would devote time into its research, we would have robust, evidence-based research that could help America finally move on from this virus.”

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