Bill gives Utah workers exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine

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Bill gives Utah workers exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine

The legislation does appear to allow them to be assigned to other duties.

Governor Spencer Cox has threatened a veto of any bill that blocks private employers from mandating the vaccine.

If it passes the full legislature, the bill would go into effect upon the governor’s signature. Or, if Governor Spencer Cox vetoes it, upon a veto override.

Story Highlights

  • Senate Bill 2004, sponsored by Sen. Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, allows employees to claim the medical, religious and personal exemptions already allowed under Utah law. However, it also blocks employers from firing or refusing to hire employees who refuse to be vaccinated.

  • Republican leaders on Utah’s Capitol Hill have repeatedly said that they oppose government vaccine mandates. However, they have supported the right of private businesses to mandate it on their own. That position has changed among some lately, with House leadership expressing a desire to set some guardrails on it.