The New York State Bar Association Saturday passed a resolution urging the state to consider mandating COVID-19 vaccinations if “expert medical and scientific consensus” decides it is necessary. The resolution does not provide any exemptions for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. The group recommended only medical exemptions.
According to Law.com, the New York State Bar Association’s resolution had the majority support of its 277-member House of Delegates. In a statement, Mary Beth Morrissey, chair of the group’s Health Law Section’s Task Force on COVID-19, said:
“The authority of the state to respond to a public health crisis is well-established in constitutional law. It may become necessary to require that certain individuals or communities be vaccinated, such as health care workers and students, to protect the public’s health.”
But according to Precision Vaccinations, the mandate proposed by New York’s Bar Association is at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommendation on Oct. 22, which opposes mandatory vaccination policy on the premise that “the initial COVID-19 vaccines are considered ‘experimental’ without proven vaccine efficacy.”
Commenting on the Bar Association’s recommendation, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair and chief legal counsel for Children’s Health Defense, said, “The New York Bar Association, of which I am a member, this week abandoned its long history of defending civil and constitutional rights to engage in the practice of medicine.”