SUPPORT WISCONSIN NATURAL IMMUNITY BILLS: AB 675 AND SB 662
Dear Wisconsin NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
Two bills have passed committee and are currently before the Wisconsin state legislature: AB 675 in the Assembly and SB 662 in the Senate. These bills allow individuals to submit natural antibody tests or past infection statements in lieu of COVID-19 vaccination to employers who are mandating the vaccine. Both bills have been amended (1) to also allow a simple notarized statement from an individual attesting recovery from a past COVID-19 infection, and (2) to require employers to notify employees in writing of their right to provide proof of natural immunity when faced with a vaccine mandate.
The Assembly has scheduled a vote for AB 675 today (Tuesday, Jan. 25th) at 1:00. Please call before 1:00 if possible. The Senate has not yet scheduled a vote for SB 662.
1) Contact your Wisconsin state representative and senator and ask them to support AB 675 and SB 662! Please see talking points below to use when contacting them. If you do not know who your Wisconsin state legislators are, login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal at http://nvicadvocacy.org/. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS tab. Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. You can click on your legislators’ names to get phone numbers, emails, and even links to their social media to connect to them. You can also find your state legislators at this link: http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/
2) Please share this email with family and friends, or you can tell them to go to http://nvicadvocacy.org/ and click on the alert for AB 675/SB 662.
3) Sign up to get NVIC’s Wisconsin “Heads Up” text alerts by texting “Wisconsin” to 202-618-5488.
4) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal OFTEN to check for updates. http://nvicadvocacy.org/. We review bills and make updates daily. Bills can change many times over the legislative process and your timely visits, calls, and emails directed at the correct legislators are critical to this process.
TALKING POINTS (Personalize to share how these bills affect you and your family):
- Some individuals have contracted and successfully recovered from COVID-19 at home without official proof from a medical services provider.
- Employer vaccine mandates should not be instituted in the first place. They are an intrusion into the personal autonomy of individuals to determine whether to put something into their own bodies.
- These mandates lay the groundwork for discrimination against individuals who are simply exercising personal discretion regarding their own medical choices.
- Vaccine mandates in the workplace shift the focus from health to vaccine status. It has been demonstrated that even vaccinated individuals are still capable of contracting and spreading COVID-19.
- Allowing employees to provide a notarized statement of their personal acknowledgement of recovery from COVID-19 provides them with an avenue to take ownership of their medical freedom when faced with an employer vaccine mandate.
- Symptoms of COVID-19, such as the loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath, are easily recognizable. It is perfectly feasible for someone to correctly determine that he or she had COVID-19, especially if the individual has knowledge of being around someone else who had the illness.
- Requiring employers to notify employees of their right to provide proof of natural immunity to COVID-19 would empower workers in Wisconsin to utilize this option.
Support For Natural Immunity
In late 2021, the CDC reported that over 146 million Americans had been infected with COVID-19 and they have no evidence that any person with natural immunity due to past infection has been able to transmit the virus to another individual.
A June 2021 preprint study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic Health System involving 52,238 employees found that “Not one of the 1,359 previously infected subjects who remained unvaccinated had a [Covid-19] infection over the duration of the study” and vaccination did not reduce the risk, and persons previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 were unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination.
An August 25, 2021 Israeli retrospective study, yet to undergo peer review, found that natural immunity “confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease, and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant.”
Natural immunity has long been recognized as superior to vaccine induced immunity. Vaccines have not been recommended to health care workers who have obtained natural immunity for infections such as measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. Survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic still had protective immunity 90 years later.
Limits on Testing Show Need for Personal Notarized Statement of Infection Recovery
Researchers, the WHO, and the New York Times, among others, have expressed concerns about the widespread use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for producing false positive results. Study comparisons difficult as there is NO standard number of replications (cycle thresholds) for the tests.
A positive PCR test does not confirm whether a person is currently sick or will become sick in the future, whether they are infectious or will become infectious, whether they are recovered or recovering from COVID-19, or whether the test identified a viral fragment from another coronavirus infection in the past. Tests can only report if the person has come into contact with coronavirus RNA.
PCR tests have been found to be incapable of distinguishing between live viruses and viral particles, and between SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.
Requiring that individuals who are COVID-19 positive based on the government issued OTC test and who do not require medical care for their symptoms to seek additional testing to confirm a positive result will put additional unnecessary burdens on our healthcare system. Additionally, an infected person may spread the virus to others by leaving their home for testing, instead of staying home to recover.
NVIC Advocacy Team
National Vaccine Information Center
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