COLUMBUS—State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Township) recently gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 193, legislation that prohibits organizational entities and employers from mandating an influenza vaccination as a term of employment.

The legislation protects Ohioans from repercussions if they refuse an influenza vaccine, thus empowering them to make their own decisions regarding their health care without putting their job in jeopardy. In an effort to act on concerns brought forward by medical professionals in the 50th House District, Rep. Hagan noted in testimony the possible risks and low efficacy rate of flu vaccines and maintained that mandating vaccination is a violation of personal freedom.

“Many respected medical professionals have left their place of employment or switched careers to protect themselves from employer-mandated flu vaccines,” Rep. Hagan said. “I am proud to support individuals’ rights to informed consent while defending Ohioans’ jobs.”

In addition to receiving sponsor testimony in the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, the bill also received proponent testimony last week from individuals such as hospital employees, pharmacists and other Ohio citizens.

State Rep. Hagan is currently serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 50th House District, which includes portions of Stark County.

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