In support of Bill 5044

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As I have discussed publicly in the past as a disabled, chronically ill constituent residing in State Sen. Will Haskell’s and State Rep. Lucy Dathan’s districts, my well-being is dependent on herd immunity. While I believe in individual rights – and the right to religious freedom – the science cannot be disputed.

Save for medical fragility, it is catastrophically unwise for healthy citizens to deny immunizations. This is a public health crisis that endangers the unvaccinated person as well as the innocent, immunocompromised bystander. It is imperative the state protect its most vulnerable: the sick, the elderly, and the young.

I support Bill 5044 and expect the elected legislators to take their responsibility gravely in making the only morally sound and evidence-based decision this legislative session so as to prevent further harm.

Thank you for your time,

Alyssa MacKenzie


John Levin February 17, 2020 at 11:05 am

Thank you, Alyssa. I expect the vast majority of Connecticut residents are in agreement. Sadly, a small but highly vocal minority of badly mis-informed anti-vaxxers and people who seek to retain and expand religious privileging for every purpose will seek to make Bill 5044 debatable and controversial. Ever wonder why there is no state-wide religious exemption for child safety seats in automobiles?

I too expect our elected representatives to act responsibly, follow the best available science, and protect public health and safety.

John Miller February 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Thank you, Alyssa. Hopefully, our elected representatives in Hartford will get this done to protect the health of the citizens whom they represent.

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