Florida introduces legislation to expand vaccine exemptions

A Florida senator introduced S.B. 636, which expands vaccine exemptions. The bill states that no vaccine can be mandated for employment, enrollment in school, or licensure unless the vaccine has undergone trials for at least one year against a control group and the vaccine manufacturer is willing to assume liability for potential adverse events. Some social media users and vaccine opponent groups are celebrating the bill online.

Risk level: Low

Recommendation: While conversations about vaccine mandates are unlikely to arise in a clinical setting, social media posts about this bill may provide a platform for vaccine opponents. It is recommended doctors in Florida be prepared to answer questions about routine vaccine safety. Messaging may emphasize that vaccines are rigorously tested and prevent severe illness and death.