Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would hold hospitals accountable if they deny care to patients who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
It would also protect the rights of vulnerable patients to make their own decisions about their health without being penalized, according to the senator.
The legislation is currently co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
“The COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act will protect the rights of vulnerable patients to make their own health care choices and ensure that federal taxpayer dollars do not support facilities that turn away patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.”
No Reason to Deny CareBishop also noted that there is “no reason that medical facilities should deny care to people based on their COVID-19 vaccination status, and there’s certainly no reason for institutions that do so to receive any federal funding.”
“The commitment to care for those who are sick or injured carries with it a duty to treat in other circumstances as well, including public health crises when a physician may face ‘greater than usual risks to [their] own safety, health or life,’” the AMA said in a September 2021 statement.
In a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, Duke University health officials said they were “committed to making organ transplant accessible to as many eligible patients as possible.”
CDC Acknowledges Natural ImmunityThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that strong protection was granted by natural immunity after COVID-19 infection after conducting a study analyzing COVID-19 cases in California and New York in 2021 from May 30 through November of the same year.
That study found that individuals who had not received a COVID-19 vaccine but were infected previously with the illness were much less likely to test positive for COVID-19 again and also less likely to need hospitalization compared to vaccinated people who had not been infected with COVID-19.
However, unvaccinated individuals without prior infection were the most likely to contract COVID-19 and require hospital care, the study found.