The next public hearing on a proposed bill to prohibit vaccine discrimination in Alaska is set for March 1 in the Alaska State Senate.

The first hearing on Feb. 8 received overwhelming support from those who called in to testify before the Senate State Affairs Committee. Introduced by Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River), Senate Bill 156 affirms that Alaskans have a fundamental right to decline Covid shots without having to endure various forms of discrimination.

If passed, the bill would explicitly prohibit state agencies or political subdivisions from adopting any policy that “requires an individual to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order for the individual to exercise a right or receive a benefit that is available to the public.”

Additionally, the bill bans the state from requiring Alaskans to produce documentation of a Covid injection or to produce a Covid immunity passport in order to travel within the state.

The bill also bans individuals or governmental entities from denying employment, public accommodations or any local or state services, goods, facilities, advantages, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities, health care access, or employment opportunities based on the individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

Finally, the bill affirms that individuals may object to Covid shots based on religious, medical or other grounds, and parents can object to Covid jabs for their children based on the same criteria. Those who object on the basis of their faith would not be required to provide further justification or proof that their beliefs were indeed sufficiently authentic.

The bill is now in the Senate Health and Social Services Committee, chaired by Sen. David Wilson, where a public hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on March 1.


— Click here to contact members of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee.

— To call in and testify on March 1, contact your local Legislative Information Office for more information, or call 907-465-4648.

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Hearing set for Alaska bill that prohibits vax-status discrimination

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Proud Alaskan says:

    What’s wrong with this picture.
    Why do we have to make a bill/law to give us our freedoms back.
    Makes no sense, I have been living my life just fine. No Masks, No vaccine shot either.

    • Opus says:

      Hit the nail on the head. They propose legislating on a subject that the government has no authority to get involved in to begin with.
      If we pray hard maybe God will hit Juneau with an earthquake.

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Testify today tell Wilson to move it out of his committee ! Please

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      There is something wrong I agree but this needs to pass to day out of committee Please call in at 1;30

  • Rebecca says:

    Please do not discriminate against people’s medical choices. This is not freedom and no government has the power to force a person to have a substance no matter the reason injected into their body. If they choose for religious or personal reasons to decline a medication deemed by the government to be necessary for their survival that is not the governments business and should not be used against anyone in any way that could impact their quality of life

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Rebecca , testify today at 1;30 in Senate Health & social Services committee !

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Interesting.. I have job offers. First question I ask: “does it require being vaccinated for wuhan?”. If the answer is yes, I ask if my potential employer is going to cover my long-term health care for vaccination side effects. That answer is always no. I then decline the offer, not worth my health.

  • NAV says:

    “HHS revealed that it purchased advertising from major news networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as cable TV news stations Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, legacy media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations. These outlets were collectively responsible for publishing countless articles and video segments regarding the vaccine that were nearly uniformly positive about the vaccine in terms of both its efficacy and safety.

    “Hundreds of news organizations were paid by the federal government to advertise for the vaccines as part of a ‘comprehensive media campaign,’ according to documents TheBlaze obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Biden administration purchased ads on TV, radio, in print, and on social media to build vaccine confidence, timing this effort with the increasing availability of the vaccines. The government also relied on earned media featuring ‘influencers’ from ‘communities hit hard by COVID-19’ and ‘experts’ like White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci and other academics to be interviewed and promote vaccination in the news.”

  • NAV says:

    We weren’t supposed to see this information for 75 years.