Utah GOP lawmakers may seek ‘personal’ exemption to COVID-19 vaccine mandates
In a closed-door caucus Wednesday, Utah House Republicans raised the notion of expanding exemptions to vaccine mandates to include “personal” reasons on top of the religious and medical exemptions.It was not a formal position, but the idea was discussed among GOP lawmakers, some of whom having been inundated by emails, with many people opposing vaccine mandates from President Joe Biden.
Rep. Phil Lyman, R-San Juan County, says the Legislature has been slow to act against mandates. He says the situation is “very real” and the Legislature needs to “protect these people” from the mandates.
Once the Biden vaccine mandate order is issued, Utah is expected to join many other states in a legal challenge to the mandates.