(LifeSiteNews) – Rhode Island state Senator Samuel W. Bell has introduced a bill that would force adults and children alike to get jabbed for COVID-19 under the threat of doubled income taxes and fines that could amount to thousands of dollars.
S2552 would require all who live or work in Rhode Island, including eligible minors under age 16, “to be immunized against COVID-19, including with “any additional” COVID jabs that may become available and deemed “in the interest of public health.”
The bill further demands that exemption petitions “must be for medical reasons,” and must list no less than three notarized signatures by licensed physicians declaring the person unfit for “vaccination.” Minors 10 years of age and older must also sign the exemption form.
All the unjabbed lacking exemptions would be “required to pay a monthly civil penalty of fifty dollars,” and would “owe twice the amount of personal income taxes as would otherwise be assessed.”
Employers must also provide “proof of compliance” for each Rhode Island employee, which they can waive for “purely remote work.” Employers would be required to pay a monthly penalty of $5,000 “for every violation.”
Bell said he introduced the legislation because there is “a crisis with the pandemic,” citing the deaths of “thousands of Rhode Islanders” and “painful calls from constituents who can’t go to the store because they’re immuno-compromised,” The Boston Globe reported.
On Monday, the young Rhode Island Democrat pointed to a survey which he said shows that “Rhode Islanders still strongly support a vaccine mandate.” The poll, which was conducted by the COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, reportedly “found 64 percent of residents believe everyone should be required to get the vaccine.”
One Twitter user has pointed out, however, that Dan McGowan, the reporter who shared the survey via The Boston Globe, did not share that the survey of 391 respondents was, by its own admission, “non-probability,” meaning the sampling was not random and is not intended to reflect responses of the general population.
State Senator Jessica de la Cruz, a North Smithfield Republican, is fighting the legislation through an email campaign, in which she has provided constituents with a template to sign and send to Bell and the bill’s co-sponsors, The Boston Globe shared.
“I hear my constituents and others around the state loud and clear – this is dangerous legislation and sends the message that our government doesn’t trust you to make the right choice for you and your family. This is an unconscionable overreach of legislative powers,” de la Cruz wrote in an email to voters.
In protest of Bell’s portrayal of the bill’s opponents as “anti-vax,” one social media user remarked, “You can support vaccination without mandating, coercion, and threats of financial hardship. Literally no other place on earth has gone this far with vaccine mandates.”
As of April 8, there have been 2,096,166 reports of vaccine adverse events, including 26,976 reported deaths, according to OpenVAERS. While causation is not explicitly confirmed through the VAERS reporting system, neither can it be presumed that all side effects are reported. Indeed, one study in 2010 found that “fewer than 1% of vaccine injuries” are reported to VAERS, suggesting the actual numbers of deaths and injuries are significantly higher.
Coronavirus vaccine trials have never produced evidence that the vaccines stop infection or transmission. They do not even claim to reduce hospitalization, but the measurement of success is in preventing severe symptoms of COVID-19 disease. Moreover, there is strong evidence that the “vaccinated” are just as <likely to carry and transmit the virus as the unvaccinated.