Urgent, NY Take Action: Call, tweet, email, FB to stop State getting all vaccine records

Now in Assembly Health Committee. Save medical privacy!

Complete this action by clicking on this link:

If VACCINE PASSPORTS were a human body this bill would be the central nervous system for their creation in New York State. Opposition to this one is HUGE! Call, tweet, email reps in Albany from now until June 10th — we may all need to get out in front of our reps offices in our neighborhoods as well – mk

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     Yesterday the Senate Health Committee passed S75, a bill that ends our right to medical privacy by requiring all vaccination records to be entered into a State-run database. This bill is all about forcing adults to get shots, and making a vaccine passport system possible by keeping track of who has and has not received shots.

     The vote yesterday was 9 to 5 on straight party lines with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed. The Assembly Health Committee was supposed to consider the identical bill A279 today but the meeting was cancelled, which gives us a little more time to try and stop this bill.

     Please get on the phone and your computer and contact the following members of the Assembly Health Committee.

     We need 13 votes to kill the bill. We believe we have 9 definite Noes including all seven Republicans. We need four more Democrats. It is highly unlikely that any member who co-sponsored the bill will vote against it.

     Please click here  Take Action  to send emails to the leadership of the legislature and your own State Senator and Assembly member,

     Please call your own Assemblymember and politely ask them to vote against the bill. Talking points are below.  

Find your Assembly member here: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

     Please get on the phone and your computer and contact the members of the Assembly Health Committee. Numbers below

     Please comment on the members’ Facebook pages. Ask them to vote no. Please be polite. Ranting, threats and name calling, etc. doesn’t do us any good and may alienate people whose vote we may be able to get in the future. Please keep it civil, calm and polite.

     Please tweet them it you use Twitter.

     And please email them directly with your own reasons for opposing the bill. Again, be civil, calm and polite.

     Many of the phone numbers will go directly to voice mail and frequently voice mail boxes are full, so use the other methods of communication.

     We need 13 votes to kill the bill. We believe we have 9 definite Noes including all seven Republicans. We need four more Democrats. It is highly unlikely that any member who co-sponsored the bill will vote against it.

     Please start at the top with Speaker Carl Heastie (the Boss)  and work your way down. Staffers are saying the Assemblymembers Bichotte Hermelyn, Cymbrowitz, Sayegh, and Solages have not taken a position on the bill yet. Solages voted against the bill in committee in 2019 hopefully we will get her vote again.

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Democrats

Carl Heastie, Speaker of the Assembly

(518) 455-3791, (718) 654-6539

speaker@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @carlheastie

https://www.facebook.com/carl.heastie

Richard Gottfried, (518) 455-4941, (212) 807-7900

gottfriedr@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @dickgottfried

https://www.facebook.com/richard.gottfried

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn: 518-455-5385, (718) 940-0428, bichotter@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @NYSBichotteHerm

https://www.facebook.com/RodneyseBichotte

Steven Cymbrowitz: (518) 455-5214, (718) 743-4078

cymbros@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @cymbrowitz

https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymanStevenCymbrowitz

Nader Sayegh: (518) 455-3662, (914) 779-8805

sayeghn@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @naderjsayegh

https://www.facebook.com/naderjsayegh

Karines Reyes, (518) 455-5102, (718) 931-2620

reyesk@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @karinesreyes87

https://www.facebook.com/KarinesReyes87

Michaelle Solages: 518-455-4465, (516) 599-2972

SolagesM@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @solagesny

https://www.facebook.com/SolagesM

Edward Braunstein: (518) 455-5425, (718) 357-3588

braunsteine@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @edbraunstein

https://www.facebook.com/EdBraunstein

Aileen Gunther: 518-455-5355, (845) 794-5807 and (845) 342-9304

Gunthea@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: None

https://www.facebook.com/Aileen-Gunther-291645097649558

Kevin Cahill: (518) 455-4436, (845) 338-9610, Co-sponsor

cahillk@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: None

https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymanCahill

Sandy Galef: 518-455-5348, (914) 941-111, Co-sponsor

galefs@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @SandyGalef

https://www.facebook.com/SandyGalef

Amy Paulin: (518) 455-5585, (914) 723-1115. Co-sponsor

paulina@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @AmyPaulin

https://www.facebook.com/assemblywomanpaulin

Linda Rosenthal: (518) 455-5802, (212) 873-6368, Co-Sponsor

rosentl@nyassembly.gov

No Twitter

No Facebook

Phil Steck: (518) 455-5931, (518) 377-0902, Co-sponsor

steckp@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @PhilSteck

https://www.facebook.com/PhilSteck110

Andrew Hevesi: (518) 455-4926, (718) 263-5595, Co-Sponsor

HevesiA@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @AndrewHevesi

https://www.facebook.com/assemblymanandrew.hevesi.3

Jeffrey Dinowitz: (518) 455-5965, (718) 796-5345, Co-Sponsor

dinowij@nyassembly.gov

Twitter; @JeffreyDinowitz

https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyDinowitz

John McDonald III, (518) 455-4474,Co-Sponsor

McDonaldJ@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @johnmcdonald108

https://www.facebook.com/JohnTMcDonaldIII

Daniel Rosenthal, (518) 455-4404, (718) 969-1508, Co-sponsor

rosenthald@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @DanRosenthalNYC

https://www.facebook.com/daniel.rosenthal.568847

Charles Barron: (518) 455-5912, (718) 257-5824,

barronc@nyassembly.gov

https://www.facebook.com/charles.barron.1420

Twitter: @CharlesBarron12

Tom Abinanti, (518) 455-5753, (914) 631-1605,

abinantit@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @Tom Abinanti

https://www.facebook.com/Abinanti2010

Republicans:

Kevin Byrne: (518) 455-5783, (845) 278-2923

byrnek@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @Byrne4NY

https://www.facebook.com/Byrne4NY

Marjorie Byrnes: (518) 455-5662, (585) 218-0038

Twitter; @Byrnes4Assembly

byrnesm@nyassembly.gov

https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.byrnes.1

David McDonough: (518) 455-4633, (516) 409-2070,

mcdonoughd@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: AssemblymanDGM

https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymanDaveMcDonough

Jake Ashby, (518) 455-5777, (518) 272-6149,

ashbyj@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: JakeCAshby

https://www.facebook.com/jashby4NYS107

Josh Jensen, (518) 455-4664, (585) 225-4019,

 jensenj@nyassembly.org

Twitter: @JoshJensen134

https://www.facebook.com/joshjensen134

Missy Miller, (518) 455-3028, (516) 431-0500,

MillerML@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: @MIssyMillerNY

https://www.facebook.com/AssemblywomanMissyMiller

John Salka, (518) 455-4807. (315) 361-4125,

salkaj@nyassembly.gov

Twitter: None

https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymanJohnSalka

Talking Points:

     The State of New York already has a database for adult vaccination records, but participation is voluntary for both physicians and patients. Currently, physicians can put a patient’s information into the database if they choose. The bill will require them to enter the data. A physician may only enter the data in the database they get permission from the patient. This bill takes away the patients right to consent

     This bill takes away our right to keep our medical information private. If the state has access to vaccination records, why not other records? Bureaucracies are always seeking to expand their reach and authority. It is only a matter of time before there will be pressure to add other medical information: prescription drugs, HIV status, other STI status, etc. Once we lose the right to medical privacy we will not get it back.

     In the discussion in the Senate Health Committee on the companion bill, Senator Hoylman had little more to say than, “We need this because of Covid,” without explaining how this bill will make the Covid situation any better. More than half of the adults in New York have received at least one Covid shot. Some of those records are in the database already, but most probably aren’t. How useful is an incomplete database? And what will the database be used for? And if it is to fight Covid why record all the other vaccinations?

     And what about adults who have already had Covid and recovered? That status will not be recorded in the database, and there is growing evidence that vaccinating people with a Covid vaccine who have already had Covid have a much higher rate of serious adverse reactions. Some research shows recovered people probably have more robust immunity to Covid than vaccinated people. That is yet another aspect of Covid that is insufficiently studied. But law and policy are being made as if all those questions are known.

     We currently have the exact same type of database for school children. It is used to monitor whether children are current with the vaccine schedule and, if not, to coerce their parents to get them up to date, and if the parents do not comply then the child loses their right to an education. This is a tool for surveillance, enforcement and punishment.

     The adult database will be used for the same purpose. It will be used too surveil all adults, track their vaccine status, coerce those who are out of compliance, and eventually punish those who do not obey.

     A database of this kind will be necessary to enforce any system of vaccine passports, such as the current Excelsior Pass. Vaccine passports are systems of medical apartheid or segregation, but these can only work if there is a database like this bill would create. It is telling that the list of states that have resumed normal life is growing, but here in New York we are implementing invasive systems to allow more isolation, control and segregation.

     Please share this message with family and friends, and please post to social networks while we still can.

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