Idaho Bill Criminalizes Administering mRNA Vaccines

Two Idaho lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to administer an mRNA vaccine, such as those used to prevent COVID-19, according to a report from KTVB7.

The bill, known as HB 154, is sponsored by state Senator Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) and state Representative Judy Boyle (R-Midvale) and was introduced to the House Health & Welfare Committee on Feb 15.

According to the bill’s text, “A person may not provide or administer a vaccine developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual or any other mammal in this state.”

The legislation penalizes individuals who violate this rule with a misdemeanor charge.

During her presentation to the committee, Sen. Nichols expressed her concerns regarding the fast-tracked nature of the mRNA vaccines, claiming that there was no liability, informed consent, or data on their use.

She later clarified that she was referring specifically to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which have been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“I think there is a lot of information that comes out with concerns to blood clots and heart issues,” Nichols said.

However, Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) questioned the statement, saying that her understanding was that the vaccines were approved and had undergone testing.

In response, Nichols said, “There are other shots we could utilize that don’t have mRNA in it.”

mRNA, or messenger ribonucleic acid, is a molecule that assists in making proteins.

The COVID vaccines, which are known as mRNA vaccines, help the body make proteins that mimic the COVID virus, allowing it to fight off the infection, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

The bill must still pass a future vote in the committee before it can be debated on the House floor.