Sen O’Mara And Assemblywoman Byrnes, Oppose Mandating The HPV Vaccine

January 13, 2020

There were over a 1,000 protesters, at the state capital last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, they were outside the governor’s mansion, on Wednesday, outside the state capital during the state of the state speech. Protesters were in both places, voicing their objections to the new vaccines that some New York City state lawmakers, want to include into the list of vaccines students have to get. State Senator Tom O’Mara was a guest on this morning’s Newsmaker Show, and we asked him what he thought about this issue. “I don’t support the expansion of this vaccine law,” O’Mara said. “I voted against the first one, and have great concerns over the exemptions that are allowed. We’ve seen a big retraction of what a legitimate medical exemption is, and religious exemptions have been removed completely, from the law. To expand to this HPV vaccine, that’s not something that’s contracted from student to student in a school classroom setting. That’s something that’s transmitted by sexual activity. I think that’s overstepping the bounds of family decisions,” O’Mara said.

We emailed Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, and asked her the same question, here was her response:
“It is very alarming that the Democrats want to mandate even more vaccinations. One bill would require children over 14 years of age to be vaccinated for HPV without parental consent or knowledge. It is simply wrong to require a medical procedure be performed on minors with the parents not even knowing. Educated parents should make medical decisions for their minor children.”

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, made similar statements, on the last two Newsmaker Show appearances.