By Steven Allen Adams, The Weirton Daily Times
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature moved quickly on a last-minute addition to the special session for private sector COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.
Senate Bill 3035 and House Bill 335, both relating to COVID-19 immunization requirement for employment in the public and private sectors, were added to the special session call late Tuesday evening by Gov. Jim Justice. The bills were read a first time Wednesday, setting them up for possible amendments later today and passage Friday.
SB 3055 and HB 335 would allow for medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates put in place by employers. Public and private sector employees would have to provide employers a certificate signed by a licensed physician or advanced practical registered nurse either showing that a medical issue prevents vaccination, or the employee has antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection.
For the religious exemption, an employee would have to show a notarized certificate to the employer stating that the employee or new hire has religious beliefs that prevent them from taking the vaccine…