Nebraska legislature passes COVID-19 vaccine exemption bill

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Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 12:54 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska Unicameral on Friday morning passed a bill requiring employers to accept any COVID-19 vaccination exemptions submitted via a DHHS form.

Passed on a 35-7 vote, LB-906 compels the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to provide a form on its website that can be downloaded by any employee seeking a COVID-19 vaccination exemption either on a health care practitioner’s recommendation or an individual’s religious beliefs.

The bill applies to all Nebraska employers, including state agencies, according to a release from the Unicameral. Federal agencies and corporations, Indian tribes, and other organizations exempt from federal taxation are also exempt from this requirement.

LB-906, introduced by State Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair, does allow for employers to require unvaccinated employees to wear masks or submit to COVID-19 testing — at the employer’s expense.

“Medicare-certified and Medicaid-certified providers or suppliers and federal contractors may require additional processes, documentation, or accommodations as necessary to comply with federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations,” the release states.

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