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Joan Carter Conway
Sen. Joan Carter Conway. (File The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

‘Don’t take it and die’

The chairwoman of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is ok with those who don’t want to get vaccinated. She just doesn’t want those who don’t to expose her to anything.

Sen. Joan Carter Conway said Thursday that she understands some people want to forgo vaccinations including those for the flu and other illnesses during a voting session on a bill that would limit the ability of patients and employees at nursing homes, hospitals and other medical facilities to opt out of the vaccinations.

Under current law, employees and patients can opt out under three circumstances: medical conditions, allergic reactions and religious reasons. Under the bill as proposed, those mandatory exemptions would be removed but medical facilities would be allowed to permit patients and employees to opt out for those reasons if they wished.

Carter Conway likes the bill but believes strongly in vaccinations, even though she said she’s had some serious reactions to flu vaccinations and no longer gets them.

“It is a good bill,” Carter Conway said. “If you want to be exposed to ebola and all those diseases because you don’t want to take the vaccination, that’s your prerogative. Don’t take it and die. But while you’re not taking it don’t expose me to it.”