Oklahoma Governor and Governors Join Lawsuit Urging DOD to Increase Vaccination Availability for All Children

A civilian at a U.S. Department of Defense site in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit to sue the military and its contractor, and The Institute for Medicine (IOM) for refusing to change their long-standing…

Oklahoma Governor and Governors Join Lawsuit Urging DOD to Increase Vaccination Availability for All Children

A civilian at a U.S. Department of Defense site in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit to sue the military and its contractor, and The Institute for Medicine (IOM) for refusing to change their long-standing vaccine policy of protecting only “diseased” or “medically” severe children from vaccinations.

In a lawsuit filed on April 24, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R), joined by 17 other Oklahoma citizens, as well as several other states’ governors and medical associations, is asking the federal court to order the Department of Defense and vaccine contractor ITT Inc. to provide their workers with the current recommended vaccine schedule.

Governor Stitt says the controversy “is not about religion or politics–it is about protecting our children and preventing the spread of infectious diseases to Americans. If our military members and their families are unable to receive the vaccine for their children, that will put these men and women in harm’s way,” reports the Associated Press. “That’s not appropriate in a democracy. That’s not what we do.”

If the lawsuit’s prompt filing by Stitt does not send a message to the military and ITT, then IOM will be put on notice that Americans believe that all children should be vaccinated.

Join us in our support of Governor Stitt and the other 16 governors and over 5,000 health organizations that have also filed a amicus brief in support of the lawsuit.

Susan Imes

Robert H. Jackson Endowed Chair, Center for Law and Policy | Thomas Jefferson School of Law

603-432-6600 | [email protected]

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