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Maine Republicans Eye Banning Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations For 5 Years

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Rebecca Conley
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Maine Public
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Limington on March 15, 2021.

PORTLAND, Maine — A proposal from a group of Maine Republicans to ban mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for five years is up for consideration by a legislative committee this week.

The lawmakers have based their proposal in part on the theory that coronavirus vaccines cause reproductive harm. Numerous medical authorities have said the claim lacks merit, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated there is "no evidence that any of the COVID-19 vaccines affect future fertility."

The proposal's slated for a work session before the Maine Legislature's Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services on Tuesday.