The American Lung Association in Alabama issued the following statement in reaction to the measures being considered by the Alabama Legislature to undermine vaccine requirements:
“The American Lung Association opposes limits on vaccination requirements that would undermine evidence-based, public health policies and threaten the health of those with chronic lung disease, including lung cancer.”
“Alabama continues to experience a real threat from COVID-19 with only 44.7% of the population being vaccinated. This is especially serious for individuals with chronic lung disease and other medical conditions. Implementation of vaccine requirements helps not only protect the vaccinated individual, but to protect those for whom the vaccine offers less protection, those who are immunocompromised, and those who can’t get vaccinated, such as children under age 5. Based on the science, we know that vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect ourselves from the disease.”
“We urge the Alabama Legislature to reject any legislation that would limit the authority of state and local government, businesses, healthcare organizations, and other public entities from protecting their employees, patrons, constituents, students or patients by requiring vaccinations. We urge legislators to support proven public health strategies, including vaccine requirements and mask-wearing.”
“In addition to getting vaccinated and a booster if you qualify, the Lung Association encourages decisionmakers to ensure that Alabamians continue to rigorously follow the CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 by wearing a mask according to CDC guidelines, maintaining social distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel unwell.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.