MEETING LINK Meeting ID: 925 3755 2135 Passcode: 818303
Please send written public testimony this week against these possible action items and if you are able, please log on and make a spoken public comment during the meeting.
EMAIL TESTIMONY to: StateBOH@health.nv.gov
COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY STAFF & STUDENT VACCINE MANDATES: The Nevada Faculty Alliance (A TRADE UNION) in partnership with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents (seems to have originated from Kent Ervin, head of the chemistry department at UNR & president of the UNION) submitted a petition with 4000 signatures demanding covid vaccine mandates for all college and university staff and students. It’s likely they will try to add face masks to this demand too. https://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Boards/BOH/Meetings/2022/PC%2048.pdf
Tell the Board of Health that you oppose medical mandates and support medical choice! There is NO scientific evidence showing that masks reduce transmission of viral particles. The covid vaccines DO NOT prevent transmission, infection or illness. There are risks associated with these medical interventions; where there is risk there must be full informed consent and free choice. Those who decide to wear masks and/or take covid shots based upon their personal risk assessment are free to do so. Medical mandates have no place in a free society.
NEWBORN BLOOD SCREENING (LCB R088-20RP1) Public Hearing: The State Board of Health is considering an update to existing NAC. Current law states that a blood sample be taken from every infant born in a hospital and be submitted to the state lab for testing of “preventable or inherited disorders”. This proposed update expands the testing to include every infant born in the state. There is no new NRS to prompt this update and we have been unable to determine the origination of these changes. Why is this necessary? And why now? Is this related to the new HIV testing and pharmaceutical treatment agenda?
- Requires mother of infant to obtain and submit blood sample from her baby in the absence of a birth “professional”. For infants born at home, this means the mother would be responsible, by law, to have this blood test for her baby.
- Does not provide the mother or the parents the ability to “opt out”.
- Blood samples are kept indefinitely in the State Newborn Screening Lab at UNR.
- CA newborn screening program sold genetic data from their database to private corporations. There is no safeguard against this happening in NV.
Tell the Board of Health that there must be a clear opt-out for mothers/parents before expanding this program to include every infant. There must also be a mechanism for the protection of the private genetic / DNA data of citizens (babies).
HEALTH DISTRICTS: Proposal submitted by UNR to Board of Health for creation of regional Health Districts. This proposal to create a Central Nevada Health District (Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing & White Pine counties) that would take public health jurisdiction away from local county control and moves to centralize public health. This will limit the ability of local communities and local elected officials to make their own decisions in response to future pandemics or other public health emergencies.
Tell the Board of Health that local public health decisions need to be made locally. Tell them that in the event of future public health issues or emergencies, you want your local officials to be able to make decisions based on what your community is experiencing and based upon what is best locally rather than centralizing these powers.