At a Scott County Republican Club Meet and Greet at the Holiday Inn in Forest MS, MPVR CoDirector, MaryJo Perry, and activist member Wanda Hughes, had the opportunity to speak with Governor Phil Bryant about Mississippi's need for vaccine law reform.
Governor Bryant is known to be conservative as he was one of three founders of the MS Tea Party having values very much in line with those principles.
With that in mind, it was explained to Governor Bryant why there has been no free market in vaccines since 1986, due to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which indemnified vaccine makers from liability for death or injury from vaccines. This was something he was not aware of. Bryant was then given a printout of the comparison of the shot schedule from 1983 alongside our over bloated schedule of today.
Governor Bryant shared that MS State Department of Health testified at a hearing this past session that they grant all requests for vaccine medical exemption submitted by physicians. We assured him that we have an army of parents that can testify to the contrary, as well as physicians and legislators. MaryJo Perry told her story of the five year battle she fought with three pediatricians and legislators to get her son a much needed medical exemption following his kindergarten shots which induced grand mal seizures.
It's our hope that Governor Bryant will come to understand that what may have once been a program to eradicate the deadliest diseases is now an out of control, corrupted big government program, powered by corporate greed.
In his short address to the small gathering, Governor Bryant emphasized the importance of conservative values, "It's about freedom! Parents should have the right to choose the healthcare that's best for their families! "