Kimpson Introduces Bill Promoting Vaccine Compliance Among Businesses
Columbia, SC - State Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) introduced a bill today which would allow businesses to publicly promote and display the number of their employees that have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. It would also require businesses to disclose that percentage upon request.
Under the proposed legislation, businesses patronized by the general public may display on their premises using signs, decals, and/or other appropriate forms of media the percentage of their total employees that have been fully vaccinated. They may also advertise and promote this percentage. In addition to this, the legislation would provide for transparency for consumers, allowing them to request that percentage statistic from businesses. Businesses would be required to accurately disclose that information.
“This is a way for consumers to choose which businesses they want to patronize as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Kimpson. “Whether those businesses choose to advocate for their employees to get vaccinated, or require masks, or create a safe environment is up to them, but this puts the power of informed choice back in the hands of customers.
“Vaccinations are safe, effective, and should be encouraged. My hope is that this bill will help promote safe business practices, protect the general public, and promote vaccine compliance within our business community”.