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N.C. lawmakers advance bill barring mandatory COVID-19 shots

House Bill 686 will need approval in two additional committees before it can go to a full House vote.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Author's note: the above video is on file from April 16, 2021.

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill through a committee that would prevent state and local governments from punishing workers who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

State Rep. Jake Johnson says his proposal is necessary to protect state and local workers from being fired or retaliated against for their health choices. 

State health officials worry the proposal would conflict with federal rules and create staffing shortfalls if outbreaks occur at state-operated health facilities. 

House Bill 686 will need approval in two additional committees before it can go to a full House vote.