BOISE, Idaho—Nov. 15, 2021—Idaho’s legislature will reconvene this week to challenge vaccine requirements. As leading national public health organizations, whose top priority is the safety of those with cancer and other chronic illnesses, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the American Lung Association and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society release the following statement in opposition to these efforts:
"On behalf of thousands of Idaho residents with cancer and other chronic illnesses, we oppose any action that may endanger the patients we serve including challenging vaccine requirements. Because vaccine requirements help protect immunocompromised patients, including kids, they are essential to keep our patients, their families and our communities safe.
"As we continue navigating the pandemic, the threat of COVID-19 remains very real for Idahoans with chronic illnesses, and we must do everything to ensure they have safe and reliable access to the care they need. Many cancer patients and others with serious illnesses face greater risk for serious complications or even death from COVID-19. It’s imperative we do all we can do ensure maximum protection against this virus.
"Vaccine requirements play an important role in reducing the risk of COVID-19 for all Idahoans – especially cancer patients and immunocompromised individuals. It’s critical that as many people as possible receive the vaccine, and we urge the legislature to reject any attempt to undermine proven public health measures including vaccine requirements. The health and lives of Idahoans is at stake."
About ACS CAN at 20
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.
About 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.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Learn more at www.lls.org.