The left wants freedom for pregnant women but tells the rest of us to hammer the salt.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday: “Omicron is here, and it looks very communicable.” So de Blasio, ignoring scientific evidence that current COVID-19 vaccines will not prevent the variant from spreading, decreed that all private sector workers in businesses of all sizes should be vaccinated by December 27. .
The mandate also applies to children from the age of 5, who must be vaccinated to participate in school activities such as an orchestra or to be taken to restaurants or to the cinema.
There will be no alternative testing, although the city says it will offer exemptions for valid religious or medical reasons, whatever that means.
A mayor who claims to defend bodily autonomy does the opposite, forcing everyone to pull the blows, regardless of their personal moods. This is the same de Blasio who warned at a recent pro-abortion rally in Brooklyn that âYou cannot let your government try to take away your right to control your body. It can’t happen in America.
Well, it can, as long as you’re anything other than a woman of childbearing age. Across the country, states and cities ruled by Democrats are imposing vaccination mandates.
At the same time, Democratic politicians, civil rights groups and their media allies are in a frenzy that the Supreme Court could allow states to restrict abortion. Congressional Democrats are even ready to race the Supreme Court to arrest him, a ploy most Americans oppose.
New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg slams abortion restrictions as “An infinitely more invasive form of biopolitical control” than compulsory vaccines. View host Whoopi Goldberg (no relationship except their shared hypocrisy on this issue) is okay with mandatory vaccines, but when it comes to limiting access to abortion, she says, “How dare you?”
The pro-abortion rights that the American Civil Liberties Union sees “no civil liberties issue with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement”, call the warrants one “Justified intrusion” because bodily autonomy âDoes not include the right to harm othersâ.
It would make sense if science showed that unvaccinated people pose a risk to others. But research indicates that COVID-19 vaccines protect the vaccinated person against serious illness but do not reliably prevent transmission, according to Lancet Infectious Diseases findings.
What little we know about omicron suggests that it is more contagious than delta, less likely to be contained by current vaccines and the next dominant strain in the United States. It has already passed the delta in parts of South Africa.
This week, the Supreme Court will vote whether it intends to challenge Maine’s mandate that all healthcare workers be vaccinated.
Defenders of the mandate claim there is a precedent: in 1905, the court upheld the mandatory Massachusetts smallpox vaccine.
But this decision is irrelevant. By 1905, the smallpox vaccine had been in use for over a century, while COVID vaccines were brand new and evolving. At the time, smallpox killed more than a third of those infected, while the death rate from COVID is less than 1%. The smallpox vaccine prevented infection, protecting not only those vaccinated but the community – a strong argument for making it mandatory. COVID vaccines are disease tamers, reducing the risk of death or serious illness but not preventing the spread.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she is not sure current vaccines will contain omicron, but hopes âThey can prevent serious illnesses and keep people from going to the hospital. “ In this case, getting stung is your own business and no one else.
Senior executives at vaccine maker Moderna predict that their current vaccine will not work well against omicron. The company is already starting a new formulation.
Expect this pattern – a new variation followed by new plans – to be repeated. National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said omicron might not be the last variant we face.
If Americans capitulate, how many times will they be forced to step up and take whatever an ambitious politician demands? I am pro-vaccine and have had three injections, but this decision must be voluntary.
Betsy McCaughey is a former Lieutenant Governor of New York and author of “The next pandemic”, available on Amazon.com. Follow her on Twitter @ Betsy â McCaughey. To learn more about Betsy McCaughey and read articles from other Creators Syndicate authors and designers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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