Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Vaccine Passports Have No Place in a Free Society; Coronavirus Vaccine Passports Beg the Question: Who Should Know Whether You’ve Gotten the Shot? and other C-Virus Updates

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Vaccine passports have no place in a free society:
Vaccine passports must not be allowed in a free society. I got my first shot the other day, so my concern is not about that. It is about freedom.
Many in the government and media will claim this is about public health. It is not. Those of us who received the vaccination are overwhelmingly protected from COVID-19. The science tells us that the effective rate is up to 95%. Soon, enough of us will have received the vaccine that we will reach herd immunity.
Each year, I receive my flu shot. It is a proven way for me to prevent getting influenza. With all of my travels, it is a necessary precaution. I encourage others to do the same, but the government does not mandate or even give me a document to prove to others that I received my flu shot. I do it because it makes sense to me.
My mother, who is in her 80s and a cancer survivor, and my wife, who is a Type-1 diabetic, each received their first COVID-19 shot nearly two months ago. After being vaccinated, they now have peace of mind to be able to see family and friends (we didn’t wait until a 4th of July cookout).
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled this week that the current governor overstepped his authority by repeatedly reissuing a mask mandate without approval from the State Legislature. It was another affirmation that no one can ignore the U.S. Constitution — even in an emergency. --->READ MORE HERE
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Coronavirus vaccine passports beg the question: Who should know whether you’ve gotten the shot?
Americans have been arguing over mask mandates and social distancing measures since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. They could soon be having another debate: Who should know whether you’ve been vaccinated?
The question has garnered more attention over the past few weeks as more and more Americans become eligible to get the vaccine. The most common suggestion involves a “vaccine passport” that proves someone has been vaccinated before they travel on an airplane or enter a business such as a restaurant or movie theater.
The concept of keeping someone’s health information private dates to when the Hippocratic Oath established ethical standards in medicine, but there are times when that information is shared with someone other than a doctor.
All 50 states require proof that children have received certain vaccinations before they can attend school. And some countries require documentation that you’ve been vaccinated against diseases like yellow fever or polio before you can travel there.
Some have argued there is a legitimate public health interest in knowing if others have been vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to be 90% effective at preventing infection, but there is a rare possibility that someone could still contract the virus. For that reason, should an employee be allowed to know if a co-worker has been vaccinated before returning to work, or if other diners in a restaurant have received their shots? --->READ MORE HERE
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