(HorizonPost.com) – Unless one has been living under a rock and completely unaware of the goings-on of 2020, one would know that the isolation and lockdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic became part of daily life around the world. The number of cases and deaths seemed to be flattening out until the highly infectious Delta variant took hold and the Mu variant started to crop up in various countries. The word “mandate” became a part of nearly everyone’s vocabulary concerning the vaccines available.
The City of Los Angeles
On October 6, 2021, the Los Angeles City Council passed, and the mayor signed into law, ordinance number 187219. The ordinance says that as of November 4, people will need to show proof of COVID vaccination or a recent negative test to enter most businesses. The list includes restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and other venues where people might gather in close proximity for extended periods.
Organizers of outdoor events that could expect “between 5000 and 9999 attendees,” such as concerts, sporting events, and fairs, will also be required to verify each person’s status. The ordinance specifically defines “fully vaccinated” as having received both doses of the Pfizer or Modena or the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior.
Many people seem willing to take this mandate in stride and get on with their lives, as witnessed in other cities across the country. But by no means does that mean everyone. Before the Council started discussions, they allowed the public to write in to express their opinions.
Multiple critics sent in their own version of what appeared to be a form letter, which brought up the potential economic impact and included the phrase “I implore you to consider less restrictive measures….” Others were a bit more… colorful. One letter was literally colorful, since it included photographs, highlights on certain lines the author felt were important, and a few infographics. Most others left it to a paragraph or two of typewritten text, such as:
- Josef Bray-Ali expressed the opinion that the measure “is a form of an apartheid state based on medical status.”
- Rafael Duarte feels it would be a violation of everyone’s medical privacy.
- “Concerned Citizen” was concerned vaccinated people would feel a false sense of security considering the breakthrough cases of the Delta variant and opined a negative test was a better way to prevent the spread.
Other common objections centered around people’s Constitutional rights, particularly under the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Pushbacks to vaccine mandates have come from, oddly enough, medical professionals, like several hundred who quit the Henry Ford health system in Michigan rather than get the shots. Then there’s Dr. Christopher Rake at the UCLA medical center, who was escorted from the building when he showed up for work without being vaccinated.
To be sure, other professionals are adamant mandatory vaccinations are quite Constitutional as well as necessary. Two professors with the University of Pennsylvania co-authored an op-ed on the CNN website. Along with other reasons why those who would invoke arguments against vaccine mandates are wrong, they wrote, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact guaranteeing a right to harm others.”
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