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US Why I'm Not Vaccinated | Opinion

13:54  15 november  2021
13:54  15 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Hospitals face staffing shortages, employee clashes as COVID-19 vaccine mandate looms

  Hospitals face staffing shortages, employee clashes as COVID-19 vaccine mandate looms Experts across the country worry that forcing the nation's already-stressed hospitals to implement vaccine mandates may push needed workers to quit."Members of our staff were saying, 'I can't believe I work with people who won't get vaccinated,'" Howell said. "Their colleagues were not happy with them. There definitely were a lot of feelings.

I am not vaccinated. In a sane society, a personal decision like this would not warrant a column, or even an explanation. But we do not live in a sane society. As a healthy 36-year-old woman, COVID-19 does not pose a statistically meaningful threat to my life. I have a 99.97 percent chance of survival. Why would I get a vaccine for a virus that I do not fear and that isn't a threat to my life—particularly when there is an element of risk from the vaccines?

Protestors gather in Grand Park outside City Hall at a March for Freedom rally demonstrating against the L.A. City Council’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees and contractors on November 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. © Mario Tama/Getty Images Protestors gather in Grand Park outside City Hall at a March for Freedom rally demonstrating against the L.A. City Council’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees and contractors on November 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Despite this completely rational and data-driven viewpoint, the Biden White House recently broke its previous promise and issued federal mandates that will be applied to about 100 million Americans—two-thirds of all workers. For companies with 100 workers or more, employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or subjected to weekly testing starting on January 4, 2022. Health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding are also required to get the vaccine. The Pentagon has issued a vaccine mandate for service members, as well.

Biden vaccine mandates face first test with federal workers

  Biden vaccine mandates face first test with federal workers WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pushing forward with a massive plan to require millions of private sector employees to get vaccinated by early next year. But first, he has to make sure workers in his own federal government get the shot. About 4 million federal workers are to be vaccinated by Nov. 22 under the president's executive order. Some employees, like those at the White House, are nearly all vaccinated. But the rates are lower at other federal agencies, particularly those related to law enforcement and intelligence, according to the agencies and union leaders.

In September, when the mandates were first announced, Biden said the guiding principle was to "protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers" and "reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America." But the vaccines clearly haven't accomplished that goal to-date, so what exactly is the point of mandating vaccines that have thus far failed to stop the spread? Furthermore, what is the point of only testing the unvaccinated, when it is now clear that the vaccinated are also still spreading COVID? And why is natural immunity being completely ignored and denied any relevance whatsoever when over 100 research studies have affirmed its effectiveness? That seems at least a little strange.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says no indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people

  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says no indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio strongly encouraged vaccinated people to wear masks indoors but stopped short of reissuing a mask mandate on Monday in what he said was an attempt to focus primarily on vaccinations. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images "Everything we're doing is based on data and science, but it's also based on strategy," de Blasio said.

HBO's Bill Maher recently railed against the COVID-related hysteria that has taken over the nation. Maher pointed to a Gallup poll that found 41 percent of Democrats believed the unvaccinated have an over-50 percent risk of hospitalization, but, per Gallup, it's actually "0.89 percent." This then raises the obvious question: Is the Biden administration governing by paranoia or based on the actual underlying facts?

During a July CNN town hall, Biden told the American people, "you're not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations." This declaration came after a group of fully vaccinated Texas Democratic state legislators turned a visit to Washington, D.C. into a super-spreader event. Shortly after, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky admitted, "unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus." In August, Walensky told CNN that the vaccines "continue to work well with Delta with regard to severe illness and death, but what they can't do anymore is prevent transmission."

CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update

  CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data Friday on the Cape Cod coronavirus outbreak that pushed the agency to update its mask guidance, showing that nearly three-quarters of confirmed cases were among the fully vaccinated. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's analysis of COVID-19 samples from the outbreak determined that fully vaccinated patients carried similar amounts of the virus as unvaccinated patients. The results from the mostly delta variant samples indicate that fully vaccinated people can potentially transmit and spread the strain, according to the CDC's morbidity and mortality weekly report.

Her comments were in response to a study that examined an outbreak that began on July 3 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, involving 469 cases. Seventy-five percent of the cases in that outbreak occurred in fully vaccinated people, and there was no significant difference found in viral loads between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. A recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal came to a similar conclusion, finding that vaccinated people are just as likely to spread the Delta variant as unvaccinated people within their households.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson actually pointed this out himself when he recently said the vaccine "doesn't protect you against catching the disease and it doesn't protect you against passing it on." Anecdotally, Americans have also witnessed an ever-growing list of high-profile fully vaccinated people who have contracted COVID—White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki being one of them. In the Senate alone, fully vaccinated Senators Lindsey Graham, John Hickenlooper, Angus King and Roger Wicker all have contracted COVID. Celebrities like Chris Rock and Khloe Kardashian have also gotten breakthrough cases.

Austrian unvaccinated lockdown starts amid COVID resurgence

  Austrian unvaccinated lockdown starts amid COVID resurgence BERLIN (AP) — Austria took what its leader called the “dramatic" step Monday of implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who haven't recently had COVID-19, perhaps the most drastic of a string of measures being taken by European governments to get a massive regional resurgence of the coronavirus under control. The move, which took effect at midnight, prohibits people 12 years old and older who haven’t been vaccinated or recently recovered from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk — or getting vaccinated.

To its mild credit, Big Pharma warned us in advance. Pfizer's chairman told Lester Holt of "Dateline" last December that he wasn't sure if the vaccine would stop transmission. Moderna's chief medical officer told Axios last November, "I think we need to be careful, as we get vaccinated, not to over-interpret the results." He went on to say, "When we start the deployment of this vaccine, we will not have sufficient concrete data to prove that this vaccine reduces transmission." It's unclear why some now seem so surprised that the vaccines haven't stopped the spread.

What's more, is it possible that our myopic approach is outright counterproductive? Dr. Robert Redfield, former CDC director and now a senior advisor to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, said that 40 percent of the recent COVID deaths in the state of Maryland were among the fully vaccinated. It's tough to know exactly what to make of that, but it surely isn't encouraging, at minimum.

Even though there is some evidence that therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies can cut hospitalization and deaths up to 85 percent, the treatment is rarely discussed. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has established monoclonal antibody sites throughout the state, but he was originally criticized for doing so. At the Miami monoclonal antibody site, more than 60 percent of the patients receiving monoclonal antibodies are themselves fully vaccinated. If the goal is saving lives, shouldn't we embrace an all-of-the-above approach like DeSantis has done in Florida?

COVID: Are vaccinated people eleven times more hospitalized than non-vaccinated those in the Loire countries, as a tweet affirms?

 COVID: Are vaccinated people eleven times more hospitalized than non-vaccinated those in the Loire countries, as a tweet affirms? This figure, conveyed by a tweet, is actually a misinterpretation of DREES data on the number of cases and hospitalizations for suspicion of Covid in the Pays de la Loire. © provided by FRANCINFO A publication on Twitter, shared more than 3,000 times, asserts that, according to the latest figures of the Research Directorate, studies, evaluation and statistics (DREES), there would be eleven times more vaccinated than non-vaccinated to the hospital in the Loire countries.

The vaccine helps protect the vaccinated from dying, but it does not protect the vaccinated from either getting or spreading COVID. In other words, it seems clear to many of us that the vaccine is a personal health benefit, not a public health benefit. Therefore, whether to get vaccinated is a profoundly personal decision, not a public health decision. And not everyone is high-risk. There is a more than a thousand-fold difference in the risk of mortality between the old and young. The decision I am making as a healthy 36-year-old is different than the one Joe Biden should make as a 78-year-old. And low-risk Millennials like me comprise the largest generation in the broader U.S. labor force.

At a time when America faces a worker shortage and a supply-chain crisis, why would we sideline more workers? Vaccine mandates in cities like New York have already shut down 26 firehouses due to staff shortages. One hospital in upstate New York had to stop delivering babies due to too many maternity workers resigning over the mandate. Many firefighters, police officers, nurses and military men and women also have natural immunity because they had to work during the height of the pandemic; why exactly are we now punishing them again?

Vaccine mandates do not make sense. But most importantly, they are immoral. The government does not own us. I reject mandates because I believe in freedom. I am praying the rest of the country wakes up from this psychosis that has taken over. Is it too much to ask for a little common sense and bodily autonomy?

Lisa Boothe, a national television commentator, is host of the podcast, "The Truth with Lisa Boothe."

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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Biden pushes cash reward to get vaccinated, new rules for federal workers .
Biden pushes cash reward to get vaccinated, new rules for federal workersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Thursday urged local governments to pay people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and set new rules requiring federal workers to provide proof of vaccination or face regular testing, mask mandates and travel restrictions.

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