Standing Against Mandates At A Glance:
- NYC teachers under vaccination mandates.
- California to mandate vaccinations of school age children after FDA approval.
- New York state healthcare workers win a legal hold on vaccine mandate.
- Military file lawsuit; natural immunity should be considered.
Yesterday marked the day the mandate for New York City school employees to either be vaccinated for COVID or face leave without pay went into effect. NYC mayor, Bill DeBlasio, celebrated that 96 percent of New York’s Department of Education employees are vaccinated, yet that leaves approximately 8,000 of the 148,000 unvaccinated. Several schools hit the 100 percent vaccination mark, but hold outs remained. In one Staten Island School, 20 teachers remain unvaccinated and concerns loom for the schools who serve special needs students facing shortages as a result of the mandates.1
Teachers aren’t the only shortages. With over 700 school safety agents remaining unvaccinated, the shortage of 1,500 at the beginning of the year has been compounded. Custodial and other positions were concerns as well.1
Unlike other mandates, there is no option for the teachers to choose to test instead of receiving the vaccine. While nearly 3,000 employees have applied for exemptions, roughly 1,000 have been granted while others continue to wait.
As of Tuesday, the Department of Education said 3,000 unvaccinated teachers were on unpaid leave, and 7,000 substitute teachers or paraprofessionals were used across the system Monday.2
The Supreme Court and Other Legal Attempts to Block the Mandate
On Friday, the Supreme Court received a request from the teachers. Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined the request for a block against the mandate.3 The Department of Education employees aren’t giving up with several other court cases in the legal process. As recent as this morning, another judge refused to block the mandate in a lower Manhattan court.2
California’s New Mandate
California has announced another new mandate as it continues to lead the way in first-of-a-kind mandates.
After implementing first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination measures, California becomes the first state to announce plans to require student vaccinations – adding the COVID-19 vaccine to list of vaccinations required for school, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella.
Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).4
Dr. Houman Hemmati, a California doctor, expressed his concern with the lack of evidence-based medicine dictating these policies. His concern is that there are several other factors of concern and danger impacting students that garner much less concern.
“We don’t want to see even a single child die, but when you look at the numbers of deaths of children that have occurred as a result of other causes, you have many causes such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental injuries from bicycle accidents, drownings, poisonings, suicides, drug overdoses, homicides by gunshots – all exceeding this by an order of magnitude or greater.”
“When you think about that, if schools really were a place where paternalistic medicine were to be practiced, where you would have a center of safety and health for children rather than just the Center for Education, wouldn’t we be focusing on the true killers of kids that we just mentioned?” Dr. Hemmati questioned.5
Back in New York, Not Just Schools
Before former-Governor Andrew Cuomo left office, he put a mandate into place forcing New York state healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated or face termination. With the deadline passing last week, thousands of healthcare workers have left the field instead of taking the COVID vaccines. The already short-handed healthcare industry has continued to feel the strain as Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency so that she could utilize the National Guard to fill in as well as people who have licenses from outside of the state of New York. The shortages aren’t limited to hospitals, but nursing homes and other skilled healthcare clinics as well.
With no religious exemption available, several healthcare workers have filed lawsuits. Currently there is a hold on the mandate as courts prepare to hear arguments in mid-October.6
Members of the Military Also Taking Up the Mandate Fight
Members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps have also filed lawsuits against the Department of Defense, the FDA, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Their argument is that natural immunity should be valid in place of a vaccine as is the case with other illnesses.
“Service members that have natural immunity, developed from surviving the virus, should be granted a medical exception from compulsory vaccination because the DoD instruction policy reflects the well-established understanding that prior infection provides the immune system’s best possible response to the virus,” the lawsuit states.7
Hold the Phone — Doc’s Thoughts:
Coercion is not informed consent. Because someone is mandating these vaccines, even those who took it may not have wanted to! These educators, healthcare workers, and military members all deserve to be heard. The supporters of these heinous mandates claim to be providing a safe environment for kids and that those who are refusing to get the vaccines are creating a great risk. Study after study shows school is one of the safest places for kids in regard to COVID! They aren’t following science if that is their logic.
Natural immunity is strong, robust, and far superior to anything in a vaccine. Why are our military members, teachers, healthcare workers, and so many others who’ve recovered not able to count on the science of immunology that has led to the basic science behind every vaccine ever developed?
People are standing up! But we need to remain vigilant in our fight for healthcare freedoms. One of our recent ADP guests, Sherriff Adam Bieber, shared how he wouldn’t hold up an illegal mandate. He is obligated under his sworn oath to uphold the law, not the power grabs put out by elected who are violating the law-making process.
These illegal mandates are causing all kinds of damage, not just to people who are getting vaccines against their will, but in tying up valuable resources in the courts and wasting time. We need to support these people who are putting it all on the line. Call the hospitals and speak to their executives. Speak up at the school board meetings. Did you see California? They aren’t satisfied with just teachers and adults who may actually be at risk…they’re coming for the kids. You need to stand in the gap for your children.
If you are facing these illegal mandates, look at this:
A Washington Post-ABC News poll asked unvaccinated workers whose employers have yet to impose a vaccine mandate what they were likely to do if getting vaccinated was required to go into the workplace.
The poll found 16 percent of unvaccinated workers would get the shot, 35 percent would ask for a medical or religious exemption and 42 percent would quit their job.
When asked what they would do if they weren’t given an exemption to opt out of the requirement, 18 percent of those surveyed said they would comply and 72 percent said they would quit.8
Would you be willing to quit? You aren’t the only one! Just because high numbers are willing to take the vaccine, not everyone is. We need to unite and speak out together to be heard.
2ABC7NY: NYC schools vaccine mandate beats another legal challenge
3SCOTUSblog.com: Sotomayor turns down plea to block New York City vaccine mandate
4Office of Governor Gavin Newsome: California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Schools
5FoxNews: California doctor sounds alarm on Newsom’s vaccine mandate for school kids: ‘Not based on clinical evidence’
6Times Union: New challenge of vaccine mandate cites Hochul’s statements on God
7Military.com: US Troops Go to Court Seeking Vaccine Exemption for Those Who’ve Had COVID-19
8The Hill: Whopping 67 percent of unvaccinated Americans would quit their job if vaccines are mandated