Behind President Biden’s mandate calling for employers of 100 or more persons to compel their employees to be vaccinated, on pain of job termination (and with hefty fines against the employers for non-compliance) is the claim that unvaccinated persons present a workplace hazard.
This is also the premise under which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was brought in to enforce the mandate; see “OSHA READIES VAX MANDATE SQUEEZE ON STATES” (26 Oct 2021). Except that (as in the song from the Gershwins’ opera “Porgy and Bess”) it ain’t necessarily so.
Why Get The Jab?
New findings, published 4 November in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal and the subject of an 8 November column in the Boston Herald, show that, while the Delta variant of COVID-19 currently accounts for 99 percent of U.S. cases, the COVID-19 vaccines have only “minimal” effect in preventing Delta transmission.
Fully vaccinated persons have only slightly better protection from infection than their unvaxxed friends, family members and co-workers. This contradicts the claims by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the vaccinated are far less likely to contract COVID; see “CDC VAX FACTS: IS THE TRUTH BEING TOLD?” (3 Aug 2021).
And when those fully vaccinated persons do become infected, they carry the same viral load in their respiratory tracts as do unvaccinated persons, which means that they spread COVID to those around them at the same rate. This points out the big difference between the COVID vaccines and those that protect against smallpox, polio and measles; those others prevent both infection and transmission. These findings certainly argue in favor of getting vaccinated in order to protect oneself, but they torpedo the argument that one should be vaccinated in order to protect others.
In so doing, they obviate the rationale behind the Biden/OSHA vaccine mandate. They also argue in favor of vaccination being a highly personal decision; the impact of that decision on anyone other than the person taking the decision is zip/zilch/nada/nichego.
Betsy McCaughey, writer of the Boston Herald column, is a former lieutenant governor of New York (under Gov. George Pataki), and includes this observation: “Just as politicians don’t read the bills before voting on them, they don’t keep up with science but still want to tell the rest of us what to do.”
TRENDPOST: Inconvenient facts like those revealed here expose the pure horseshit behind politicians’ and so-called health experts’ claims that the unvaxxed threaten the health and safety of those around them, claims that are used to justify patently unconstitutional abridgements of our freedoms.
TREND FORECAST: It’s hoped that abridgements such as vax mandates will be subject to more and more challenges, not just on principle, but to avoid unintended consequences; see “COPS RESIST VAX MANDATES, CRIME SPIKE COMING” (26 Oct 2021).