“Have you had the shot?”
I am asked this rather personal question nearly every day now, wherever I go, as if it’s a conversation ice-breaker. Strangers ask, neighbors ask, old-friends-I-haven’t-seen-in-over-a-year-because-they’ve-been-self-quarantined ask.
I got so fed up with the question recently, I retorted, “Have you had a colonoscopy?” And that was instead of yelling “it’s none of your business!” Or, “how was your annual pelvic exam?”
It’s as weird as inquiring about someone’s dental cleaning or sinus checkup at the ENT doc.
“Who wants to know?” is appropriate about now.
However, “Have you had the shot?” has become everyone’s business, to know if you’ve been vaccinated during this COVID “pandemic.” Except it’s now an endemic.
Asking if you’ve been vaccinated is now a precursor to making travel plans, attending UC and CSU college graduations in California, going back to your physical place of work, attending a large sporting event or concert, going to Disneyland…
Even the California State Capitol Assembly and Senate leaders are demanding proof of vaccine of Capitol staffers in order to return to work in the building. What about the millions of school children and tourists who visit and tour the State Capitol every year, once it’s opened to the public again? Or the lobbyists who are in the Capitol every day?
The government is ignoring that asking for personal health information is a HIPAA violation, but government is the entity putting pressure on everyone to take the shot, and on businesses to demand it. HIPAA was created to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. I suppose someone asking you to your face, “Have you had the shot?” doesn’t qualify?
Vaccine mandates are already aggressive in California. State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) who is a public health doctor, authored several bills making childhood vaccines mandatory before children are allowed to attend public school, and he did away with medical exemptions in another bill, after assuring doubters he would never remove medical exemptions. Families with vaccine-injured children no longer receive a vaccine exemption for their other school-aged children in California.
In a 2019 California Globe op ed, Attorney Mary Holland asked, “When a physician decides that a child is too medically fragile to receive a vaccine, but is not allowed to submit a medical exemption because it is not a listed CDC contraindication, and that child suffers a life-threatening reaction, such as multiple seizures or encephalitis (both listed on vaccine manufacturer inserts), is the doctor liable, or the state official, who denied the exemption?”
California lawmakers spent several years debating “the science” of vaccines from about 2012 through 2019, when Sen. Pan’s bills were being considered.
While debating the “science,” and the collective health of the state, the unspoken “collateral damage” of the vaccine-injured children was a constant undercurrent. But not once did Sen. Pan ever acknowledge or address vaccine-injured children. Instead those families were referred to as frauds, and “anti-vaxxers.”
The Globe reported in 2019:
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) referred to “fake medical exemptions” when presenting SB 276. She said the bill is “based on science.”
In Senate debate Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) also referred to science. “This is about science, and whether we believe it. We’ve seen it around climate change – there are people who deny science.” Wiener said, “this is unacceptable.”
If we disagree with your science, can we also say “this is unacceptable?”
“Sometimes vaccinations have serious complications,” then-Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) said. “It’s rare but it does happen. Parents should be able to make the choice.”
I defer back to (former) Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), a 30-year practicing pharmacist, who said during Senate floor debate:
“Immunizations have saved millions of lives.” He noted as an author of Pan’s previous bill, SB 277, “we promised exemptions for children with medical issues.” Stone noted that side effects from vaccines are rare, “but when you see the injuries, they are major. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work.”
We are already seeing some vaccine injuries with the COVID vaccines.
As of April 26, 2021, 230.77 million COVID vaccines have been administered. Of those, according to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database website, 86,080 vaccine injuries are from a COVID vaccine (see below). Of those vaccine injuries, 10,152 were serious vaccine injuries. And of those 86,080 vaccine injuries, 3,186 vaccine injured have died.
I’m pretty sure I already had the coronavirus flu back in January 2020, but my physician wasn’t interested in testing me.
I don’t take an annual flu shot after I had a really nasty reaction the only time I got one over 25 years ago. I do my best to stay healthy, wash my hands, take vitamins and supplements, eat and sleep well. And I rarely get the flu, but if I do, I stay home.
These are all things we’ve been told over the course of the COVID “pandemic,” most of which we were already doing.
The new COVID vaccines and mRNA vaccines were developed in record time, and quite possibly will save many lives. It is new technology, but also mostly untested.
Some could not wait to get the vaccine, and others prefer to wait and see how these new vaccines age with time.
I’m not an anti-vaxxer, as some have tried to label me. All of our kids were/are vaccinated. I am a wait-and-see vaxxer.
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