I read of the widely reported policy of Piedmont Healthcare requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccines or immunity testing for many of their top tier employees, with “all” soon to follow in the near future. It appears they feel confident that they are not violating any federal law and allow limited exceptions to this policy.
This wave of policy mimicry may exist in the health care industry, as it’s important to stay in step with their peer group, but I was under the impression vaccinations for this or any other virus was voluntary and proof of inoculation would "not" be compulsory or reminiscent of requests for “papers please … papers please” during German roadblocks of World War II. A bit of a stretch, but the word picture is fitting.
The Biden Administration has missed its self-imposed goal late in this viral pandemic and is looking for ways to ramp up participation. Shaming businesses into coercing their employees through policy complicity is always a warm and fuzzy method of choosing vaccination and continued employment over noncompliance and no financial income.
Then there is the recent collusion of the White House “flagging” what they determine to be misinformation in the social media scapegoats so that through a simple “wink and a nod,” a post will magically disappear at the hands of those famous Facebook “fact-checkers” who are faceless do-gooders preventing free speech in the name of reduced informational competition enabling increased vaccine adherence. Remember, misinformation is not false information. It’s just subjective interpretations to ensure political policy compliance.
Who could forget the Hunter Biden laptop story being suppressed days before the presidential election by multi-media outlets? Then there was the story of the Wuhan lab releasing the COVID-19 virus treated as a conspiracy theory because it didn’t fit the narrative of being an animal to human transmission. YouTube has suppressed research doctors' reports because they listed side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine that might make unvaccinated people second-guess taking the shot.
The reason there are so many unvaccinated people in America is because the Biden Administration has failed to address each side effect claim, new research, or failed to follow the very CDC they claim is providing the “science” we have all been waiting for.
There are side effects other than injection-site pain. There are conditions like those with an autoimmune disease that should never take the vaccine. There are side effects to the hearts of children that are not seen in adults. If the CDC says once vaccinated you cannot catch nor transmit the virus, so why are you wearing a mask? And why are some idiot counties reverting back to wearing masks indoors whether vaccinated or not?
The lack of trust and transparency is the reason the unvaccinated have delayed taking the vaccine. If Americans think you are withholding information and not telling the whole truth, some would rather take a chance with COVID-19 than believe what appears to be a half-baked story of reliability and safety.
Why are some employers exempting pregnant women from their mandatory vaccine requirements and allowing immunity test results to suffice for vaccine inoculation records? What if there are credible adverse effects to fertility that can only be determined over time and exhaustive research?
The only group suffering death at a 99.5 percent rate is the unvaccinated. And 63 percent of all motorcycle crash victims die without wearing a helmet. Perplexing how some would prefer to wear an oxygen-starving mask while the wind blows through their hair at 60 mph.
The truth is out there. It's just sometimes hard to find, or believe when you hear it.
W.J. Butcher is a Coweta County resident and retired 26-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Send comments, kudos, and criticism to: email@example.com .