Mandatory vaccinations for NSHE employees was wrong then as they are now.
In September 2021, the Nevada Board of regents overwhelmingly voted to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine to all NSHE employees. The Regents decision directed NSHE employees to receive the vaccination, provide a religious waiver, and voluntarily leave their jobs by December 2021, or be fired. A special meeting of the Board of Regents in late December 2021 to try and garner enough votes to overturn the previous vaccine mandate decision failed. Nevada news outlets reported that approximately 500 NSHE employees will be fired by the December 2021 cut-off date.
Covid-19 vaccine mandates have become a highly contested issue with plenty of people on both sides of the subject with a considerable number of points to draw from.
Those who choose not to get vaccinated are making a health decision at their own individual risk and right. They pose no public health threat to those already immune. Is anyone in favor of people making similiar or worse health choices to smoke, drink alcohol or not wear a helmet when riding a bike? Thousands die annually from alcohol, yet we do not have the same public health fevor or requirements to save those lives. We should be encouraging vaccination rather than activate the personal liberty culture wars that result in people becoming more entrenched in their opposition.
The notion that we must vaccinate every living, walking American to control the pandemic is based on the false assumption that the risk of dying from Covid-19 is equally distributed in the populaton. It is not. Some people already have “natural immunity,” immunity from prior Covid infection(s). Requiring the vaccine for people who are already immune with natural immunity has no scientific support. To argue that one must get vaccinated if they have “natural immunity,” when zero clinical outcome data backs it, does not seem rational to me.
Question. Why is the United States the only industrialize county in the world that does not honor “natural immunity” as a way of treating Covid?
Is enacting a mandory vaccine for workers to make them choose what is best for them and their family who grew up in a country that is guided by a constitution Bill of Rights, fair? I don’t think it is.
Again, mandatory vaccinations for NSHE employees was wrong then as they are now.