During the Oct. 14 episode of "Byline Anew" on Brighteon.TV, host Fior Hernandez shared clips of Americans blaming fellow Americans for the spread of COVID-19 in the country, and how these are infringing upon personal freedoms.
"When proven professionals in their field, whether it be in the areas of research, epidemiology, cardiology, natural medicine, they're trying to inform the public of valuable information that there are alternative treatments, even alternatives to taking any vaccine. According to their research, the mandates are a reason for concern," Hernandez says. "Why not at least listen to what they have to say instead of censoring them, mocking them, marginalizing and devaluing their experience?"
In September, President Biden announced far-reaching federal requirements that could force people to get vaccinated. He ordered businesses with over 100 employees to require vaccination and did the same with federal workers and military troops.
"We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us," he said about unvaccinated people during the September announcement. According to Biden, the unvaccinated minority "can cause a lot of damage, and they are [causing a lot of damage]."
"A distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner. These pandemic politics are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die," he said at the time.
Brighteon.TV host Dr. Bryan Ardis doesn't want to overcomplicate things. "If you are vaccinated and you believe that the vaccine protects you, stop blaming other people if now you're somehow not protected. Either they work or they don't, it's always been that simple."
Ardis points out that blaming unvaccinated individuals is becoming another way to discriminate in the United States. "They want to pit families against family members, that's really what they're doing. You're going to make them look unequal to you, shame them, discriminate against them."
A wave of companies and governments are announcing vaccine policies and requiring vaccinations for their employees to keep their jobs. While that tactic seems to work, the vaccine mandate has also been questioned as it infringes upon the human rights and civil liberties of the employees.
The freedom to refuse vaccination could be for personal, ideological or religious reasons, while those who worry about the safety of the vaccines may be worried about their right to be protected from harm.
Private business owners have their rights when it comes to shaping their environments and employees have the right to feel safe at their jobs.
The U.S. federal laws prevent businesses from refusing services or denying employment to people based on traits like race, sex and disability. Although the unvaccinated Americans are not in a protected category, vaccine mandates and passes could violate the rights of people who object to vaccines for religious or medical reasons.
There are valid concerns about how vaccine policies can potentially restrict opportunities for people who are already marginalized. What is important, however, is that as the world grapples with the rise of COVID-19 and its variants, people and governments should remain flexible about changing vaccine requirements and policies as circumstances change and as new information comes to light.
Watch the full Oct. 14 episode of "Byline Anew" with Fior Hernandez in the vide below. "Byline Anew" airs on Thursdays at 10:30-11 a.m. on Brighteon.TV.
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