A gal named Alex shared the photo on this post on her social media page yesterday. I wanted to high five her.
Each October to April, that flu shot is pushed on the public. Some people can opt out of that notoriously ineffective vaccine. Others are not so fortunate. Depending on which hospital or facility they work, medical personnel and health care workers are required to get a flu shot. Personal beliefs are dismissed, and exemptions aren’t offered. If, and when, medical care workers refuse the vaccine, it could cost them their job.
Nurses have seen some victories while fighting the mask mandates. But many must wear a mask while working. That mandate holds true for other medical staff who work directly with a patient. Masks must stay on until April, even for the physical therapy aide, too, who’s filing paperwork in an office away from patients.
This year, with as many people already donning masks because of COVID-19, I’m curious if those who refuse the flu shot will run into any trouble in the workplace. They shouldn’t. Based on mask protocols they were forced into earlier this year, already having a mask on should be on their side.
Knowing that personal rights are not the pharmaceutical industry’s top priority, I have a bad feeling that some workers will find themselves in an unpleasant situation despite wearing a mask. They may still have to fight to keep their job. It’s a shame because that notoriously ineffective vaccine that gets hawked all over the place will no doubt be a dud again this year.
Even if it is not a dud for 2020, college students are now on the flu shot hit list. University of California Davis welcomed their incoming coeds with mandates. Students and staff are feeling the heat to comply with the flu shot mandates. Officials are justifying this community-wide effort by saying that the vaccine is a “safe and effective way to prevent millions of illnesses and thousands of related medical visits every year.” Other states, like Massachusetts and New Jersey, are gearing up to require flu vaccines for all students and at daycare centers, too. Why, when the CDC claimed in August that “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.” Granted, they were talking about COVID-19 in that statement, but did the CDC just contradict themselves?
Of course, the influenza virus and the coronavirus are not the same viruses, but if a cloth face covering is considered a powerful weapon for one, maybe it’ll do the trick for the other. Isn’t that why non-compliant medical care workers had to cover their faces up each flu-shot season all these years? To prevent the spread of an illness (an illness they didn’t have, mind you)?
Why put our frontline workers, and now our college students, through any more stress than they are already under? For years, they were told that the masks keep patients safe from the flu. They’re saying the exact same thing for the coronavirus. Viruses and masks don’t discriminate. Too bad those pushing the liability-free vaccines do.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.