By Cathy Jameson
If I did a quick internet news search for the word regardless, I am sure I’d have thousands of hits that included this statement:
…regardless of vaccination status
Masks are required for outdoor events regardless of vaccination status.
Masks are required for indoor events regardless of vaccination status.
All visitors to the building are to social distance regardless of vaccination status.
Weekly COVID testing will be required regardless of vaccination status.
Public meetings are back on schedule. We invite all to join regardless of vaccination status.
The definition of regardless, per Oxford Languages, is without paying attention to the present situation; despite the prevailing circumstances.
Declaring one’s vaccine status was not a requirement for more contagious illnesses for indoor venues in previous years let alone outdoor ones. Proving one’s health status with a nasal swab was never required to attend work or college, even though other viruses are prevalent year round. Regardless, and more importantly, because of prevailing circumstances, the present situation many are now living because of one virus is dire.
Teachers https://apnews.com/article/health-religion-coronavirus-pandemic-c58f8577203b8316299f9fa90ebf7578 are facing the same dilemma. They are being told they must get the jab despite their years of dedication in their field. Will they take the jab and all the risks that come with it just to keep their job?
Another important question, can school districts handle losing their staff or recover from a massive teacher walk out? The NYC school system stands to lose compassionate, highly qualified professionals and their many years of experience. Losing them will jeopardize the continuity of education that all students require to be successful in the classroom.
Others who faced vaccine mandates in the Chicago area left their positions as the school year began. I feel for the families who were left in the lurches, but how better to make a statement than to stop a company in its tracks.
Unfortunately, hitting someone where it hurts works both ways.
Despite being on the United Network for Organ Sharing list, organ transplant patients are being denied necessary medical intervention they’ve waited years to receive. Not until they opt for the COVID vaccine, like a heart patient was recently told, will they be considered for the procedure. These individuals are fighting for their lives! They’re now having to fight medical boards over ethics policies that didn’t mention this sort of stipulation when they were put on the list.
Withholding patients’ life-saving medical care is a new level of cruel.
More cruel and unusual punishment has begun and is looming for other groups. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/568996-pentagon-to-mandate-covid-19-vaccine-for-military As college students and our brave military face these mandates, I did find some good news last week.
The goal? To protect the peoples’ rights.
Green, a physician and decorated combat veteran wrote in the letter, “The law of the United States is clear. Mandatory vaccination is illegal for military personnel prior to complete approval (Doe v. Rumsfeld, 341 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2004). This has not occurred and could be another several months away.”
As challenging and scary as it is to speak up, I applaud the two service members who’ve done just that. I am impressed that a judge put a pause on some of the vaccine madness for a small group of student-athletes also.
"When law forces an individual to choose between following her religious beliefs or forfeiting benefits, the law places a substantial burden on the individual's free exercise of religion," wrote the judge…
The news can be so depressing. Regardless, I still read it.
While reading it, I’ll reference as many sources as I can think of, including this little book. I carry it with me almost on a daily basis now. The longer the restrictions drag on, the more illogical mandates that we as a nation face, the more important the fight becomes. I don’t want to fight. I want to live freely as we once did. But no longer can we say that we live in the freest nation. Not when those in seats of power disregard the tenets our nation was founded.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.