~ Submitted by Patrick Murphy
All across our country, we are seeing thousands of workers being fired, punished, or forced to receive a vaccine against their will in the name of public safety. I, for one, do not want to live in a community where personal health choices are grounds for losing your job, especially when that involves being forced to get a vaccine that has been proven to not benefit overall public safety from the Covid-19 virus.
The CDC’s website advises that vaccinated individuals are still able to contract Covid-19 and most importantly to my point, that they can still spread Covid-19 to others (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html). The vaccine thankfully is able to greatly reduce the risk of death and hospitalization, which is amazing and speaks for itself for older people or others who may be more at risk. However, because the virus can still be spread by vaccinated people, instituting a vaccine mandate is unnecessary to the public health and to the safety of children. This needs to extend from the private sector to our public workers, including our teachers, custodians, police, firefighters, public works employees, custodians, librarians, and all the other people who make our community such a great place to live.
We know from multiple scientific studies and from the CDC itself, that the Covid-19 virus poses a nearly zero deadly risk to children under 18. I have seen the argument posed repeatedly that a vaccine mandate in schools would be meant to protect the unvaccinated children; however, the science clearly shows that this is not necessary given children’s ability to fight the virus. Similarly, vaccinated adults are protected from serious illness or death if they were to experience a breakthrough case.
I would encourage you to research the case rates in the general population, as well as the hospitalization and death rates among the different age groups. I have and the rates for serious illness and death are staggeringly low for children, particularly in Middlesex County.
I urge the School Superintendent not to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine for staff, and likewise urge the Board of Health to reconsider its recommendations for vaccine mandates in general.