Individual Rights Must Be Preserved--Smarter Approach (Informed Consent, etc.)
Thanks for this opportunity to provide you direct feedback on the State's Immunization Regulation. Many lessons should have been learned after the recent COVID fiasco. Here are points that I would like addressed or reinforced in the Regulation:
1) Informed consent should be the foundation of the state's immunization program: The regulations fail to acknowledge the principle of informed consent, the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention, including a pharmaceutical product, and the right to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk for oneself or their minor child without being coerced or punished. The state should move from a mandatory, one size all vaccination schedule to one that allows parents to decide which vaccines their child receives or does not receive. Where there is risk, there must be choice. At a minimum, the regulations should be amended to include a definition of informed consent.
2) The right to a medical exemption must be protected: Medical exemptions are very difficult to obtain largely because doctors fear reprisal from the state’s medical regulatory bodies that grant medical licenses and board certifications, and exemptions are often refused by school or health authorities. The regulation should be strengthened to protect an individual’s right to a medical exemption.
3) The state should not require vaccines for children taught at home: Regulations requiring vaccinations for children taught at home are an overreach of the state’s authority and infringe on the rights of parents.
4) The COVID-19 vaccines should not be added to the vaccine schedule: There is now ample evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are associated with heart inflammation and other side effects. Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. There is also ample evidence that the shots do not prevent transmission. Again, where this is risk there must be choice. This vaccine should remain voluntary.
5) The right to religious exemptions must be preserved.