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Letter: Anti-vaxxers ignore lessons on early vaccine mandates

Letter: Anti-vaxxers ignore lessons on early vaccine mandates

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President Biden has mandated Covid-19 vaccinations for a number of groups in the country, i.e., military members, federal workers and contractors, health care workers, etc. Now we have a huge effort from his opposition to prevent the mandate as opposed to getting on board in order to protect the citizens of this country.

Mandating of a vaccine is one more step in the fight to put an end to this horrible pandemic. The people who oppose this action claim “mandatory” vaccinations are unconstitutional and a breach of personal freedom.

The very first instance of mandated vaccines goes back to 1777 when George Washington required all of his troops to be vaccinated against smallpox. At the time, more of his men were dying from smallpox than military action. In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Jacobson v. Massachusetts that the state has the authority to enforce mandatory vaccines. The ruling stated, “one cannot deprive neighbors of their liberty by contributing to the spread of smallpox. In 1922, in Zucht v. King, the court ruling declared a school system could refuse admission to students who didn’t receive required vaccines.

At this time, all 50 states have vaccination requirement for school entry. The argument claiming a mandatory vaccine is both unprecedented and unconstitutional has already been heard by our court system, with the courts determining the health and welfare of the majority exceeds the so-called freedom of an individual. Stop the madness and start advising your constituents to get vaccinated.

Charles Maloney

East Amherst

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