Friday, October 1, 2021

Vaccine Mandates are coercive, illegal, immoral and unethical. Informed consent requires a decision by the patient not an authoritarian edict.


Mandates ordering people to get an experimental covid vaccine with known side effects and questionable efficacy is the height of authoritarianism.

A fundamental principle of medical ethics and democracy is that people have a right to control their own bodies. Examples of this are common knowledge but seem to have been forgotten and are being ignored.

  • No one can kidnap a person or lay hands on a person without consent.

  • Minors cannot give anyone the right to perform medical procedures on them.

  • Individuals lacking capacity cannot give consent without authorization from a court or a guardian of that person. For example people with dementia cannot consent.

  • Consent cannot be coerced. For example, in general, prisoners can’t give consent to medical experimentation.

I encourage people to read this Informed Consent paper.

This journal article lays out the principles of informed consent in a clear and concise way.

Informed consent is both an ethical and legal obligation of medical practitioners in the US and originates from the patient's right to direct what happens to their body. Implicit in providing informed consent is an assessment of the patient's understanding, rendering an actual recommendation, and documentation of the process. The Joint Commission requires documentation of all the elements of informed consent "in a form, progress notes or elsewhere in the record."

The following are the required elements for documentation of the informed consent discussion:

(1) the nature of the procedure, (2) the risks and benefits and the procedure, (3) reasonable alternatives, (4) risks and benefits of alternatives, and (5) assessment of the patient's understanding of elements 1 through 4.

It is the obligation of the provider to make it clear that the patient is participating in the decision-making process and avoid making the patient feel forced to agree to with the provider. The provider must make a recommendation and provide their reasoning for said recommendation.

Emphasis added.

People are welcome to get vaccinated. That is their choice. Getiing 2 shots, a booster, getting vaccinated twice a year, whatever the person and their doctor agree to is fine. It’s a personal choice and as long as it’s informed, consensual and medically necessary it is completely none of my business or anyone else’s.

Forcing people to get vaccines on the other hand cannot be tolerated. Coercing people to get vaccines is unacceptable and also cannot be tolerated. Preying on minors who are not able to give consent for medical procedures cannot be tolerated.

This has to stop.

Now before someone makes the specious claim that this is about public health and the government has the authority to mandate vaccines I want to be quite clear that this is categorically not true.

  • First, there is no state of continuing emergency that would allow this authority to be used. Whether or not there ever was a true state of emergency that should have allowed the circumvention of constitutional principles, legal precedent, laws and normal medical and ethical standards is mute at this point. What is a fact is that the COVID 19 state of emergency that was declared by governors has expired in all states and democratic norms now apply. Vaccine mandates do not conform with these norms.

  • Second, Covid 19 vaccines are not at all like commonly accepted childhood vaccines for serious diseases like polio, small pox measles, etc… that are required to enter school. A few reasons for this distinction: C19 is an illness not a disease, the C19 vaccine is new and still in clinical trials, C19 vaccine does not prevent infection with covid, C19 vaccine does not prevent the transmission of covid, C19 has a 99%+ survival rate for most people.

  • Third, the smallpox Supreme Court case that the vaccine-only mandate advocates rely on is inapplicable for federal mandates. It is a case about a serious disease that kills around 40% of unvaccinated people. But most importantly it is a city order about preventing people on an international ship from entering the city during an actual emergency without providing proof of vaccination. That fact pattern isn’t even close to a federal mandate for a C19 vaccine or you lose your rights and lose your job.

  • Fourth, reasonable alternatives are not being offered. Anti-virals, treatment, preventative measures are not being offered as an alternative to C19 vaccines. Examples of alternatives would also include: encouraging people to stop smoking, encouraging obese people to lose weight, preventing and treating underlying medical conditions that are co-morbidities for C19, encouraging exercise, rest, multivitamins, taking special care with vulnerable populations, etc…

Here are a few examples of cases where autonomy and bodily integrity are incontrovertible:

  • A woman has a right to choose what happens with her body.

  • A child should not be psychologically or physically harmed

  • Police officers should not assault citizens

  • Prison guards should not physically assault prisoners

It makes no sense for anyone who believes these examples are valid to advocate for forced C19 vaccinations. Perhaps people have not thought it through, and I encourage them to do so in a rational manner. Forced C19 vaccinations should not be normalized because they are not consensual or ethical. For those who continue to cling to and support forced vaccinations the only explanations for endorsing such a tyrannical intrusion on people’s rights is in my opinion either complete brainwashing, callousness, or mass psychosis (watch this video)

This madness must stop. Mandates must not be used and people vaccinated or unvaccinated must stand up and defend the right of people to control their own bodies and make their own decisions about their health in a private way in consultation with their personal physician.

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