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Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer

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Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer

I don’t get out that often. Farming requires a constant set of eyeballs on the herds and flocks as well as a fair degree of labor regardless of the season. Throughout the past year and half as the rest of the world seemed to have descended into a collective psychosis over an annual flu bug I watched from a comfortable distance, not only in the physical sense, but psychologically as well. I began to pay attention to the developing narrative very early in January of 2020 when most people were going about their lives blithely unaware of the developing storm clouds building on the horizon.

I am not combative by nature, but generally affable and easygoing with others. As the early adopters of the masks began their paranoid devotions, I simply kept my distance and went about my business without comment. I firmly believe in the right of self-determination and that everyone has the ability to make decisions for themselves without being compelled by threats of force or other more pernicious forms of coercion. When the first mandates went into effect, I disregarded them as illogical and irrational and continued to go about my life as I had previously.

I’m not sure why no one ever bothered me, but it probably had something to do with the fact that I know where I am going and what I am doing and give off vibe of someone on a mission. The children always enjoyed going shopping with me rather than my wife because when I enter a store, I select what I came for and exit promptly. The socializing, the aimless drifting from one aisle to the next has never held any fascination for me and I move about around the rest of the shoppers like a border collie amongst the herds.

Occasionally someone at the entrance of the store would hold out a disposable mask in my direction and I would always politely decline with a smile and continue about my business without any further trouble. This continued for the duration of the ridiculous and unlawful mandates until people were once again granted permission to do what they had been doing without permission since the dawn of mankind.

Having worked daily with herd animals I have learned a great deal about group dynamics and the behavior of animals in large numbers. I wrote about these phenomenon for years before the Year of the Plague came around and when I saw it in action with my own species, I found it equally compelling to observe.

Charles Mackay, in his seminal work Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, wrote the following-

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

Even the most ardent believer in the cult of Covid would be hard-pressed to find disagreement with that observation. In fact those who seem to be the trend setters in this quasi-religious movement seem to have counted upon it as they moved those herds about from one end of the societal plane to the other. The contradictory nature of what many refer to as the settled science was obvious to anyone paying attention and appeared to be crucial in maintaining the perpetual state of cognitive dissonance required to implement the plans of those in positions of power.

I should state, for the purpose of clarity, that I do not accept any of the official explanations for the mandates and enforced behaviors that appeared in the wake of this seasonal flu outbreak, because the end results clearly indicate another agenda far removed from public safety or the health of the population. The destruction of small businesses while large corporations remained open, the suspension of rent payments to landlords, the closing of venues where people gather normally to interface and engage socially, the covering of faces that prevent the recognition of individuality are- to my eyes- deliberate tactics designed to break the spirit of the people and to destroy the middle class economically while forcing vast swaths of the population into dependence upon the state and thus make them easier to control.

The very idea that we are now going to defeat an entire class of life form that has existed far longer than human beings is so ridiculous on its face it could only have been sold to a people completely ignorant of the functions of the natural world. Viruses, like any other opportunistic pathogen, serve a vital purpose and their eradication is not only ridiculous to contemplate, but an impossibility. Contrary to everything we have ever known about health and vitality, we are being sold experimental genetic therapies that have untold implications and manifold opportunities for unintended consequences for those foolish enough to submit to them.

The single most effective means to avoid the negative impact of any disease or infection is and has always been a superior constitution; good health, physical fitness, solid genetics, a nourishing diet, sound sleep and a positive outlook. The only things that those in power have failed to address at all during the entire duration of this global terror operation are those points. Health and fitness businesses were hounded into bankruptcy while a perpetual state of anxiety was instilled 24/7 by both the media and political establishment. Rather than calling for calm, fear became the perpetual and unrelenting message broadcast around the clock; millions would die, hospitals would be overwhelmed, the elderly were being murdered by those who refused to submit to wearing bandanas on their face.

The sheer insanity of these baseless claims overrode the rational mind and observable reality of what was actually occuring. The behavior of those in positions of power clearly demonstrated that they did not believe their own lies as they were frequently caught flouting their ad hoc directives and unprincipled demands. How so many were able to reconcile the glaring contradicitons of Governors laughing it up with unmasked associates in high priced restaurants and their dire press conferences demanding that everyone remain locked up in self imposed confinement is unfathomable to me, and yet it became the norm.

Man had, as Mackay observed, gone mad in herds.

In my line of work the only metric that has any value is how things turn out. The hens lay eggs or they do not. The maple sap flows plentifully or we make no syrup. It rains, or there is a drought. We calve successfully and increase the herd or the cows go to slaughter and new blood is brought in. There isn’t a lot of room for experimental technologies and media relations. We don’t try and convince people that what we do is crucial for the environment, or that the meats and pickles, syrups and vinegar we produce are delicious, we trust that they can decide these things for themselves just by visiting the farm to take a look around or by eating what we produce.

Our herds don’t get sick, not because we use prophylaxis, but because we make sure that they live and eat as they were designed by nature to do and because we breed for superior genetics. The idea that simple expose to pathogens leads to certain illness is simply not true. I am likely exposed to more forms of bacteria, parasites, molds and germs than the entire staff of the CDC just be going about my daily chores and yet at my age I never get sick, no colds, no flu, no infections and no allergies.

My greatest fear isn’t some microscopic virus that exists in virtually every centimeter of airspace on Earth, but a bad fall on the ice some winter morning, yet I do not live in fear of that possibility either. I’ve suffered virtually every type of accident imaginable, some of which have nearly killed me, yet I wake up each morning with nothing but excitement for what the day will bring because that’s the joy of life.

“On a long enough timeline the survival rate is zero.” Chuck Palahniuk

I pay scant attention to the daily scare tactics, the evolving fear mongering of a threadbare myth that somehow all of humanity will spared from death no matter how much we weigh or how old and frail we become if only every healthy person just bows down and accepts an experimental vaccines and continues to wear a face covering and keep away from everyone else, forever. The sheer absurdity of it is as clear as the morning sky to anyone with even a shred of reason left between their ears. The end result of this endless miasma of mal-information and Hegalian dialectic is lost freedom, lower standards of living, increasing isolation, rising anxiety and perpetual submission to the gods of the copybook headings.

I understand now as I did back in the early days of this scam that it was designed to usher in a novus ordo seclorum, a time of complete top down control of the mass of mankind by a psychopathic elite so deeply unsettled in their own lives that only the destruction of others brings any kind of relief to their internal psychic torture. A casual glance at any of the key players shows clearly the reasons behind their virulent hatred of anything appearing normal and healthy. Their bizarre nervous tics, lopsided faces, unsettling voices and malformed bodies. The anger they feel towards the outside world transforms them from harmless nobodies into fearful tyrants with no governor on their disturbing machinations.

They lash out at the world like spoiled brats, without a care for the damage they bring into the lives of hundreds of millions of people simply trying to make their way through the world. No thought was ever given to the profound psychological and spiritual impact upon an entire generation of children who will never know what life was like without being driven into a frenzy of fear at the unseen world, of other people. No concern for the isolated and alienated locked away in their nursing homes, dying alone, untouched by human hands, or the legions of addicts and drunkards trying to blot out the hopelessness of a world bereft of normal human interactions.

These are but the collateral losses that come with astronomic profits raked in by the captains of the fear industry. They and the rest of their mandarins gather in obscene luxury at their palatial estates, completely unaffected by the propaganda they churn out like chum on the roiling waters of a collapsing social order. Their behavior is the dictionary definition of a sociopath and yet they manage to escape the judgment they so richly deserve because they have managed to control virtually every avenue of information in order to consolidate their grasp on power. This is not an aberration, it is the norm when the unfit and the unhealthy dominate the landscape and the results are always the same in every age and every place.

It looks, to the average American, as if there are no choices left to be made. Accept the endlessly morphing demands for obedience or face a howling darkness of social ostracism and economic ruin. None of this is true, of course, we always have choices to make. The Stoics lit a lamp for all of us long, long ago and remind us to this day that while you cannot change the actions of others, the weather or the political climate of your time, you can always decide how you will react to it yourself. We have far more power than most of us realize, but it only becomes apparent, like our muscles or immune system, when we exercise it.

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”Seneca

Tyrannical COVID Vaccine Mandates Strongly Opposed In Europe And USA

Since coronavirus pandemic lockdowns were implemented by many governments in 2020, people around the world have held largely peaceful protests against unprecedented social distancing restrictions that are devastating global economies and ruining people’s lives.1 2 3 4

Now, faced with being ordered to obey new laws that require them to be injected with COVID-19 vaccines in order to enter public spaces or hold a job, on July 24, 2021 — World Freedom Day — hundreds of thousands of people of all ages took to the streets in Australia, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Greece and Germany to publicly challenge oppressive public health laws.5 6

tyrannical covid vaccine mandates strongly opposed in europe and usa

The messages on the signs they held were diverse but they were united in pushing back against government overreach. The brave determination of people, in democracies around the world who are publicly defending civil liberties — freedom of thought, speech, conscience and assembly — and the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking, demonstrates that the spirit of freedom lives in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Both those who gather in the public squares of cities big and small and those who are watching are inspired by this commitment to defending liberty.

In the United States, no large demonstrations have been held yet, but polls reveal the nation is sharply divided about COVID-19 vaccine mandates. A Politico/Harvard poll taken in late June 2021 found that Americans were evenly split on whether children should be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to go to school and more than half of employed Americans are against COVID-19 vaccine requirements for holding a job, while almost 70 percent of Americans oppose being required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter a store or business.7

A recent CS Mott Children’s Hospital poll found that more than half of parents in the U.S. with children between the ages of three and 11 say it is unlikely they will give their children the COVID-19 vaccine.8

Australia: “The Lockdown Is Killing Us, Not COVID”

With a population of 25 million people, Australians have been subjected to repeated strict lockdowns over the past 18 months and the government’s “stay at home” lockdown in early July 2021 was imposed on New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, where more than half the country’s population lives.

The 30-day rigid social distancing restrictions were enacted after 176 new daily infections were registered in the whole country.9

In response, thousands of Australians gathered in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on July 24 to protest the lockdown.

Social distancing restrictions that have been imposed include compulsory masking in all indoor non-personal residence settings; most schools closed; restrictions on how far people can travel from their homes; no going to work except for designated “essential” employees (who must be tested every three days); exercising and gathering outside only in groups of two; shopping only for essential items; attendance at funerals limited to 10 people but weddings are banned, and other limits on person-to-person social interaction.

In what the U.K. newspaper Daily Mail described as “frenzied crowds” coming together on July 24, there were estimates that as many as 10,000 protesters marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district.

Carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth” and “I don’t consent” and “Wake up Australia!” and “We are your employers, we are not your slaves” and “unmasked, untested, unvaxxed, unafraid” and “I am not a biohazard” and “Our kids are not your guinea pigs” and “No false tests, no false cases, no lockdowns,” one protester said, “We don’t give a f*** mate, this lockdown is killing us.” Another agreed: “I’m against lockdowns, they’re killing my business.”

Dozens of protesters climbed onto the roofs of a train station and Woolworths store as the crowd gathered around Town Hall singing the Australian national anthem. One observer said on social media, “Protest stretches right down Broadway! Absolutely massive turnout.”

The Sydney protest was mostly peaceful but when mounted police told the demonstrators to disperse or they would be pepper sprayed, some broke through a police barrier and threw plastic bottles and plants at officers. The New South Wales Police Minister confirmed 57 people were arrested and charged and a “strike force has been established to investigate who was in attendance.”10

On July 28, the Australian Prime Minister called in military personnel to help enforce social distancing restrictions in Sydney and extended the lockdown for another month after 239 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city of five million people within a 24-hour period.

Residents will be forced to wear a mask outside their homes and must stay within 3 miles of their homes, only going out for “essential” activities like food shopping.11

On July 30, the Australian government used helicopters and the Army to help police enforce its ‘Zero Covid’ lockdown in Sydney and issue $500 fines for failure to mask.12 The BBC reported that Australian Defense Force soldiers will begin conducting unarmed patrols of the streets this week.13

According to media reports, sirens could be heard throughout the city and helicopters blared messages that ‘this is public health order — do not break rules — you will be found and fined.” Road blocks were set up in a military show of force in response to the public demonstrations earlier in the week, although soldiers are under police command. Starting this week, military personnel will accompany police going door to door to ensure that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are isolating.14

Reuters reports that the Australian COVID-19 vaccination rate for adults stands at 18 percent and the Prime Minister has said 80 percent of adults must get vaccinated before the border, which has been sealed since the pandemic began, will be re-opened.15

Britain: “No Forced Testing, No Forced Vaccines”

In May 2021, a 12 mile procession of tens of thousands of people ended at Parliament Square in a protest against continuing lockdowns and vaccine passports as a condition of accessing public venues.16

On July 19, the British government lifted the COVID-19 lockdown that had been in place for over a year, eliminating masking requirements, work from home, and limits on numbers of people who can gather together, which allowed for the full opening of restaurants and other public venues without social distancing restrictions.17

Just five days after the lockdown restrictions were lifted, thousands of people made their way to Trafalgar Square on July 24 to signal their opposition to potential future lockdowns, as well as to protest against the showing of COVID-19 vaccine passports as a condition of entering public spaces.18

There were banners draped in front of the speaker podium saying, “the public demands live debate” and “Science is not science without discussion” and demonstrators held signs that said “No forced testing, no forced vaccines” and “We are the lions in a world of sheep” and “If you tolerate this, your children will be next.”19

Toward the end of the July 24 demonstration, the huge gathering in Trafalgar Square in unison sang, “You’ll Never Walk Alone:”

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high,
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, Walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.

The United Kingdom, which has a population of 57 million, ranks in the top 20 most COVID vaccinated nations, with an adult vaccination rate of over 57 percent.20

France: “My Body Is Mine” And “It Is My Choice”

Paris, France and the cities of Marseille, Montpelier, Nantes and Toulouse saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets on World Freedom Day to protest against a proposed law that would require all health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations or lose their jobs.

People will be barred from entering restaurants or other public venues, effectively preventing them from participating in public life unless they have a health pass showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recovery from the disease or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

A care assistant at a Strasbourg nursing home expressed her disgust with the proposed law, saying it is “the blackmail of caregivers who were at the fronts line during the first wave and who are now threatened with “no more pay” and even being fired.21

A huge crowd of 160,000 people or more, many chanting “freedom, freedom” and carrying signs saying “stop the dictatorship” and “Big Pharma shackles freedom” and “no to the pass of shame” and “vaccines: fake freedom” and “don’t touch our children” were met by police deploying tear gas and a water cannon used against some of them.22 Reuters reported that scuffles broke out at the Champs-Elysees and the Gare Saint-Lazare railway station.23

The demonstrators met at the Bastille plaza and marched through eastern Paris and also gathered at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower to protest the required carrying of a “health pass.”24

Just two days after witnessing several hundred thousand people voicing their opposition to the proposed new public health law, on July 26, the French Parliament voted to pass the law that will take effect this week.25 26

Five days later, on July 31, several hundred thousand French citizens of all ages again flooded into the streets of Paris with signs saying “We are not guinea pigs” and “It is our choice” and “My body is mine” and “Health terror — I will not submit” and “the 4th wave is us” in opposition to the new COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine passport.27

According to media reports, four marches dovetailed into the Place de la Bastille, with health care workers in white coats leading some of them, and were met by waiting squads of gendarmes and CRS riot police with water cannons. Demonstrators also gathered at the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees and at the Villiers metro station in northwest Paris.

Reportedly, about 150 other protest events also took place in cities around France, which has a population of about 67 million and an estimated COVID vaccination rate of about 47.5 percent28 or more.

Italy: “Enough Dictatorship: No Green Passes”

Thousands of people gathered in Rome, Genova, Milan, Naples, Turin and scores of other cities in Italy on July 24 to voice their opposition to the government’s imposition of social distancing and COVID-19 vaccine requirements on citizens, including a requirement to carry the “Green Pass,” which is an extension of the European Union’s digital COVID certificate.29

The Green Pass will be required to enter cinemas, museums, indoor swimming pools, sports stadiums or eat indoors at restaurants, proving that a person has been vaccinated, has had a recent negative COVID-19 test or has recovered from the coronavirus infection.30

Chanting and carrying signs that said “Freedom” and “No Green Pass” and “Down with the dictatorship” and “Better to die free than live like slaves” and “against vaccination obligations” and “government does terrorism” and “shame-shame,”31 32 reportedly about 80 cities in Italy saw demonstrations on World Freedom Day.

These included an estimated nine thousand people in Milan, who marched in procession to the Piazza Duomo, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele and to the Piazza Scala in front of the Town Hall. One banner said “Big Pharma out of the state. No to multinationals.”

About five thousand people gathered in Piazza Castello in Turin with signs that said “We want to have the freedom to choose – the freedom to go wherever we want without being tied to a sheet.”

In Rome, where there have been anti-lockdown demonstrations over the past year to protest then closure of cafes, bars and restaurants,33 an estimated two thousand demonstrated and the police intervened to disperse the crowd with armored vehicles.34

Italy has a population of about 60 million people, with nearly 52 percent vaccinated for COVID-19.35

Greece: “Hands Off Our Children”

Thousands of people gathered in Omonia Square in the center of Athens on July 24 to express their opposition to the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. They carried signs saying “No mandatory vaccinations” and “No blackmail to dismiss” and “No separation of Greeks” and “hands off our children.”

The leader of the anti-COVID vaccine movement in Greece, cardiologist Faidon Vovolis, MD addressed the huge crowd, which, according to Athens News, included “not only anti-vaccination activists, but also food and tourism entrepreneurs, clergy, citizens disaffected by the overall government leadership over the pandemic, and vaccinated citizens who view recent government measures as anti-democractic.”36

Greek police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators, who had rallied outside the Parliament building to protest COVID-19 vaccine requirements for workers, such as health care workers. Reuters said that about 45 percent of Greece’s 11 million population is already vaccinated.37

Germany: “For Peace, Freedom, Truth”

Berlin has been the site of several large demonstrations against lockdowns and COVID vaccine passports over the past year.38

On Aug. 1, 2021, tens of thousands of citizens marched in the streets of Berlin to protest lockdowns that have restricted dining indoors at restaurants or staying in a hotel and requirements to provide proof of COVID vaccination, defying a ban by German lower and upper administrative courts on public demonstrations.39

Berlin’s administrative court had refused to authorize 13 demonstrations, some of which had been organized by the Querdenker (Lateral thinker) anti-lockdown movement.40

Berlin’s police department deployed more than 2,000 officers armed with batons, pepper spray and water cannon as the crowds made their way from Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood, past the Tiergarten park and on to the Brandenberg Gate.

Reportedly, police in heavily armed vans dragged protesters across roads and into the vans with marchers shouting for freedom and the lifting of mandatory masking and travel bans. Protesters continued to march in the evening through the city streets and 600 people were arrested.41

Germany has a population of 83 million and 52 percent have been fully vaccinated.42

Human Rights Watch: COVID-19 Triggers Wave Of Free Speech Abuse

On Feb. 11, 2021, Human Rights Watch published a report called for an end to excessive restrictions on free speech and peaceful demonstration where people are criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns, mandatory masking and other social distancing regulations that restrict civil liberties. The human rights organization said:43

At least 83 governments worldwide have used the Covid-19 pandemic to justify violating the exercise of free speech and peaceful assembly… Authorities have attacked, detained, prosecuted, and in some cases killed critics, broken up peaceful protests, closed media outlets, and enacted vague laws criminalizing speech that they claim threatens public health.

The victims include journalists, activists, healthcare workers, political opposition groups, and others who have criticized government responses to the coronavirus… Governments and other state authorities should immediately end excessive restrictions on free speech in the name of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Decentralized Government In U.S. Makes A National COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate More Difficult

Unlike centralized governments in Europe and many other parts of the world, the founders of the United States of America ensured in the U.S. Constitution that this country would operate with lawmaking power shared between national, state and local governments.44

The fact that lawmaking power in the U.S. does not solely reside with the federal government, which is composed of the legislative (U.S. Congress), Executive (President/federal agencies) and Judicial (federal courts) branches, so far has protected the U.S. population from being subjected to the same kinds of uniform lockdown restrictions and now, the same kinds of COVID-19 vaccine mandates that are being implemented in European Union countries and other nations with centralized federal governments.

Since most public health laws in the U.S. fall under the legal jurisdiction of states, if a resident does not like the lockdown, masking, social distancing or COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state they are living in, they simply can move to a different state that does not have the same kind of oppressive public health laws.

This is one reason why, although there have been smaller anti-lockdown and anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrations in the U.S. over the past 15 months, some of them protesting COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health care workers,45 so far there have not been massive national demonstrations in the U.S. like those taking place in Europe and other parts of the world.

U.S. Government Pushes For An 85 Percent COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

As of July 28, about 60 percent of the U.S. population of 332 million people age 12 and older had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and reportedly 50 percent, or about 165 million Americans, are “fully” vaccinated.46

As the third largest country in the world, the U.S. has a high COVID-19 vaccination rate compared to other countries, with only 25 countries recording a higher vaccination rate than the U.S.47

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the country with the largest population in the world at 1.5 billion people—China—has a 16 percent COVID vaccination rate; the country with the second largest population in the world at 1.4 billion people—India—has a 7.4 percent COVID vaccination rate; and Russia, with a population of 146 million people, has a 17 COVID vaccination rate.48

However, U.S. government officials are pushing for an 85 percent COVID vaccination rate in the U.S.,49 even as a former FDA commissioner says that a combination of natural acquired immunity and vaccine acquired immunity is likely rapidly achieving an 85 percent herd immunity rate with the Delta variant in the U.S. population.50

Half to Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Punitive COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates As Companies Begin to Mandate

Even though polls show that one-half to two-thirds of Americans oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates, depending upon the setting,51 on July 29, the President announced that all federal workers and contractors must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or mask and social distance at all times and get constantly tested.52

The federal government also is urging corporations, local and state government agencies, medical facilities and other institutions to make vaccination a condition of employment.

Some companies, like Google, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Ascension Health, The Washington Post, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lyft and Uber, Walmart and Disney have already mandated employees to get COVID-19 shots to continuing working for the companies.53 54

On July 30, Broadway theaters announced that all members of the audience will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must keep a mask on at all times except when eating or drinking.55

Opposition Grows As CDC Admits Fully Vaccinated Persons Can Get and Efficiently Transmit COVID-19
After lifting national masking recommendations for COVID vaccinated persons in May 2021 with the assurance that the vaccine was effective in preventing symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection,56 on July 27, CDC officials abruptly reversed course and said that Americans, whether vaccinated or not, should wear a mask indoors outside their homes in certain places.57 58

They said they based that policy change on new information that the COVID-19 vaccines do not reliably prevent infection and transmission of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 and that the viral load in vaccinated persons who get infected is as high as the viral load in unvaccinated persons who get infected.59 60

CDC officials said the new federal indoor masking policy especially applies to adults in “high risk” areas where there are more people being infected with the Delta variant.

The masking directive also applies to all unvaccinated children over age two, as well as vaccinated children over age 12 attending school, and additionally includes all teachers, school staff and visitors to schools whether vaccinated or not.61

Reuters reported on July 24 that vaccinated people made up 75 percent of recent COVID-19 cases identified in Singapore, but vaccinated cases were associated with mild symptoms:

Of Singapore’s 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484 or about 44 percent were in fully vaccinated people, while 30 percent were partially vaccinated and just over 25 percent were unvaccinated.62

The percentage ratio of infected vaccinated to infected unvaccinated persons in Singapore matches that of a recent SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Massachusetts.

On July 30, Associated Press reported that information in CDC documents revealed that 75 percent of the Provincetown outbreak occurred among fully vaccinated individuals. About 80 percent of them experienced COVID-19 symptoms, with the most common being cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and fever.63

U.S. States Push Back Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Over the past year, Americans have been taking action at the state and local level to block COVID-19 vaccine mandates. A number of states have passed laws that restrict COVID-19 vaccine mandates and “vaccine passports” that bar people from entering public spaces.

Among the states that have passed laws prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine passports or COVID-19 vaccine mandates in some way are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. 64 65 66

On July 29, the Governor of Texas signed an executive order prohibiting state government agencies from mandating COVID-19 vaccine being distributed under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and banning public or private entities that receive state funds from denying entry to those who are not vaccinated and, additionally, banning companies, state and local agencies — including school districts — from requiring mask wearing.

He said that Texans, “have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”67

Governors of several other states also have issued executive orders prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and some local and state governments have prohibited mask mandates.68 69

But some city and state governments, like New York City and California, have created legal requirements that force state employees to get vaccinated as a condition of keeping their jobs.70

On July 26, the nation’s largest healthcare worker union, United Healthcare Workers, demonstrated in New York City against employee COVID-19 vaccine mandates.71

So far, the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment is also opposed by the American Postal Workers Union,72 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and United Auto Workers.73

It’s Up To You To Act Now

With military soldiers patrolling the streets in Sydney, Australia and poIice with water cannons and tear gas facing tens of thousands of people protesting against vaccine passports and COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the streets of London, Paris, Rome, Athens and many other cities in Europe, there should be no doubt where the enforcement of mandatory vaccination policies are headed in the U.S. if Americans fail to proactively take action now.

There is no question that we are dealing with a global assault on civil liberties and human rights when public discussion and debate about government policy is censored 74 75 and peaceful dissent is considered a crime.

Public health laws that respect civil liberties and the informed consent ethic can only be secured if the lawmakers we elect value civil liberties and defend informed consent rights. Become fully informed about who you are voting for and never miss an opportunity to vote.

I and the supporters of the non-profit charity the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) have worked since 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education. We have publicly defended the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking and other human rights that include freedom of thought, speech and conscience. In 2010, we launched the

NVIC Advocacy Portal, a free online communications and advocacy network to empower Americans to work in their own communities to secure informed consent protections in public health laws.

Now more than ever, it is time to get to know your local, county and state elected representatives – from your school board members and county supervisors to your local sheriff and lawmakers – who represent you in your local and state governments. Establish a personal relationship with those who make laws that govern you and your family. Have a conversation with them now about why you believe it is important to protect civil liberties and vaccine informed consent rights in public health laws. Provide them with well referenced vaccine information from and register and join with thousands of others in your state working to protect the legal right to make a voluntary vaccination decision by becoming a user of the NVIC Advocacy Portal at

Actively participate in the democratic process that has defined who we are as a Constitutional Republic since the US Constitution was ratified in 1788. Be the one who never has to say you did not do today what you could have done to change tomorrow.

By Barbara Loe Fisher,

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6 Ibid.
7 Goldberg D. Politico-Harvard poll: Americans sharply divided over vaccine mandates. PoliticoJuly 11, 2021.
8 University of Michigan. National poll: Parents split on whether to vaccinate younger kids against COVID. Medical Xpress July 26, 2021.
9 McPhee S, Lackey B. Australian anti-lockdown protesters violently clash with police and yell anti-vaxxer slogans in rallies across the country in response to harsh new restrictions after just 176 daily infections. Daily Mail July 24, 2021.
10 Ibid.
11 Packham C, Jose R. Australian military to help enforce Sydney COVID-19 lockdown as cases rise. Reuters July 28, 2021.
12 Pyman T. Australia uses helicopters and the ARMY to enforce its “Zero Covid” lockdown as thousands of police flood Sydney to enforce the rules and hand out $500 no-mask fines – with just 17% of adults vaccinated. Daily Mail July 31, 2021.
13 BBC News. Covid in Sydney: Military deployed to help enforce lockdown. July 30, 2021.
14 Pyman T. Australia uses helicopters and the ARMY to enforce its “Zero Covid” lockdown as thousands of police flood Sydney to enforce the rules and hand out $500 no-mask fines – with just 17% of adults vaccinated. Daily Mail July 31, 2021.
15 Pandey S, Duran P. Australia PM wants 80% of adults vaccinated before border opening.Reuters July 30, 2021.
16 Fisher BL. Hundreds of Thousands March in London Protesting Pandemic Restrictions, Vaccine Passports. The Vaccine Reaction May 31, 2021.
17 The Irish Times. England marks ‘freedom day’ as Johnson enters isolation. July 19, 2021.
18 Miller M. Anti-vaccine passport protest erupts in London.Washington Examiner July 25, 2021.
19 Pyman T. Katie Hopkins joins conspiracy theorist David Icke as thousands pack Trafalgar Square for ‘Freedom Rally’ after she was kicked out of Australia for mocking it hotel quarantine ahead of Celebrity Big Brother appearance. Daily Mail July 24, 2021.
20 Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccine progress across the world: % of population fully vaccinated.
21 Voice of America. Thousands Around Globe Protest COVID-19 Shots, Lockdowns. July 24, 2021.
22 Ibid.
23 Reuters. Protesters Opposed to COVID Measures Clash with Police in Paris. U.S. News & World Reports July 24, 2021.
24 Lewis L. Riot police fire tear gas and water cannons on protesters in Paris as thousands demonstrate against bill mandating vaccine passports for restaurants and jabs for all healthcare workers. Daily Mail July 24, 2021
25 France24. French parliament approves law requiring Covid pass for restaurants, travel starting in August. July 26, 2021.
26 Fox-Muraton M. France’s COVID health pass raises serious ethical questions. The Conversation July 29, 2021.
27 Feehan K. Thousands of anti-vaxxers march through Paris holding placards saying ‘We are not guinea pigs’ and ‘It is our choice’ in opposition to compulsory jabs and vaccine passports. Daily Mail July 3, 2021.
28 Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccine progress across the world: % of population fully vaccinated.
29 Giuffrida A. Italy imposes “green pass” restrictions on unvaccinated people. The GuardianJuly 22, 2021.
30 AFP. Thousands protest against Covid vaccination passes in Italy. July 24, 2021.
31 The Straights Times. Protests across Italy against COVID-19 vaccine certificates. July 24, 2021.
32 World D. Demonstrations against the green pass throughout Italy, riots in Rome. Italy NewsJuly 24, 2021.
33 D’Emilio F. Restaurant owners clash with police in Rome lockdown protest. Associated PressApr. 6, 2021.
34 World D. Demonstrations against the green pass throughout Italy, riots in Rome. Italy NewsJuly 24, 2021.
35 Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccine progress across the world: % of population fully vaccinated.
36 Athens News. Athens: Opponents’ March of Mandatory Vaccination. July 24, 2021.
37 Reuters. Greek Police Clash with Protesters in Rally Against Mandatory Vaccinations. U.S. News & World Report July 24, 2021.
38 Fisher BL. Biggest Anti-Lockdown Freedom Day Protest Held in Berlin, Germany. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 3, 2020.
39 Schultheis E. Berlin Protesters decry coronavirus measures; 600 detained. Associated PressAug. 1, 2021.
40 Deutsche Welle. COVID: Berlin court bans anti-lockdown protests. Aug. 1, 2021.
41 Farrell K. German demonstrators defy court order as thousands violently clash with police on lockdown. Daily Express Aug. 1, 2021.
42 Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccine progress across the world: % of population fully vaccinated.
43 Human Rights Watch. Covid-19 Triggers Wave of Free Speech Abuse. Feb. 11, 2021.
44 The USA Online. State and Local Government.
45 Hall C, Stein E. ‘My body, my choice’ protesters say of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at Henry Ford Health System. Detroit Free Press July 17, 2021.
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47 Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccine progress across the world: % of population fully vaccinated.
48 Ibid.
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50 Ponciano J. Delta Variant Could Push US Covid Immunity to 85%, Says Former FDA Head.Forbes July 4, 2021.
51 Goldberg D. Politico-Harvard poll: Americans sharply divided over vaccine mandates. PoliticoJuly 11, 2021.
52 Walsh J. Biden Unveils Vaccine – or – Test Mandate for All Federal Workers – Including Military. Forbes July 29, 2021.
53 Beneviste A. These companies are insisting on COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. CNNJuly 30, 2021.
54 Downey C. Walmart and Disney Impose Vaccination Mandates on Employees. National Review July 30, 2021.
55 Evans G. Broadway Will Require Audience to Be Vaccinated for Covid & Masked Except When Eating or Drinking. Yahoo Entertainment July 30, 2021.
56 Lovelace B. CDC says fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors in most settings. CNBC May 13, 2021.
57 CDC. When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others. July 27, 2021.
58 Howard J. CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain areas. CNN July 27, 2021.
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62 Reuters. Vaccinated people make up 75 percent of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore, but few fall ill.bdnews24 July 24, 2021.
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65 Howard J. Some states move to block Covid-19 vaccine requirements in public schools.CNNJuly 13, 2021
66 National Vaccine Information Center. NVIC Advocacy Portal.
67 Jewers C. Greg Abbott signs Texas order stopping mask and COVID vaccine mandates.Microsoft News July 29, 2021.
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