This past week Governor Charlie Baker, the esteemed Republican governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ventured further along the road to totalitarianism than any other governor during the Coronavirus pandemic. This article contains the gist of his latest and most outrageous proposal.
Gov. Charlie Baker says that the new flu vaccine requirement for Massachusetts students is aimed at trying to keep hospitalizations down this fall and winter as the coronavirus pandemic persists. The Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that all students in the state will be required to get the flu vaccine by Dec. 31.
The new mandate affects all children 6 months or older in Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities.
When Governor Baker made this proposal public I don’t believe he had any idea the outrage it would generate on social media. The amount of outrage it did generate was spectacular, even among those who blindly accepted all of his other overbearing Coronavirus decrees.
With his flu vaccine mandate Governor Baker is intruding rather forcefully into two sacred and intimate relationships. Parents alone should determine if their children should be vaccinated. Governor Baker is absolutely trampling on the parental rights of every single parent in the State of Massachusetts. That fact is at the very heart of the outrage that swept across this state.
Governor Baker is also sticking his nose into the sacred relationship between doctors and patients. That has also led to a lot of outrage. Government at no level has a right to intrude into that relationship just like it has no right to intrude into the child parent relationship.
With this one addition to his flu vaccine mandate Governor Baker did not descend into absolute totalitarianism:
Exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons, the state said. Homeschooled students and college students who are completely off campus and only learning remotely are also exempted.
According to the article 81 percent of students got the flu vaccine last year. With that high rate already why is the mandate even necessary? I believe the mandate will actually lead to fewer students getting the flu shot. Government forcing someone to do something is a great way to make sure a sizable percent of individuals do not do that something even though it is in their best interest.
For the second month in a row Massachusetts has the highest unemployment rate. That is thanks to Governor Baker’s disastrous business lockdowns. Business owners are losing enormous amounts of money because they cannot open their doors. So many business will never open their doors again. All of this is unnecessary, About 200 individuals a day are discovered to be infected with the Coronavirus. That is only because about 10,000 a day are being tested. Deaths and hospitalizations are way down.