A current bill seeks to implement a reporting and registration system for COVID vaccinations in Vermont, integrated statewide between health care providers, as well as with other states and federal agencies. S.117 passed the Senate March 12, and is now before the Vermont House.
If Vermont businesses could be as innovative in crafting new products for consumption as our legislators are for concocting new potions to compel down our gullets, the Green Mountains would be an economic Nirvana. But then, our businesses have largely been shut down, while government expansion has been in overdrive.
S.117 is simply unnecessary for anything other than nefarious purposes. Since there is no scientific evidence suggesting the vaccine prevents those who receive it from carrying COVID to others (on the contrary, we are told it can be carried still), there is no rational basis upon which to differentiate between citizens due to immunization status. This is legally crystal clear — existing constitutional law requires a “rational basis,” at minimum, as a standard for the constitutionality of government laws. The standard for laws that impact a protected right is much higher.
On these facts, citizens need not debate the deadliness of the disease (because it is transmissible regardless of vaccination). There can be no “rational” differentiation (discrimination) between the vaccinated and unvaccinated for public health, when there is no protection to that health gained by vaccination. The majority of citizens are happily lining up for jabbing, so why is there an unconstitutional expansion of Big Brother in the Vermont Legislature, in this bill?
It appears that COVID deaths are waning. Why then pass a law to create a citizen health surveillance system? Is this to maximize pharmaceutical sales after COVID goes away? Will Vermonters still need to prove their registry (compliance) status for an extinct organism, or is this just setting us up for the annual flu-like COVID shot as the virus mutates? If so, my vaccination still protects no one but myself, so why do I need to be tracked?
Speaking of flu, deaths from that former viral combatant appear to have evaporated. Happy day! Vaccinations such as flu are already registered, but increasingly the governor has differentiated in the treatment and rights of people based on their “vaccination status.” That is not done with flu shots or other immunizations.
S.117 requires all insurers to report immunization data quarterly, and physicians must report within seven days:
(a) A health care provider shall report to the Department all data regarding immunizations of adults and of children under 18 years of age within seven days of the immunization.
That information may then be disseminated to other states, according to subsection c, and across Vermont and federal agencies:
(d) The Department may provide confidential registry information to health care provider networks serving Vermont patients, to the Vermont Health Information Exchange, and, with the approval of the Commissioner, to researchers who present evidence of approval from an institutional review board in accordance with 45 C.F.R. § 164.512.
Will this mean that Vermonters who have not been vaccinated will be refused medical treatment until they do so? Why is COVID vaccination different from other vaccines, that it requires such aggressive tracking?
COVID has been surrounded with suspicious histrionics and non-science since Wuhan was politicized. The disease impacts largely very old and compromised people, but we have traumatized generations of our youth with terror. We have used arbitrary, even capricious, laws that are largely unconstitutional and generally unenforceable to do very little to slow the spread of the disease. Whatever the biological contours of COVID, the response outlines either utter paranoid incompetence, or deliberate obfuscation and subjugation.
The most glaring perversion of this pandemic has been the pandemonium — the rebellion against the rule of law, and common sense. And the most glaring demonstration is this unsupportable logic, so unquestioningly imposed, which separates people based on vaccination status for a disease spread regardless of vaccination.
It was bizarre when Gov. Phil Scott announced travel restrictions distinguishing these new “classes” of citizens. It remains puzzling. But then, it was puzzling when the governor invoked COVID as a reason to issue an order seeking to ban confederate flags, hate speech and “incendiary images” in Vermont.
Distributing COVID funds to young black people in preference to old white people seemed bizarre, but so too was distributing COVID relief funds to black but not white-owned Vermont sole proprietorships.
Perhaps Governor Scott will veto a bill (S.117) that is unnecessary, illogical, and thus unconstitutional, ab initio. That would be bizarre — in a good way.
It seems bizarre that Vermont businesses, schoolchildren and taxpayers have suffered widely under COVID, but our bureaucratic tumor has thrived like a whole new infection. Yet, the government opportunism Vermonters see exhibited around them has been going on too long. It is in overdrive now.
EB-5, net metering, Vermont Health Connect, OneCare Vermont, GWSA, more taxes but perpetually underfunded pensions — this is the legacy of progressive domination using poorly-planned, and even-more-poorly-implemented, fantasies that subordinate the public interest to special interests and virtue-signalling egos. Is it any surprise that the government now seeks to implement a registry that creates new prejudices without improving health outcomes?
Vermonters must remember the vital importance of two registries: they must register to vote, and they must remember to check the registry of who voted for bills like S.117.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.