The New York Bar says that if voluntary vaccinations “do not produce the necessary levels of population immunity,” they will be 100% mandatory for everyone in New York State.
Last Saturday, the New York State Bar Association lobbied a new policy to pressure New Yorkers to volunteer to be vaccinated by adopting a policy that would make vaccination mandatory Covid if not taken by enough people. If deemed necessary, New Yorkers will not have the option to refuse the vaccination even if they have philosophical, religious or personal reasons for not taking it.
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) recommends that the state consider making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory once scientific consensus emerges that it is safe, effective and necessary. But before taking this important step, the state government should conduct a public awareness campaign to encourage voluntary vaccination.
When the New York Bar conducts these health checks, it may decide to mandate Covid vaccination either in designated areas or to all residents of New York State. Those who fought against mandatory vaccination policies have been hit hard and now face the very real possibility that such a policy will spread from state to state until the whole country is forced to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
With the number of cases on the rise again both nationally and statewide, the association calls on the state to:
- Ensure that vulnerable populations are treated ethically and without discrimination. This includes communities of color, the elderly, nursing home residents, people with disabilities, prisoners, and immigrants. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James and two national civil rights organizations criticized the federal government’s plan to distribute the vaccine to pharmacies. They say the plan sadly fails to address the needs of communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
- Enact state emergency health powers law and crisis standards of care to fill gaps in existing law This is essential for a well-coordinated response to the pandemic, increasing system capacity in the event of outbreak of cases. It would also clarify the legal authority and ethical standards for making decisions when there is a shortage of everything from personal protective equipment to skilled healthcare workers.
- Release older prisoners and people with disabilities and serious illnesses that do not pose a threat to the community
- Remove restrictions on the delivery of telehealth care and increase reimbursement for these services
“THE FOLLOWING,” says the Washington Sentinel. “CHIP of course, which is on the agenda for the first quarter of 2021.”
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