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Dear Name of Politician
RE: MANDATE VACCINES FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND REQUIRE A VACCINE PASSPORT
I am a constituent in your riding. Include only when it applies.
It seems that our provincial and federal leadership are catering to the minority given their position on mandating vaccines and vaccine passports. The minority seem to be the loudest in expressing their objections. I want to make you aware that I was one of the silent majority but am declaring that I am in favour of both. In fact, I think that by not doing so you are putting us all at risk.
The Delta variant which is now spreading globally is more virulent. WHO has recently revised their guidelines and is recommending that even fully vaccinated should continue to social distance and wear masks. There are new mutations of this virus, and it transfers more easily and faster. You do not need prolonged exposure and you don’t have to be within six feet to become infected. Young people and children may be at more risk of severe cases with this variant.
Canada has the worst record for deaths in long term care homes among wealthy countries in the world. That is pathetic. And now you refuse to mandate that staff working in hospitals and long-term care facilities will not be mandated. Are the elderly just disposable in your view? In Ontario I have seen no changes that would prevent such an event from occurring again.
The Ontario Medical Association and the Registered Nurses’ Association have called for a mandate for health care workers in areas where Delta make up at least 90% of covid 19 cases. At the rate it is spreading are you fantasizing that this will not be the case across all of Canada? The Olympics Committee required regular testing because some participants were not vaccinated. They had a bubble, almost no spectators. The virus is spreading throughout the games. Consider what is happening in other countries that are almost vaccinated at the same levels as Canada. England and the United States. So far France is the only country to mandate vaccines for health care workers and long-term care.
Vaccines are not unconstitutional. Children are mandated to have polio, measles etc. vaccines before entering public school. In the interest of public health, smoking was banned indoors for public spaces and outdoors at entrances and numerous locations because it polluted the air and was a health risk. Well covid is polluting the air and a health risk. How is this any different? Except that it is potentially more lethal in a shorter period.
You keep on saying you follow the advice of medical experts. If health care workers will not follow the advice of the health sector regarding vaccines, why should any of us? And as we do what is best for ourselves and our community, they are rewarded for not doing so.
As Delta cases rise, you are reopening the country. Can you not learn from observing other countries? You want to continue closing and reopening businesses. I want them open too, but only if I am safe. Telling people who are not vaccinated to wear a mask is a joke. They are non-compliant. I am not going on a plane, a cruise, a show etc. unless customers are required to be fully vaccinated and tested for covid. Require a vaccine passport and keep the cases controlled so that it is manageable and reward those who are doing the right thing and those who chose not to will take the consequences. Research shows that if it is required, more people will get vaccinated.
One restaurant owner reported that in his effort to keep his customers safe, he required proof of vaccination. Fake reservations were made, poor reviews were recorded, and he received anti-Semitic harassment online. Private businesses have suffered enough. This is clearly a role for government.
If there is no vaccine passport, you will have put the country in jeopardy, more people will die and you will have to go into lockdown again.
It is confounding that you will require people entering Canada from the US to demonstrate that they are fully vaxxed and to test negative before entering the country, but you will not take the same precautions to keep Canadians safe at home.
The silent majority wants you to mandate the vaccine for health care workers and long-term care, create a vaccine passport.
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