The New York Young Republican Club is committed to positive action that supports the health of every American citizen. However, we firmly oppose the mandated use of any COVID-19 vaccine via legislation at the local, state, or federal level.
Scientific evidence has demonstrated that, barring significant viral mutation, vaccines will be useful in stemming the spread of COVID-19. Those who desire vaccination should have safe and ready access to an approved vaccine of their choice. Government inaction (e.g., Governor Cuomo’s order that nursing homes accept COVID-positive patients) exacerbated the first wave of COVID-19, and the virus caused devastating effects to families and communities.
Since that time, and despite aggressive action by the Communist Party of China to confound Western scientists, significant progress has determined around the virus’s mode of operation. This information has helped empower Americans to make conscious, risk-based decisions on how to live in a world under this biological attack.
Many New Yorkers welcome the new vaccine and envision it as a key component of their risk-based approach to life. Others have concerns about it, particularly given the complexity of the supply chain, prior manufacturing defects, the novel vaccination approaches pursued by many companies, and the open questions around causal relationships between serious conditions (e.g., Bell’s Palsy, fertility) and receipt of these vaccines. The government should never take the role of mandating such new vaccines as a “protective measure,” particularly when such vaccines have been approved only under Emergency Use Authorizations.
In addition, the New York Young Republican Club calls on the government to ban private employers and organizations from mandating the disclosure of health information to obtain employment or services. If people want to avoid COVID-19, the onus should be on them to receive a vaccine protecting themselves, not on others to undergo medical procedures that they do not desire.