He posited that as the U.S. has become a secularist nation — or a nation without a god — it also found its moral decline. The secularist culture and society are sustained by less informed voters who have strayed away from their faith.
Kesterson also discussed the blessing that was COVID — without it, Americans never would have known the level of treason and corruption that the country is facing.
In particular, Kesterson questioned the necessity of the government to vaccinate children against the COVID-19 disease.
Mandating COVID-19 vaccines unconstitutional
After months of clinical trial, there are three vaccine candidates that received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with Pfizer recently getting full FDA approval for individuals ages 16 and up. But not everyone is happy about how fast the government sped up the vaccine approval timeline, with many worrying that researchers have sacrificed safety precautions to develop the vaccines faster.
Christine Turley, a pediatrics specialist and the vice-chair of research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) saved time by speeding through administrative components, but safety protocols have been followed. Children under 12 years old cannot receive any vaccines yet, but this might change soon, as Pfizer and Moderna are conducting pediatric testing in children 6 months and older. (Related: Kids don’t need mandatory masking, says UC public health expert.)
According to so-called infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, vaccines may not be mandated for all American citizens. The federal government itself would have a difficult time mandating a vaccine due to the limitations set forth in the constitution. Nevertheless, the White House could still encourage or recommend that citizens get the vaccine and implement incentives to encourage them to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, states can require vaccines if it’s considered necessary for public health, as precedented by the 1905 Supreme Court Case Jacobson v. Massachusetts.
There had been some talk about potential vaccine mandates in some states. In November, for instance, the New York State Bar Association passed a resolution urging lawmakers to consider vaccine mandates.
States can’t mandate vaccines for no reason, either. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must recommend doing so, and it will go through plenty of legal debates with city councils and state legislatures before then. Due to the current political climate, experts acknowledge that there would be public outcry over a mandate, and will have to consider whether or not mandating vaccinations will be worth the unrest.
In August, California became the first state to mandate vaccinations for teachers in public and private schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, or teachers will face weekly testing.
New York City is also mandating the vaccination of its Department of Education employees, including teachers, principals, and school staff.
As for students, vaccination mandates could happen at the state or local level once vaccines are approved for pediatric use. Schools already mandate other types of vaccines such as polio, DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), MMR (measles, rumps, and rubella), varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B, so a mandate for COVID-19 vaccine is possible.
Experts will have to weigh the pros and cons in deciding if the benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks. They will also have to consider that COVID-19 presents only with mild symptoms in children. There is also the consideration that even though children present with mild symptoms, they can also spread the virus to their parents, grandparents, and other family members with underlying health conditions.
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