No vaccine, not just for COVID, or medical testing will be required locally for Muskegon County employees
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Muskegon County will not need any vaccines, including a COVID-19 vaccine, or medical tests for its employees following a “resolution to promote general well-being Â»That the Council of Commissioners approved on Tuesday.
The resolution, presented to the board by Republican Commissioner Malinda Pego, was passed 5-4. Democratic Commissioner Rillastine Wilkins joined most Republicans in voting for the resolution.
The resolution also states that the county “will not question any request by person (cq), or the request of parents on behalf of their children, for exemption from wearing a face mask or any other mandated activity of the same. manner”.
The vote on Tuesday, September 14, followed moving statements from audience members and Commissioners on both sides of the issue. Some called the resolution “heartless”, “selfish” and “nonsense”, while others said it protects their “freedoms and freedoms”.
“I encourage you to adopt this resolution because it will show that you value our individual uniqueness and that we are smart enough to make our own decisions with our healthcare providers,” Citizen Michelle Hazekamp told commissioners ahead of their vote.
Besides Pego and Wilkins, the resolution was supported by Republicans Kim Cyr, Doug Brown and Zach Lahring. Democrats Susie Hughes, Charles Nash and Marcia Hovey-Wright and Republican Chairman of the Board Bob Scolnik voted against.
The resolution refers to the “inalienable sacred right of residents of Muskegon County to make independent choices regarding their own health” as “essential for ensuring general well-being and securing the blessings of liberty.”
The resolution, which calls the pandemic a “COVID situation,” says that “Muskegon County’s vaccine-related messages should now encourage people to discuss the risks and benefits of such treatment with the health care provider of their choice “.
It also says the county will not require “any form of vaccine or similar medical treatment, medical test verification or verification” from any employee, potential employee or contractor.
Commissioners who voted for the resolution did not speak directly in favor of it, although Cyr said he believed a shortage of nurses was due to the fact that they did not want to “take the blow” and Lahring argued passionately not to “strangle” schoolchildren with masks. warrants and said masks only protect the wearers and not their entourage.
Pego read the resolution during his speaking time, but did not plead for a yes vote. On the contrary, she noted that it was âflu and virusâ season between October and March.
“I recommend, although I am not a doctor, in common sense – although most of you have thrown it out the window – to stock up on vitamin C, elderberry, zinc and (vitamin) D3 “, Pego mentioned.
Audience members were more forceful in their arguments in favor of the resolution.
Lorette Roberts noted that she works at Mercy Health where the COVID vaccine has been mandatory for employees. She said she had gone through “incredible emotional, physical and spiritual stress and turmoil” during the tenure of the hospital system and would likely quit her job to work for a chili dog restaurant.
“I will not be part of a system that continually encroaches on my freedom as a human being,” she said.
Resident Karen Palmer claimed the federal Centers for Disease Control committed “fraud” by posting “spoofed data” on COVID. She also noted that people are surviving COVID and it is not “a problem with children.”
His comment was in response to certain facts by members of the public who opposed Pego’s resolution.
Josie James said the âheartlessâ resolution would leave children unprotected âwho can andâ¦ die from this virusâ.
âOur children are born and come through us, but they are not ours,â James said. “They are our future and you have no right to try to make decisions that harm children just for your own selfish political gains.”
Lynn Frisinger Stribley, a retired English teacher, called the wording of the resolution “rambling” and said its content was “excessive and absurd”.
âIt should be titled a resolution to interfere with general welfare,â she said.
Commissioners opposing the resolution also spoke forcefully.
Nash said he was “really embarrassed by this advice,” noting that he voted against a resolution supporting September’s declaration as “National Recovery Month” in support of those struggling with addictions.
âPeople say they’re tired of COVID – let’s do something,â Nash said. âWe have kids who can’t get vaccinatedâ¦ We’re not talking about strangling them with a mask. We are talking about protecting them with a mask. Don’t you wanna do this? Then home school. It is very good. You have the choice.
Hovey-Wright asked âAre your rights more important than someone’s life?
âLetting personal choice has not worked through efforts like this resolution,â Hovey-Wright said. âI don’t understand why there are people who deny this reality and believe crazy things about the so-called risks of wearing masks and getting vaccinated. The risks of COVID are so much worse. “
She also noted that the county’s resolution lacks strength as it will not stand up to federal mandates.
Pego initially wanted the resolution sent to all county commissioners âor their equivalentsâ in counties across the country. She agreed to withdraw that after commissioners earlier pointed out that finding contact details for all commissioners in all 50 states could be a daunting task.
Instead, the resolution will go to the governor, State Senator Jon Bumstead; State Representative Terry Sabo, State Representative Greg VanWoerkom, State Senate and House, Michigan Association of Counties, and each county clerk in the state.
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