Those people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 by choice frequently cite their rights to deny said vaccine, presumably as prescribed in the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” clause of the Declaration of Independence and as codified in the 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution. Fair enough.

However, what about my rights as a fully vaccinated person under these same provisions? Do I not also have these same rights (specifically the “pursuit of happiness”), which are now being infringed upon by those who are unvaccinated and therefore much more likely to transmit the virus? Whose conflicting rights are superior? What court, if any, will decide and when? Until then, conflict will be the norm and not the exception.

WS Allen



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George Don Spruill

Mr. Allen, I -- like you -- have been vaccinated. Unlike you, however, I remember that we still live in a free country, where we are -- so far -- not directed by the federal government and the courts to be vaccinated against our wills. Suck it up, buddy. Quit complaining. If my neighbor decides, because he/she is more concerned that excessively large numbers of people are dying by taking the test vaccine, it's his/her decision. Too bad you don't live in a socialistic (Communistic?) state like California or New York, where they do everything they can to force citizens to get vaccinated and wear masks and not go to church and close their businesses, and on and on. You might feel better then. For the time being, you live in a state where freedom still least until the Socialst Democrats assume power again.

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