By MD Kittle
MADISON – State lawmaker calls on Governor Tony Evers and other policymakers to follow the science on the power of natural immunity.
Representative Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwanago) drafted a bill that would bring relief to employers and employees trapped under President Joe Biden’s national vaccine mandate. The measure allows individuals to provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test or proof of antibodies for COVID-19 in order to comply with any COVID-19 vaccine or test required by the employer.
Horlacher said he opposed federal and state mandates requiring individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. He said he was trying to reduce the government’s grip, using science to do it.
âI have heard over and over again from constituents, employees and employers say, ‘We don’t want to be sued by the federal government or have our licenses closed or lose our jobs for not complying (with the vaccination mandate). , ‘”, the lawmaker told Empower Wisconsin.” Here’s another way to give flexibility to employers and employees. “
Last month, Biden issued an executive order requiring all private sector workers in companies with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated. And healthcare workers in facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also fall under the mandate. In total, nearly 100 million Americans ostensibly fall under Biden’s order, with companies threatening to fire their employees if they refuse to be shot.
Meanwhile, Governor Tony Evers has ordered mandatory weekly testing for state officials who refuse the vaccine.
There is growing concern that, even at low percentages, workers sacked for failing to meet the mandate will only exacerbate a worker shortage at the crisis level in Wisconsin and nationwide.
While Biden and Evers and other policymakers advocate vaccine-exclusive strategies to fight the spread of COVID-19, they ignore or diminish the power of natural immunity. They do so at the risk of effective infection management and in defiance of their ‘follow the science’ mantra, according to Marty Makary, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, editor of Medpage . .
âIt’s okay to have an incorrect scientific assumption. But when new data proves it’s wrong, you have to adapt, âMakary wrote in The Washington Post. “Unfortunately, many elected leaders and public health officials have for far too long held to the assumption that natural immunity offers unreliable protection against covid-19 – a claim that is quickly debunked by science.”
Demystified on a large scale.
A study conducted in late August among 700,000 people in Israel found that the natural immune protection that develops after COVID infection offers considerably greater defense against the dreaded Delta variant than two doses of the popular Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The study demonstrates the power of the human immune system, but infectious disease experts have pointed out that COVID-19 vaccines nonetheless remain highly protective against serious illness and death, according to a study review published in Science Magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
As of Monday, there had been more than 756,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin during the pandemic, according to the Department of Health Services. The vast majority of people who have contracted the virus have recovered.
âI am proud to support all options for workers. Many of my constituents have contacted me worried about being able to keep their jobs, support their families and their community, âHorlacher said in a press release. âIt’s a way to ensure that individual freedom is protected. “