In COVID-19, South Dakota is the freest state in the entire United States. South Dakota didn’t close businesses or issue lockdown orders to its citizens. It’s not surprising that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has proposed a bill that would allow employees in the state to sue their employers if their COVID-19 vaccine exemption is denied.
At this point, the COVID-19 vaccines still aren’t approved by the FDA. That means a minimal scope to which the vaccines can be mandated. Even if they could, there are constitutionally protected rights that would allow an exemption for the vaccines and a medical exemption if someone cannot take the vaccine.
Still, some employers are forcing their employees to get the vaccine even though evidence suggests that even vaccinated people can contract and spread COVID-19, which makes the vaccine useless in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and keeps it at a personal choice that anyone can make if they choose.
On top of that, the COVID-19 Omicron variant is far less deadly and far less severe than the previous variant, which means those who’ve caught COVID-19 have antibodies protecting them from future infections in some way or another.
Noem said, “The COVID vaccination should be a choice, and we should reject the efforts that we see in other parts of the country to divide us into two classes: vaccinated and unvaccinated. Unvaccinated Americans are still Americans.”
Remember, Dr. Anthony Fauci tried to do this very same thing with the AIDS virus several decades ago. Make a huge deal about the virus and divide people to get in front of every camera that he can and make money from speaking events.
Do you know what the name for this is? Segregation. It’s never worked. Now, people who disagree with COVID-19 mandates are socially cast out because they’re fighting for equal treatment under the law if they choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a fight that won’t end with the government winning.
Noem’s bill will also require employers to acknowledge natural immunity as an exemption if someone hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine. It is vast, but it shouldn’t be considered when dealing with medical liberty and freedom of choice. It’s either you’re forced, or you’re not. Any burden of proof in between should be considered a violation of privacy. Where in history has “some privacy” been left alone. Government overreach is the only other option.
In October 2021, Noem signed a bill that would exempt South Dakota workers from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and said it was unconstitutional, which turned out to be true.