Am I the only one who is outraged at yet another mask mandate? Am I the only one who thinks it’s wrong to demand proof of vaccination to not have to wear a mask?

If 95 percent of our state is fully vaccinated, why force another mandate? I thought the vaccines were effective? Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to force health care workers to get the jab or get out. Maybe with a different approach we wouldn’t be short of health care workers. Maybe you would have more people willing to cooperate and voluntarily mask up if they weren’t scolded by our former governor like children.

What do the numbers have to look like to allow us to live normal lives again? The truth is that COVID will never end. They will never let it end because people who are afraid are easy to control. People will give their freedom away voluntarily and then brag about it on social media. What a good person you are because you listen to what your governor says and point out those who do not.

But what if you are wrong to demand compliance? What if what I choose has no impact to your health? Then you become just another bully. A tyrant. Do you think it will end at masking? The sharks can smell blood in the water. They will not just swim away. Just wait and see.

Daniel Riendeau

Cumberland

(12) comments

Captain Cumberland

Vaccine mandates aren't anything new. There already are mandates for polio, MMR, DTaP, Hep B, and more. They have helped to dramatically reduce or practically eliminate these diseases. Making a mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine is no different.

Daniel Riendeau

I have never had to show proof of vaccination or have been forced to wear mask for any of the above mentioned vaccinations.

Captain Cumberland

If you wrnt to school in RI, then your parents had to provide proof of your vaccinations. Here is more info: https://health.ri.gov/immunization/for/schools/

Daniel Riendeau

What about the airport, or the supermarket, or the gym, or the DCU center, or the train, or bus, or my job, or hospital, etc etc etc? Maybe you can provide a website that can show me that information please.

Captain Cumberland

There is no need to check for those vaccinations at the locations you listed, because you will have already received them when you were a child, Because there is a mandate for those vaccinations you can assume that everyone around you has been vaccinated for those diseases.

In your previous comment you mentioned not having to wear a mask for those diseases. Not all of them are transmitted through the air. Polio is transmitted orally. Measles, however, is transmitted through the air. You don't have to wear a mask for measles because there is not currently a pandemic of measles. If there was, then mask wearing might be mandated. The reason why there isn't a measles pandemic is because of the vaccine that everyone was required to get when they were young.

pluto239

In Rhode Island 88% of people have one dose, 76% have 2, and only 28% have a booster so your numbers are not even remotely accurate.

"What do the numbers have to look like to allow us to live normal lives again?"

Probably not like the biggest spike since last December. Maybe if all the entitled people who spend all day complaining about wearing masks would just do what everyone else finds so simple they don't even think about it the numbers would go down.

"Then you become just another bully. A tyrant. Do you think it will end at masking? The sharks can smell blood in the water. They will not just swim away. Just wait and see."

Literally what are you even talking about? Does no one screen these for unhinged rants?

Daniel Riendeau

Constant mandates are not how government is supposed to operate. If we continue to be allow it , it will not end, it will just get more common, regardless of the numbers. ( for those who didn't get the shark analogy) I hardly feel entitled since I was forced to prove vaccination or lose my job and when my children, whom it does not affect seriously, are still being forced to wear masks in school.

If you are triple vaxxed and feel the need to muzzle yourself, and then feel like you are protected, have at it. I am not anti-vax or mask.. I am anti mandate.. And guess what?Vaccinated and masked people are still getting sick.. I disagree with forcing people to do so. Obviously, you do not.

pluto239

"vaccinated people and masked people are still getting sick"

In other news I and Usain Bolt can run. Everything seems like a conspiracy when you're too dumb to understand what's happening.

MCC

According to the data of 12/29, only 76% of Rhode Islanders are considered fully vaccinated, the data does not indicate whether this is the second dose or with the additional booster. I am fully vaccinated and boosted and feel it is my responsibility to protect others, as I could still test positive and transmit the virus to others. I am confident in the science of the vaccination and feel that if you are not vaccinated, proof should be required. I am also confident that my status will prevent me from hospitalization and death. As a person that had Covid, prior to vaccination, I am not confident that my antibodies alone would protect me. Donald Trump is increasingly getting flack because he is vaccinated and boosted. This is the man whose blood oxygen level was so low, he barely made it without monoclonal antibodies. My suggestion is follow his lead. And yes, proof of vaccination should be required when entering certain venues. And the sharks at this point are hungry for those who have not been vaccinated…check the data. And Daniel have you been vaccinated and boosted?

Daniel Riendeau

You missed the point of the article, Donald Trump's health has nothing to do with Rhode Island mask mandates, and the last to sentences you wrote explain your view completely.

MCC

Donald Trumps impact in RI has been very significant to mask mandates and vaccinations with certain parts of the electorate. The same applies to vaccination rates. You referenced sharks within your letter and I am not sure what your point was. Mine is that sharks or other prey feed on the weakest and at this point, those are the unvaccinated. Thank you for clarifying your vaccination status and thank you for being vaccinated.

Daniel Riendeau

Lets be clear. You mentioned your former President's health status not his position on mandates. Trump has never been anti vaxx. Our Governor is the one who reinstated the mandates, even when MA. and Conn. have not. I understand that you must be afraid of getting sick and if you asked me to put on a mask, I would. I firmly disagree, as Trump does, with governments forcing vaccinations or masking at this point. Everyone who wants a vaccine has been jabbed now. The vaccines will keep most out of the hospital but your health is your responsibility, not mine. Jab yourself everyday and put on five masks but leave me out of it please. What is gonna happen when government starts mandating something YOU disagree with under emergency power? I can assure you that I got vaccinationed because I was forced to do so and I wanted to be left alone. So you don't have to thank me. I truely wish you the best of health.

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