Vaccine Discrimination: Is That a Thing?

January 31, 2021
General Law

As the vaccine begins to roll out, there are people who will decline.  Regardless of the reason: fear, mistrust, misunderstanding, medical complications; there will be people who don't get vaccinated.  So, if you are one who chooses not to be vaccinated, what are the likely consequences to your lifestyle?  The short answer is that no one knows for sure.    

There is no current law that protects you from some form of mistreatment if you did not get the vaccine. There are not laws that prohibit every kind of discrimination. Perhaps you will see signs at restaurants or retail establishments stating No Shoes, No Shirt, No Vaccine, No Service. The shoes and shirt are easily discernible, but what about the vaccine?   So, likely, this type of policy would be very difficult to enforce…. Maybe a greeter at the door, asking you if you have been vaccinated, like Wal-Mart when they used to ask to see your receipt before you left the store? Probably not.

The mostly likely instances where this will occur is for community events and education and direct personal services.  The school system already required vaccinations for public and secondary education.  Perhaps there will be vaccine requirements to register for large scale events held at Prairie Meadows or the Civic Center; noone has said.  Can they require that you produce evidence that you were vaccinated, or will you just have to sign something that states that you were?  What if your reason for declining the vaccine is based on your religion or medical condition? Can you get an exception?  

I have already heard from the community that provides in-home care to elderly that their clients do not want in-home care providers who have not been vaccinated.  This seems perfectly logical to me, at least until the clients, themselves, have been vaccinated.

As the next year unfolds, I suspect that you will see legislation and lawsuits related to this vaccination discrimination issue that I expect to unfold.  According to current research, if 80% of the population is vaccinated, we will reach something called herd immunity.  However, according to research, the vaccine may not last forever, and we might need new vaccinations periodically throughout the year, every year.  

2020 may be known as the year of the lock-down.  How will we remember 2021?  Let’s make it a good year by practicing kindness in all its forms.