It should have been done a couple of months ago. That’s the reality of the situation Iowans find themselves in today.
Staff in seven MercyOne hospitals in the Hawkeye State will be required to receive the experimental injection by fall. Employees and contractors will be required to show proof of vaccination by Sept. 21.
MercyOne hospitals in Clinton, Dubuque, Dyersville, Mason City, New Hampton, Primghar and Sioux City are included in the mandate, as are health clinics associated with those particular hospitals.
The Iowa legislature attempted to address the COVID-19 vaccine issue, but only discouraged them in regards to private businesses. The bill banned government entities from using COVID-19 vaccine passports, but it excluded health care facilities.
The bill also did nothing to address what everyone could see coming — employer vaccine mandates.
Some attempted to argue the government didn’t have the right to prohibit a private business from requiring COVID vaccines. However, efforts have been underway for the last couple of years in the Iowa legislature to prohibit employers from requiring employees to be microchipped.
It is hard to imagine how mandatory microchipping would be that much worse than a mandatory experimental drug being injected into someone.
When Rep. Steve Holt talked to The Iowa Standard about his bill that would prohibit mandatory microchipping of employees (as well as incentivizing microchipping for employees – to be certain a great bill), he said it’s ultimately about liberty.
“I’m for freedom and liberty,” Holt said. “I don’t want anybody to be mandated to have a chip inside of them. I wanted to try to get out ahead of it.
“I think you can see the very real possibilities of people being tracked, where they’re located. This company wanted to be able to get rid of badges and security badges to get into the business. So, they’re trying to mandate microchips. I guess they thought it would save them money because people lose their badges or what have you. Whether a company chooses to admit it or not, maybe it will get you in the front door, but let’s face it, those chips could also be used to track an employee and their whereabouts. I could see somebody in government thinking what a great idea it would be to put microchips in truck drivers or train engineers or whatever the case might be. I just don’t think that’s a road we want to go down.”