Letter to the editor: Not vaccinating has consequences
Many readers, politicians and media types do not understand that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. Yes, we live in a country with many freedoms and the right to exercise those freedoms. But there are consequences, both good and bad, for exercising those freedoms.
Colin Kaepernick exercised his freedom of speech. Consequently, he was let go by the NFL. A person can yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, but if there is no fire will likely be prosecuted. A person can own and fire a gun, but there will be negative consequences if he or she goes into a crowded area and start firing randomly into the air.
People are free to not vaccinate their children, but shouldn’t be surprised if a doctor says they can’t be seen or a school says they can’t attend (“Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids,”).
Doctor’s offices and schools host many people who can’t be vaccinated. A person has a right to not vaccinate, but has no right to endanger others. An unvaccinated child is a loaded gun in the presence of those who can’t be vaccinated. Doctors and schools have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable. Denied access to those facilities are the consequences of not vaccinating.