Kudos to the Big Island of Hawaii Council for doing its part to ensure freedom of choice in health care decisions:
Department of Health officials in Hawaii were overruled by County of Hawaii directors supporting a resolution favoring First Amendment constitutional rights and vaccination exemptions for everyone demanding them.
The nearly unanimous 7-1 Big Island of Hawaii Council vote sent a strong message to State and Federal policy makers to consider a majority of people who solidly distrust risky vaccines in general, and health officials’ claims of safety regarding H1N1 vaccines in particular.
The vote demonstrated the power of local community activists to rebuke “top down” policies advancing “mandatory” vaccinations during declared emergencies. The Council’s decision backed the majority of people unwilling to lose health freedoms to Federal governors directing State health officials on behalf of BigPharma special interests.
The Resolution (237-09) urges State and Federal legislators in Hawaii “to amend vaccine laws to include medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions from any vaccine program,” including those declared urgent by health officials.
Proponents declared this a victory for health freedom – a warning to health officials seeking mandatory vaccination authorizations under Federal “national emergency” codes that expand State health official powers under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act.
The vote reflects a nationwide trend of increasing public distrust of official proclamations of vaccination safety and efficacy. A solid majority of medical doctors, and nearly 70% of parents polled by Consumer Reports, feared the new vaccines and were determined not to recommend them.