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The Vaccine Requirement

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”

Titus 3:1-2 NIV

The above scriptures came up during my devotions this morning. I place them at the top of this post to help me to choose my words carefully. For only after soaking in their direction, am I able to responsibly pen the following post.

Let me sum it up for you briefly: I’m disappointed, and a little surprised. Maybe we are all tired of hearing and talking about COVID, and vaccines. But I would like to chime in as a quiet voice. A voice that does not often come through in the news.

I feel that I’m being painted as a villain, and excluded from some facets of normal life. Because I am not confident enough in the new vaccine to get the jab. I’m not alone, there are others. I am not against vaccines. My children have their routine shots. But I am taking a calculated risk. Would I rather risk potentially unknown side effects of a vaccine? Or a highly survivable virus? I would rather get the virus and allow my body to fight it off naturally.

I do my best to keep myself and my family healthy. We don’t get flu shots either. Again, it’s a calculated risk. If one of us had a chronic condition that increased our risk of not surviving a virus, I may reconsider. If it were a more deadly virus, I may reconsider.

And up until now, I’ve been free to make that choice. Flu shots were offered, and recommended, but not forced. All of that seems to be changing now.

We are told that the vaccine is safe, but the truth is that we don’t hear of adverse effects until after they have happened. Everybody is learning. What would the effect be on my body, 10 years from now? 20 years? Many scientists and medical professionals may say: No effect. There will be no effect.

But the truth is, they do not know. They did not predict the adverse effects or even deaths that have occurred in some people after getting the shot. They are smart, but they are not all-knowing. If they knew that a person would experience terrible side effects or even die in response to the vaccine, they would not have given it to them. I should hope not, anyway. But that is exactly what has happened, in some cases.

It has been a long year and a half of not being able to have regular family celebrations, or attend services and groups at my church. Of no extra-curricular activities being available to my children. I name those things because they are the most important ones to me. And now, these things are finally becoming available again. I was looking forward to having my kids mentored at church by adults other than myself; to attending a weekly women’s group that has been crucial for my mental health over the years; to getting my kids caught up on their swimming lessons. Maybe I would even find a place at church to serve. Sing in the choir, or reach out to people with additional needs. I was hoping to get a part-time job.

But last week, the Manitoba government announced that they were “expanding the benefits” of those who were fully vaccinated. Well…that’s a fine choice of words. A not-so-subtly manipulative slant. Because they are not expanding benefits for anyone. They are adding further restrictions, but only for those who don’t want the needle. In addition, they are creating divisions between people. So that those who have been vaccinated can flash their passports and be granted VIP access to things like swimming lessons. While we, presumably thoughtless, unvaccinated people remain safely outside the doors. We are not even permitted to work in many places, unless we get the vaccine.

One thing I’m grateful for, is that places of worship do not have vaccine requirements. Yet. I sure hope they don’t add that requirement but I realize it’s a possibility. I wonder what kind of disarray that would cause. Further divisions between people who used to be like family. All based on a personal choice of something so minor as a needle.

And what will I do, if that happens? I know what the leaders want. They say that these measures are intended to further encourage people to get the vaccine. Can I make this clearer? I don’t want the vaccine. I am not confident in it. No, I don’t have questions to ask you so you can put my mind at ease. You cannot answer my questions. Only time and the course of events will answer my questions.

And I have lost some of my confidence in you. You are taking things away from me that are necessary for good mental health. You are preventing me from getting a job. You are taking opportunities away from my children. You are forcing me to do something that goes against my self-protective instincts. Either vaccinate, or lose your sanity. Vaccinate, or deal with the sadness and loneliness of having your hands tied, your mouth taped shut, and your doors locked.

I will wear a mask, stay home when I’m sick, and physically distance from others. But being forced to line up for a vaccine that may not be necessary, and may even be harmful? Or else I can’t work? Something about that picture is frightening to me.

What about you? Are vaccinated and unvaccinated people being treated differently, where you live? How do you feel about the issue? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. However, abusive comments will not be tolerated on this blog.

Warm wishes,

Lisa

Author:

Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all 😜❄. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

23 thoughts on “The Vaccine Requirement

  1. I can relate to this. I did get the vaccine but I did not allow my kids to get it. I will take the risk. But their bodies are still developing and who knows what the vaccine may do to their development. And with the heart issues that some kids are now experiencing? No way. There needs to be more time. I do not tell people this either. It seems when you choose to not vaccinate there comes shame with it. It really is uncomfortable. But I agree with you and your choice.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Robyn. Yes, there is some shame involved. But really we are all just trying to make the best decisions for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. No one should have to feel ashamed about it. ❤️

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    2. Hi, Robyn. I agree there is shame placed on people these days. It goes both ways, though, I’ve noticed. One side shames those who take the vaccine, and the other side shames those who don’t. So sad. Freedom to choose. That’s what we need. And grace to allow everyone to make that decision for themselves without ridicule.

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  2. I can totally relate to this. It is really beginning to impact our family as mandates move closer and closer. I won’t take the vaccine because I have mastocytosis and don’t want to risk a fatal reaction to the jab but my husband doesn’t have a medical or even a religious reason. He simply doesn’t trust the vaccine and feels his natural immunity is superior. He is our sole support because I am disabled thanks to my disease, so we are scared he will be forced to take the jab or lose his job.

    I can’t believe this is where we are at now and I am anxious watching it all unfold, unable to do anything about it. Stay strong, there are millions of us out here who feel the same way you do and they can’t possibly force us all to take something we don’t want, can they??

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    1. Hi from the UK

      As regards somebody forcing you to have something you don’t want, I will fight for your right to say no. I have extensively researched and understand why the vaccine is pointless at best, and will be harmful to many and sometimes cause death.

      You can find the relevant discussion here although I have put a link it my comment to the poster of this very good blog.

      https://alphaandomegacloud.wordpress.com/?s=vaccination

      Kind regards

      Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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  3. Bless you for these words, Lisa: “I don’t want the vaccine. I am not confident in it. No, I don’t have questions to ask you so you can put my mind at ease. You cannot answer my questions. Only time and the course of events will answer my questions.”

    I agree wholeheartedly, and you have my support. If you ever need a listening ear so you know you’re not alone in this struggle, I’m around.

    All we have to do is look back at WWII to be reminded of how evil it is for a government to pit its people against each other like this. Something is definitely going on here, something more than a simple vaccine.

    But Jesus is also here.

    Jesus, I don’t understand why you’re allowing these inhumane rules to be made. But every people group who has ever been persecuted, mistreated, abused, or enslaved since the beginning of time must have thought the same thing. So, help me to trust you despite what is happening. Give us strength to obey your Spirit speaking to our individual bodies and families. May Canada once again allow its people to be free to choose their own health plan. Amen.

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    1. Dear Sarah

      As regards God allowing these inhumane rules to be made this because it exposes the fraud of Satan and his cronies in a way that could not have been done before. Things have to get very bad before they can get better, much much better than perhaps you might have ever dreamed of.

      It is the pot coming to the boil so that the scum can be skimmed off, leaving a clear stock when everything will become clear. Things do get rather hot as it were, but this is ok. Cling to the Rock of Christ and all will be well.

      And as He once said to someone ‘All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’

      Kind regards

      Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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  4. I was talking to someone about this today and here are a few of the things I passed on to her:

    Unvaccinated does not equal infection/dirty/uncaring. Many people have very legit reasons for not being vaccinated but they are also very respectful and careful and would be tested immediately if they had symptoms. Personally, I will wear masks and I just ordered n95 masks to protect myself and others. I can not, however, take the vaccine for a legit medical reason. I’m not being defiant or “hateful”, “spiteful” or whatever else is being spewed out at the unvaccinated in my country. I am not “going against God’s commandment to love one another…” as a female pastor here said anyone who won’t get the vaccine is doing. I am actually protecting myself for the sake of others. If something happens to me my kids will be without a mom and can that happen if I get COVID? Yes, it can but it can also happen if I get the vaccine.

    Does everyone with normal health get side effects from the vaccine? No. I have family who got the vaccine and they are fine. No issues at all. I’m not a normal person, sadly. I have a list of several issues and ailments and I have just in the last year started to get control of some of them – mainly without the help of a doctor. If I take the vaccine and something happens NO ONE will help me. NO ONE. Doctors in our nation who admit someone has had a side effect of the vaccine are labeled anti-vaxxers. I can’t get doctors to listen to me now. They tell me my health issues are in my head and nothing is wrong with me. If I have an issue with the vaccine and seek help? No. It won’t happen. I’ll be on my own, just like I am now, but in even worse shape than I am now.

    So people can tell me all they want that I am selfish, I am risking the lives of others, etc. etc. I am actually protecting my family by not taking the vaccine because if I end up in bad shape my husband will have to take care of my children alone and they won’t be homeschooled like the are now, protected some very crazy stuff going on in our schools. People who get the vaccine can say they are protecting others, but let’s be honest, they are also protecting themselves. It’s self-preservation because they are afraid of death. That’s fine and they did what they felt was right for themself. I am doing the same.

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    1. Yes, exactly Lisa. And it is so unfortunate that even doctors are under so much pressure to interpret things a certain way. You need to take care of yourself and I sure hope you continue on an upward trajectory with your health! I think to some degree, we can listen to our bodies for what they need.

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  5. I share your thoughts. You are not alone.

    Read Romans 13:3,4. Is our current government “terrorizing” those who do right or those who do wrong? The government is intended to be God’s servant to do good and punish the wicked.

    Based on the statistics, I feel like our government is punishing those who are trying to make the best decision for themselves and their families. Freedom of choice, that’s what we ask.

    And if the government could stop silencing the medical experts who don’t agree with everything that’s being promoted, I would also appreciate that! Medical opinions are just that: opinions. Like you said, we do not have long term data on these shots. That’s why it’s critical that all medical voices be heard!

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  6. Ok LONG response ahead… I’ve mostly been quiet on my blog and I’m not on social media so I have a few things to say. First of all, you wrote so beautifully about this issue. My heart is also absolutely shattered. I am vaccinated. My husband and kids are not. Does the government realize what an awkward situation they are placing many families in? What I’m not willing to do is “flash a badge” and gain access to places that my family can not go. It’s wrong on so many levels. Your right, we have lost more rights and created more division. The frightening thing is that so many people are OKAY with this!

    I had a conversation with a lady yesterday who saw herself as “middle ground” (as I notice most people see themselves as these days) yet these are some of the things she said to me: “People are mixing up RIGHTS with PRIVILEGE.” Ok then… privilege. If it indeed is a privilege to go to a restaurant or a library, why then was it a human rights issue when blacks were denied? She responded, “Well, that’s totally different, they couldn’t choose what skin they’re in.” This she practically shouted at me.

    I mean, on that point I agree with her, it IS different. But we still consider it a human rights issue when a person is being denied the rights to something others have, not just when we are talking about essentials. What about religious beliefs being denied access to things? One can choose to simply believe differently and then gain access – that IS a choice. But if a religion is discriminated against, again, we call that a human rights issue. This is the root of the problem!

    I gently told her, with much compassion, that I personally know people who got so sick from the first shot and they’re still suffering bad side effects months later and they feel incredibly unsafe getting the second jab. Is it fair for them to not get these rights? It wasn’t their choice to have a bad reaction.

    At this point she got extremely angry and started crying saying that she can’t change anything, that she WON’T do anything for these rare cases, that she’s had a hard enough year as it was and that I was being unfair in expecting her to stick up for every rare case.

    Ahhh, the victim card. When we lose all arguments and reason, there’s always that card.

    You see the people who don’t care, who think this is fine, who really feel like people can choose and that’s all this is about – they all have one thing in common: They haven’t lost any rights… yet.

    But that’s the problem with going down this path:

    “They came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak.” – Martin Niemoeller

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    1. You make some very good points, Heather. I hadn’t even thought about the comparison to when blacks were denied access but that is a perplexing thought. And I have also heard of people who have the first shot but are afraid to go for their second. It doesn’t feel right to punish them for it! I have also struggled with knowing when to speak up. I try to do it prayerfully, when I feel an inner sense of “Ok, wield your pen.” But I do it with much fear and trembling because I know I cannot see the full picture. Nonetheless, we need to speak up when there is something that feels wrong. I know I’m happy when others make a stand about an issue that concerns me.

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  7. Great points! Thanks for sharing.
    I’m not vaccinated for the same reasons and I’ve had a few snotty comments thrown my way..I don’t have peace about the vaccine and when or if I ever do then I’ll consider it but for now it’s a strong no.
    Keep speaking up!!

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  8. Hi from the UK

    Thank you very much for your post. I am glad to see your critical thinking and common sense.

    As regards being subject to rulers and authorities, I am aware that many Christians as perhaps I used to do (although I had never analysed the text thoroughly) think this means blind obedience to whatever the rulers and authorities say you must do.

    That must clearly be nonsense as otherwise as I rather jokingly say ‘If the government told you to jump off Beachy Head (a chalk cliff in the south of England) because this will cure Covid 19 by Christmas, would you do it? The answer should be no. There has to be a line drawn so where to draw it?

    As regards the current batch of vaccines for Covid 19, a.k.a. the ‘flu until re-branded last year, I did extensive research which I put on my website. I have covered the various issues generally in my Covid 19 summary.

    You will see if you read my link and the various issues that whereas I used to think vaccines were of some use, I now know, at 61 years of age that they are not. It has merely been made to appear that way.

    The magnitude of the fraud is immense and only the tip of the iceberg. I am doing my best to reveal that iceberg.

    The whole vaccinated/unvaccinated issue is a divide and rule tactic by the enemy Satan and his minions.

    There are only two great commandments, that is in essence to Love God and your neighbour as yourself. Your neighbour of course being whoever they may be, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

    I do not believe the talk of vaccinated being a risk to unvaccinated, let alone the other way round.

    Anyway, here is the link to my site if you are interested. Do use/pass on as you see fit if you find it useful.

    https://alphaandomegacloud.wordpress.com/?s=vaccination

    Finally, please not I do use humour on my site to lighten the mood, raise morale and to make the points. And to ridicule the ridiculous.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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    1. Hello, and thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment! Yes, it’s so important to think critically, to keep our brain in the game, and also to remain connected to what God says in His word! I look forward to checking out your site.

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