COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Should Vaxxed Christians Speak Up Against Vaccine Mandates?

2 February 2022

5.4 MINS

Should vaxxed Christians speak up against vaccine mandates — mandates that prevent the unvaxxed from working in many industries?

Or are vaccine mandates something that we should accept without question from our government, like so many other COVID policies?

The Unseen Impact of Vaccine Mandates

Last week, I touched on the issue of maintaining fellowship between Christians, whatever their stance on vaccine mandates.

After reading my post, a Christian friend who is against the mandates got in touch and wrote the following:

‘… I feel frustrated that this [blogpost] essentially is saying “let’s agree to disagree, it’s not a core issue, it’s a conscience issue”… while I believe vaccines are a jagged-line issue, there is a lot more to say about mandates… I (and many others) believe the vaccine mandates are evil [because they are] coercing people to take a drug that they do not believe to be safe…’

He continues:

‘It’s not an agree to disagree situation. And as you said, doing nothing is a response, a response that condones a violation of human rights. Because I believe the mandates are a direct form of oppression from the government, I believe Churches should be made aware of the evil they are passively submitting to.’

Hundreds of thousands of people would agree — and are willing to be shut out of entire industries because of it.

Now I’m triple vaxxed and a supporter of vaccines: I think they’re very effective in reducing sickness and fatalities from COVID. But after doing some more thinking around this issue of mandates, here are my updated thoughts:

1) The Case For Vaccine Mandates

My starting premise on vaccine mandates, which I’ve argued for elsewhere, is as follows:

Government should not lock people out of entire industries for failing to take a vaccine unless the public health benefits outweigh the (immense) burden vaccine mandates place on the unvaxxed. 

In other words, the government should not prevent people from working in entire industries unless there’s a good reason for it.

Thus, if governments prevented people from working in industries based on race or political views (for no good reason), that would be unjust. Think Jim Crow or communism. Unjustly restricting people from carrying out a function we’re designed for as God’s Image bearers — i.e. working — is an issue that the Bible would speak to more directly.  

Thus, the question becomes: is there ever a good enough reason to shut people out of entire industries?

Now, sometimes there is:

  • The military shuts out people with various disabilities and various diseases (e.g. diabetes).

  • Universities shut people out who don’t get high enough marks.

But what about being unvaxxed? Is that a good enough reason to shut people out of industries they’ve been working in for decades?

Well, under the NSW Public Health Order for Education and Care Workers, a key reason for mandating vaccinations for school workers is decreased risk of transmission:

Para 4(d):

[T]he risk of transmission, including by means of community transmission, of COVID-19 in New South Wales will be reduced if all people eligible for vaccination who work at a government school, non-government school or an early education and care facility are fully vaccinated.

(Other Australian states such as Victoria have similar mandates.)

Now, when it comes to the Delta strain of COVID, there is evidence that vaccinated people are less transmissible.

Of course, it’s contestable whether the decreased rate of community transmission from vaccine mandates outweighs the immense burden placed on the small number of unvaxxed teachers (i.e. being shut out of the teaching profession) during the Delta wave. But at least there is evidence that vaccinations reduced the transmission of the Delta Strain of COVID.

The Bible doesn’t rule on this issue either way, so Christians should be free to make up their own minds.

But what about under the current Omicron strain? Are there still grounds for vaccine mandates now that the Omicron strain rages across our land?

2) The Case Against Vaccine Mandates in the Age of Omicron

As mentioned above, the NSW government’s key reason for vaccine mandates is that vaccinations reduce virus transmission.

But is this still the case in the Omicron age?

The latest evidence, according to the website of the Federal Government’s Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), states:

‘Preliminary data from large superspreading events in New South Wales involving younger people suggested that two doses of vaccine did not provide any significant protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection due to the Omicron variant… The rapid growth in [Omicron] case numbers relative to the Delta variant, as well as studies of contacts of cases demonstrating its higher secondary attack rate, provide evidence that Omicron can spread rapidly even in populations where there has been widespread infection and/or COVID-19 vaccination.’ [Emphasis added].

In other words, according to Federal Government data, the evidence points to the double jabbed having a similar transmissibility rate as the unvaxxed when it comes to Omicron.

We’ve seen this in the skyrocketing numbers of infections across Australia since the Omicron strain hit our shores, which coincided with record levels of double-dose vaccinations (85%+ in NSW in December).

Furthermore, according to ATAGI, there is no clear evidence yet that booster shots reduce transmission. When it comes to booster shots reducing COVID transmission, ATAGI says the following:

There is still little evidence on the incremental benefit of booster doses in protecting against severe disease or reducing onward transmission of Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, and on the duration of protection provided by COVID-19 booster doses.’ [Emphasis added]

But even if booster shots did reduce transmission, why would they need to be mandated in professions such as teaching? We’re currently in the Omicron wave in NSW – where, according to ATAGI, there has been no discernible difference in COVID transmissibility between double jabbed vaxxed and unvaxxed – and the public health outcomes haven’t exactly been dire, despite tens of thousands of cases. As the ABC website reports:

‘Hospital admissions have plateaued over the past week, as predicted, and modelling released by the NSW government showed the number of seriously ill people in ICU had been below [i.e. better than] “best case” scenarios.

Tens of thousands of Omicron cases when vaccinations didn’t reduce transmissibility, and the number of seriously ill people in ICU is below that of best-case modelling. 

Does that sound like a compelling reason for vaccine mandates?

At best, I think the case for mandates is weaker in this age of Omicron than under Delta: we’re halfway through the Omicron wave, with minimal numbers having been boosted, and NSW has held up better than predicted. (Although if boosters did reduce transmission, I could see the case for mandating vaccinations for workplaces such as nursing homes, where the most vulnerable reside).

But even if boosters did reduce transmission, and similar numbers of people were boosted (voluntarily) as are double-vaxxed (85% + of people), then presumably the spread of Omicron would slow even further than now… and weaken the case for widespread vaccine mandates even more — especially in low-risk professions such as teaching.

With the above data, it’s hard to see how widespread vaccine mandates are a necessity, at least in New South Wales.

Could Christians Support Vaccine Mandates?

Thanks to new strains, I realise the COVID situation is rapidly evolving.

But an ethical public policy would respond to the changing situation by ensuring that public health benefits are not outweighed by the burdens imposed on the unvaxxed. We must not restrict people’s God-given right to work unless there are compelling reasons to do so.  

With all that said, could a Christian support widespread vaccine mandates?

Personally, I’m finding it difficult to support widespread mandates in this Omicron wave, especially in professions working with low-risk groups (e.g. teachers). But I think it is possible if you have a high level of trust in government officials and their judgement. The danger of this position, of course, is that it minimises or ignores the pain our unvaxxed neighbours are going through for (thus far) negligible public health outcomes.

Whatever a Christian’s view on vaccine mandates, I think we do well to raise this increasingly urgent question with the government:

Why is such a high burden imposed on the unvaxxed through vaccine mandates when the public health benefits of those mandates have been negligible (thus far) in this Omicron wave?

At the very least, a greater onus should be on governments to publicly demonstrate the necessity of vaccine mandates.

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Originally published at AkosBalogh.com. Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

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6 Comments

  1. Daryl 2 February 2022 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Why did you have to say “Firstly I am triple vaxxed?” Why don’t you say firstly I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ” by definition . Why do vaccinated people feel the need to tell everyone as though they are superior or have done something extraordinary?

    In Queensland as an un-vaccinated person you cannot go into a coffee club and sit down and have a coffee. But you can walk down the road and go into McDonalds and sit down and have a coffee.

    Similarly – in WA you can walk into an Aldi store and shop, but you need proof of vaccination to buy alcohol in the same store! Or in WA, if your un-vaccinated and your child ends up in hospital, you cannot go in unless your vaccinated. How is this about health? Its about forcing people in a situation to do something they do not want to do.

    The vaccine never reduced transmission, serious illness or death. In fact if you are immune-compromised and over 65, double vaccinated or not it makes no difference. The average age of death is over the life expectancy for both males and females.

    So people who did not take the vaccine have lost their job. They are in a world of hurt for a disease that 99.9% under the age over 65 would survive and less than 1 % end up in hospital for. And the church overall has not stood up nor supported these people. They are loosing there houses, and going bankrupt. I myself have former Christian friends and even family members who no longer talk to me because I made the decision for myself and family that I would be vaccinated. I have been told I am not a Christian, that i am not loving my neighbor and deserve any consequences. All the churches where I live promote the vaccine as something that needs to be taken as we must love our neighbor and do what the Government says.

    I have heard christian church leaders say “Anti-Vaxers should be lined up and shot”.

    The Prime Minister who claims to be a Christian said “vaccination is not mandatory”. He lied. He has demonised people who are unvaccinated. He has not stood up against these mandates. He has played politics with peoples lives.

    Dan Andrews said yesterday “Without mandates we would never have had the high level of vaccinations that we have now”. So was this about health? Its clear that soon the 3rd jab will be mandated as before. Just look at Israel. They are onto the 4th now and mandating this through their green pass system. Greg Hunt has come out and said a much.

    There was no evidence that the vaccine stopped or reduced transmission of the delta variant. That article you linked on is bogus. That fact is 99% of people under the age of 65 with or without the vaccine would not end up in hospital or ICU after getting covid. The ones that are ending up in ICU and dying are the elderly, and those with co-morbidities, including obesity.

    It was the vaccinated that bought this variant into Australia and spread it.

    Perhaps you would like to address why so many churches and Christians also have an un-reasonable fear of death? Christians are complying with the Government in the hope the Government will leave them alone. This is exactly what the Christians did in Germany when Adolf Hitler rose.

    I commend you for finally noticing the impact of the mandate on the unvaccinated – But as a fellow Christian, where were you 6 months ago? Because I can’t tell you how many of us have walked out of what can only be described as a church which is more concerned about complying so “life can go back to normal” and not seeing beyond the greater deception that is playing out worldwide.

  2. Stan Beattie 2 February 2022 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Akos,
    Thank you for listening to you Christian brother who challenged you to relook at your comments . I thank God for your friend who was willing to challenge your post.

    It is natural for us to trust the statements from you health officials like TGA, and others, but in this situation it is absolutely critical to use the discernment God gives those who love him and look at the whole picture of what is being promulgated world wide, and ask do the numbers from the raw data confirm the narrative of the health officials or do they show that there is an alternate narrative they are enforcing. Then ask WHY?

  3. Jill Stirling 2 February 2022 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Of course we should join in the fight against vaccine mandates. The vaccines are really pretty useless at this stage. Both unvaccinated or vaccinated still die from this virus. The vaccines don’t stop you getting the virus. We should have waited till the vaccines were properly tested. I objected when our senior minister preacher called people who had chosen not to have these vaccines, our weaker brethren! So patronising!

  4. Ann Chow 3 February 2022 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Dear Akos,
    I am glad now you have realised that mandates are NOT values of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus would not endorse apartheid. If we claim to be followers of Jesus we should do what he would do if He is still on earth!

    Many of us who have families that have vx injuries because they believed the lie that vx was safe but are now suffering. My aunt now has heart issues, shortness breath and brain fog ( she was fine before vx). Appointments to cardiologist.

  5. Helen 3 February 2022 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I think what it comes down to is where we put our trust. Is it in God or in our government. We are clearly told not to put our trust in man because man is motivated by many things. We can be motivated by fear, anger, unforgiveness and many other feelings and emotions. As well as money, power and feeling superior to others.
    We can easily become slaves to our feelings, emotions and whatever we put our trust in.
    That’s why God tells us in Psalm 146:3-6 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
    4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
    5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
    6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
    Our only freedom is in the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ.
    Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    It’s obvious this is about control or they would base it on RAT tests not on whether vaxed or not. Do we really want to give our leaders full control even over our bodily autonomy. Does this not ring alarm bells!
    For those who are suffering under the many mandates, being denied medical care, Jesus suffered before us.
    Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
    4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
    I found this video really interesting, Dr Andrew Wefwafwa from South Africa says the Omicron variant is the vaccine we failed to make. Ninety percent of patients are mildly ill or asymptomatic.
    Omicron will fight any other variant of covid that comes along, herd immunity is likely.
    Cross immunity also, especially from similar genomes
    He says “I don’t rule out the hand of God”
    Omicron has saved him from looking after many dying Delta patients.
    Something is happening we cannot explain
    https://youtu.be/G7fGXPzU24Y

  6. Julie Lawrence 13 February 2022 at 11:01 am - Reply

    People seem to be too trusting of both the Government, their State Government Premiers, and Big Pharma. They never thought that their would be an agenda behind the releasing of the COVID virus. People have always trusted their Doctors!
    When you look further at the big picture, it’s very scary indeed. I think many are unaware of what is happening in the background. This was definitely a Plandemic rather than a Pandemic. Articles to read further are the World Economic Forum’s The Great Reset plan, which incorporates Agenda 21. Also look up Event 201 published in 2018 before the Plandemic, and you will see that we are all currently living in a Lockstep Scenario, as they planned. Globalism is Communism and it will destroy our free societies all around the world. It will criminalise Christianity too. It is the work of the devil. We must all look further than the smokescreen of COVID and the vaccines and the false alarmism of Climate Change too. There is so much more evil going on and we are currently in the fight of our lives to get our God-given freedoms back. This has never been ‘just about a virus’.

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