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OSWEGO – Local lawmakers and healthcare providers gathered on Monday to voice their opposition to a county vote last month that resisted state and federal vaccine demands.

The Republican-led Oswego County Legislature voted in October to oppose the federal government’s plan to require companies with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or weekly tests before entering the workplace.

The Republican-dominated legislature voted 20-3, largely along partisan lines, to endorse the opposition, with just three critics; James Karasek, R-Granby, who chairs the county health committee, and Democratic lawmakers Tom Drumm, D-Oswego and Marie Schadt, D-Minetto.

County Legislative Assembly Democrats and health care providers gathered in Constitution Park, next to the Oswego County Legislative Office building, to express their frustration on Monday.

“These people are eager to share their stories and make their views known to the public,” Drumm told the Palladium-Times on Monday before the event.

According to a statement signed by nearly 40 regional healthcare providers obtained by The Palladium-Times, the group said the token vote “favors politics at the expense of community health and safety” and “undermines” the progress of health care workers.

“This is about the pandemic, not about politics,” Schadt said on Monday of the resolution. “This is the time to come together and take care of people – it’s just the wrong message. “

Local health care provider Elaine Shaben said the resolution only exacerbates the hardships of exhausted health professionals already working against the pandemic.

“This resolution only makes our job to ensure the health and safety of people in the county immeasurably more difficult,” she said. “The message we want to get across is that we have to work together and that vaccination is the way to bring this pandemic under control. “

Diane Plumadore echoed her thoughts, noting that as a career health care provider she has never seen untrained public health lawmakers “interfering with public health policy.”

“It misses the point,” she said. “Individual freedom and choice belong to the individual, but it is not about the individual, it is about what is best for the health and safety of all of us.”

According to the resolution, the county legislature “believes that medical treatment and preventive measures are an individual choice” and that “the government should have no role in obliging COVID-19 vaccination”.

“The Oswego County Legislature believes that its responsibility is to educate the public on the basis of fact and that it is not for the county, state or federal government to create warrants that compel the great public to accept COVID-19 vaccinations against their will, ”the resolution reads. “All individuals should have the freedom to assess the risk and make the best decision for themselves and their families, including the right to determine that they should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “

Earlier this year, Republicans in the legislature called federal warrants an invasion of privacy and an affront to American freedom.

Previous comments on the topic included a reading of the Declaration of Independence from Lawmaker Nathan Emmons, R-Oswego, who said the County Legislature has an obligation to “say no to any mandate that violates” the declaration. or the US Constitution.

Ahead of the vote on the measure, lawmaker Edward Gilson, R-Pulaski, said it was “very gratifying to belong to a governing body that always stands up for freedoms.”

Majority Leader Terry Wilbur, R-Hannibal, in October highlighted the impact of the state mandate on local and regional hospital staff.

Despite Republicans’ opposition to the vaccine mandates, the resolution also notes that the county remains “committed to encouraging all citizens who make the individual choice to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to do so.”


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