Meals in Philadelphia shouldn’t require personal health data | Letters


In my opinion, Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 mandate requiring customers eating or drinking at restaurants in the city to provide proof of their vaccination status violates federal HIPAA law. The rules come into effect from January 3.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule, enacted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, prevents health care professionals from disclosing certain private health information to most other parties without consent. patient consent. My interpretation is that it should include a person’s vaccination status.

I am all for vaccinations and encourage them for others, having been vaccinated against COVID-19 myself earlier this year. But our society must abandon the mass hysteria induced by Washington and the media, and look at this issue rationally.

Regardless of this pandemic, we are still a nation of laws under which everyone has rights. There must be a line between the collective right to live safely from this pandemic and the individual rights of people to their freedoms.

George I. Anderson, Vineland

Pay more attention to immigrant thefts

A recent Associated Press article on the South Jersey timetables The front page (“Afghans Wait and Worry at NJ Army Base After Frantic Evacuation”) describes the refugees airlifted out of Afghanistan this summer and still being held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Yet I have yet to see so much coverage of unaccompanied migrant children being transported by the Biden administration on flights from the US southern border to cities in Tennessee and Florida, and the airport in Westchester County in New York.

When someone asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about it, she denied it was “middle of the night” transports, even though there is video of it. a flight to New York arriving at 2am.

With the exception of a few rare media, the frequency of illegal crossings is not reported.

Undocumented immigrants in detention were not routinely tested for COVID-19 and were not required to be vaccinated. Mandates have been imposed on certain populations across our country to get vaccinated – but not on those who cross our border illegally. Hypocritical!

Ken Rye, Turnerville

Fox and Putin’s Friends

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson recently decided to opine on Vladimir Putin’s intention regarding Russia’s buildup of around 100,000 of its troops on its Ukrainian border – along with tanks, artillery and all. what is necessary for an invasion.

Carlson said that as far as he was concerned, all Putin did was protect his country’s western border and keep it secure.

Protect the western border from whom? Does Putin fear that Ukraine will invade Russia? Barely. Putin is flexing his military muscles and sending a message to Ukraine and the West, and especially the United States, that he does not want Ukraine to join NATO.

Ultimately, in my opinion, Putin wants to go back to when the Soviet Union controlled all of Eastern Europe. Showing its military might on the border with Ukraine is its first step towards achieving this goal.

Paul Bunkin, Turnerville

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