skitzorat Posted January 25, 2022 Share Posted January 25, 2022 Health agency struggles to vaccinate Amish population A Lansing report in late summer 2021 showed the lowest vaccination rates in several townships along the Michigan border with Ohio and Indiana. The report speculated residents were vaccinated out of state and did not report it in Michigan. Those townships include Camden in Hillsdale County; California and Algansee in Branch County; Burr Oak, Colon and Nottawa in St. Joseph County; and those along the border in southern Cass County. All have large Amish communities. Kristina Dewey, health information officer at Branch-Hillsdale-St Joseph Community Health Agency, agreed. "We continue to struggle in the area to reach that threshold for vaccination," she said. "The Amish do have a specific religious belief. We are trying to outreach to them and work with them to encourage them to participate." The health agency will take its mobile clinic van to the Algansee Township Hall from 3-5 p.m. Monday for those who want vaccinations. "I understand people have various opinions and thoughts about vaccination, but vaccination is a safer way to gain immunity from COVID than to get COVID and have a severe illness, hospitalization or death," Dewey said. The health agency also wants them to use other precautions if not vaccinated "to decrease the potential for exposure." Dewey's request, not only to the Amish, but to everyone, is "wash your hands, stay home when you're sick, don't gather in large groups. Use your social distancing." There is frustration as the virus continues to spread and infect. "Everybody's tired of COVID. We know. But you know, at some point, our healthcare system will potentially reach a point of no return. And our staffs are getting tired," Dewey said. Matt Ashenfelter is the zoning administrator in Butler, Quincy, and Algansee townships, all with a large Amish population. "For the next 60 days, every appointment I have is going to be done virtually, remotely unless I absolutely have to meet with people," he said. "I say that because of the variant that's out there now." Ashenfelter said he is taking the steps because he does not want to spread the virus. "I've had some folks that I know very closely that died recently from the virus. And I don't want to take that chance. I don't think that's going to impact what I do," he said. The one group that does not use email or virtual connections is the Amish. Ashenfelter said he prefers to meet with them outdoors. Monday evening, on Hamman Road, he could not meet outside because of the darkness and cold. They do not mask. Ashenfelter is concerned about spreading the virus to the Amish community. Assessor Erica Ewers covers the same townships, as well as California. She has completed updating assessment rolls for 2021. "Like Matt, we tried to do everything outside. I did not go inside anybody's homes. If anything was questionable, we just looked close or went with what was on the (building) permit," she said. The problem now is Boards of Review for appeals of the assessments have her facing more inside public meetings. Dewey said the health agency is working through "the English who have close relationships to the Amish community" to urge vaccination and safety protocols. There are certain groups who are at least willing to entertain the information. Even if they choose not to vaccinate, if we could get them to use mitigation strategies consistently, we may see a different outcome." "We hope that folks will choose vaccination because it is easier on your body to deal with the vaccine than to fight COVID and a full-blown illness," Dewey said. As COVID-19 continues to infect he said, "it's the long-term effects that we're beginning to see for COVID." The virus and its variants "are causing even more long-term side effects for folks who have been infected with the virus." Infections bring on these problems and do not provide safety "for what they call natural immunity." https://www.thedailyreporter.com/story/news/2022/01/05/health-agency-struggles-vaccinate-amish-communities/9102743002/ This is from Jan 5 2022 - they're still after the Amish, of course, but they're gaslighting the readers (who wont be the Amish) into thinking this "plague" is affecting them. It's not. All their elderly would be dead by now if that was the case. They do go into townships and meet and greet the locals so if there was a plague they would have contracted it, taken it back to the farmsteads and it would have ripped through them all. There would have been headlines then - MASS DEATH IN AMISH COMMUNITIES !!! But no, despite this BS from NPR in April last year https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/04/28/990986056/covid-19-has-hit-the-amish-community-hard-still-vaccines-are-a-hard-sell There's no way for them to know how many Amish were infected with covid because they weren't having their nostrils raped every 5 mins. The gaslighting is insane - why would they need to write an article headlined "struggle" [to vax Amish] - everyone knows the Amish don't have anything to do with any vaccines, or any governmental policy for that matter. I read somewhere they have an agreement with their State govts where if they [Amish] don't take from the State (benefits, food stamps etc) they're not under any obligation to have to participate in vaccination drives etc. Contrary to some misperceptions, the Amish do pay taxes: state and federal income taxes, sales and real estate taxes, and public school taxes. They are exempt from paying Social Security taxes, however, because they consider Social Security a form of insurance and therefore refuse its benefits https://groups.etown.edu/amishstudies/social-organization/government/ 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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