Ketchikan mayor: Civil rights and privateness should prevail with vaccines

A draft letter from the Mayor of Ketchikan Borough aims to reassure the public that their civil rights are respected and that the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ketchikan is purely voluntary.

Mayor Rodney Dial says citizens should never be required to disclose personal health information, such as: For example, whether they have been vaccinated to gain access to goods and services from private agencies or the government.

Dial will present a resolution that will be heard at the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting on December 21st.

Dial said his resolution was in response to a number of concerns he had heard from citizens that the vaccines might be needed for things like traveling by air or ferry between islands, or health care activities like dental work.

Governor Mike Dunleavy has also stated that vaccines are optional, but Mayor Dial is addressing the possible use of coercion, such as when a business needs proof of vaccination to access goods or services or tourists are required to provide proof of vaccination before disembarking in Ketchikan . He wants a positive resolution in Ketchikan that confirms the protection of the constitution.

Mayor Dial regards this as a civil rights issue and said the resolution he proposed is to reassure First City citizens that their freedoms and privacy are important and protected.

He stressed that this was neither for nor against his testimony about the vaccine. He wants the vaccine to be made available as soon as possible to anyone who wants it. His resolution to protect the civil liberties of his community’s residents will be offered to the congregation for approval, he said.

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