Should You Need an “Exemption” to Say No to a Mask or a Vaccine?

By Janet Levatin, MD, HMC, Holistic Pediatrician

In these times of mask mandates, saying no to unwanted mask usage has become difficult.

If you say no to vaccines, or chemotherapy, or statin drugs… or any medical procedure or intervention you don’t wish to have, no one knows you have refused as you walk down the street, browse in a shop, go to school, enjoy a day at the beach or as you attend a movie, play, or concert. It is your private business.

If people know you haven’t been vaccinated or if they find out you are a full-fledged “anti-vaxxer,” a lot of hatred may be directed at you. While many are aware of the dangers associated with vaccines, the majority still buy into the party line that vaccines are safe and effective and feel it is everyone’s “duty to society” to be vaccinated. After all, they believe that YOU need to be vaccinated to protect the HEALTH of others.

Mask requirements and mask mandates have completely changed these dynamics. You may have done your research and you may understand completely there is no science to support that a healthy person wearing a mask does nothing except make the mask-wearer ill. anything to stop the spread of viruses. You may even know that wearing a mask can increase or induce a variety of medical and psychological problems. For these reasons and many others, you may be refusing to wear a mask. And you may have already found out that this decision can lead to exclusion, derogation, and possibly even violent, aggressive acts.

It seems fairly obvious that the mask orders have been put in place to 1) control us, and 2) divide us, and they appear to be doing a good job. Unlike refusing vaccines, a choice that is invisible to others, declining to wear a mask is the first thing people notice about you these days. This immediately sets up a division and polarizes us before we even say hello. Smiling as a greeting has become a thing of the past.

I estimate that perhaps 50% of the population who thinks wearing a mask is a good idea has never stopped to think about the ramifications of their compliance. They wear the mask almost all the time, even if they wear it incorrectly. They are on board with the agenda and obediently comply. They are now referred to as “pro-maskers.”

The other 50% understand that wearing a mask is unnecessary, unhealthy, and ridiculous. Let’s call these people “anti-maskers.” Even though they understand the myth of the mask, most anti-maskers still wear a mask for a variety of reasons: They think it is the law; they are worried about confrontations; they want to be approved of as ‘good citizens’; they believe they are doing a ‘small act’ to make others feel ‘comfortable.’

While anti-maskers are not trying to force pro-maskers to stop them from wearing masks, the same cannot be said of most pro-maskers. They forcibly push the pro-masking agenda by denying mask-free shoppers entry into stores, terminating their jobs, refusing medical care, refusing access to travel and other events, and even resorting to verbal and physical confrontation.

To avoid the pro-mask, heavy-handed compliance rules, many people seeking a medical or religious medical exemption to avoid being coerced into wearing a mask against their will. The mask mandates come with a list of exceptions, especially medical conditions. A medical exemption is written to provide immunity to a political regulation…or at least it is supposed to. Exemptions to refuse vaccines have been used for decades and are codified into the laws of most states. But they are only written to apply to school-aged children and grades K through 12. Because the vaccine exemption laws were written more than 100 years ago for most states, vaccine exceptions do not apply to college, business or industry.

It is important to understand that up until now, mask recommendations are just that: recommendations. They are not legislatively-enacted laws and thus do not technically need to be obeyed.

Mask Exemptions

Can we claim medical or religious exemptions to avoid wearing masks? Will an exemption work? Will laws be put into place that take away our right to say no? And more importantly, why do we even need to ask these questions?

I assert that we should not even need to say why we are choosing to not wear masks. Not wearing masks should be the norm, and wearing them should be an exception.

Anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers simply want to live in the world in our natural state, breathing the pure air that nature provides us and living with the uncontaminated body we were born with. It is a false narrative and an agenda to control our every move when we are required to submit to invasive procedures to protect the health of others. Especially when those measures can make us sick or even kill us.

Here are few things you can do to fight against both mask and vaccine mandates:

  1. If you have any media contacts, encourage them to at least present both sides of the issue. If the media followed mask illness and vaccine injuries in the same way they have promoted “safe” use of masks and vaccines, the truth would immediately eliminate all mandates…and wake up the masses.
  2. Contact your state and federal legislators frequently. Once is not enough. Let them know that you do not support mandates for masks or vaccines and that you are watching how they vote on these issues.
  3. Talk to individuals who are wearing masks because they think they “should”. Encourage them to stand stong in their beliefs and to not wear a mask. I do not wear a mask. If I am challenged, I say, “I have a condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. I would like to shop in your store/eat in your restaurant. I hope that’s OK.” If they refuse, I take my business and my money elsewhere.
  4. There are several lawsuits currently underway to take legal action against the forced mandates. Help those groups to raise funds to support their advocacy work and their legal action.
  5. Join local activist groups to network with like-minded people in your community and with organizations that align with your point of view. There is strength in numbers and you will find you are not alone.

Pro-maskers can wear their masks and anti-maskers must be able to go without masks without suffering unwanted consequences. We need freedom from fear-mongering and propaganda that are creating schisms in our society that may not be reversible. The bottom line is we need to fight for and defend our freedom of choice.

Get involved. Every person is needed in this battle for freedom. Protect the rights of your great-grandchildren. Once your right to refuse it gone, it will likely be gone forever.


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Dr. Janet Levatin graduated from George Washington University in 1982, and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. From 1986 to 2011 she had a private practice in Boston, MA, where she offered various holistic options for children and adults. In 2011 she moved to northeast Ohio and joined Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, where she offers a variety of programs for children and adults including homeopathy, nutritional detox, cardiovascular wellness, breast health and herbs. Dr. Janet is passionate about prevention and using natural solutions for health problems whenever possible. She has spoken out about the toxicity of pharmaceuticals, including vaccines, for many years and is a strong supporter of freedom of choice in medical decision making.

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