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Include Alcoholics and Hard Drug Users, Those with HIV or AIDS, and Sex and Porn Industry Workers in Phase 1b LA County COVID-19 Vaccinations? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 17 March 2021

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  • ALCOHOLICS AND HARD DRUG USERS
  • THOSE WITH HIV OR AIDS
  • SEX WORKERS, PORN INDUSTRY WORKERS, AND CLIENTS OF SEX WORKERS

Dear Ones,

I took a look at the Centers for Disease Control’s proposed rollout for the COVID-19 vaccines … https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html … and saw that their Tier 2 for Phase 1c is …

“People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.”

Then I searched out who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines in Los Angeles County, California … http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm … and saw a roughly equivalent Tier 1b including people with serious medical conditions for whom vaccines are now available …  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/?level_1=step-1-eligibility&level_2=elig-health-conditions

From the latter webpage, I see that starting 15 March 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Los Angeles County for those who are 16 to 64 years of age and who have high risk health conditions and disabilities such as …

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater, CDC BMI Calculator)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
  • People who, as a result of a developmental or other significant high-risk disability, meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • A COVID-19 infection is likely to result in severe life-threatening illness or death; OR
    • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival; OR
    • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.
    • The three criteria above include people with a range of physical and behavioral disabilities including
      • Individuals with severe behavioral health issues and substance use disorders …”

ALCOHOLICS AND HARD DRUG USERS

At the bottom of the list, I have bolded the directive that people with substance use disorders are able to get the vaccine now. That might include alcoholics and people who have a habit of using hard drugs, but that information might not yet be widely available as it is not bolded in the list. I feel it might be good to give it more emphasis on the Los Angeles County web page.

THOSE WITH HIV OR AIDS

Below that on the Los Angeles County list I see that enrolled customers of Medi-Cal HIV/AIDS Waiver can get the vaccines. As I read the description of the waiver, that would include a sector of people severely ill with HIV/AIDS, which would be good to include among those for whom the vaccine is available, of course, since HIV/AIDS infection lowers the immune response. 

  • I feel it would also be good to include all those over 15 years of age who have HIV or AIDS in the bolded list of health conditions and disabilities.

SEX WORKERS, PORN INDUSTRY WORKERS, AND CLIENTS OF SEX WORKERS

I see this list of Phase 1b occupations now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Los Angeles County …

  • Education and Childcare
  • Emergency Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • People with Serious Health Conditions/Disabilities
  • People Who Live or Work in Congregate Living Spaces
  • Janitorial, Custodial, and Maintenance Services
  • Transportation and Logistics

It seems to me that since sex workers’ income depends on coming into close physical contact with clients, it is likely that sex work might be a nexus for COVID-19 transmission.

I read online that making pornographic films is legal in California (and also in New Hampshire). It seems to me likely that this is among the occupations that could be bulleted in the above list of eligible occupations. Possibly it might fall under the category “People Who Live or Work in Congregate Living Spaces,” but it seems to me documentation might be lacking because of concern for social opprobrium, especially for those engaged in that industry as a sideline to more mainstream occupations.

Thus I feel it would be good to include sex workers and porn industry workers in the list of high risk occupations. 

It might also be good if the health news websites were to publish the health measures they feel would help prevent infection for regular clients of sex workers.

Alice Clagett

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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On Making America Safe for Americans by Legalizing Sex Work and Recreational Drugs . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 7 November 2016
Previously titled: On Making America Safe for Americans

  • SAFETY AND LIFE-AND-LIMB HAZARDS IN UNREGULATED OCCUPATIONS
  • PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE RECREATIONAL DRUG INDUSTRY
  • THE REPEAL OF PROHIBITION: A GUIDEPOST TO POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE
  • ANTICIPATED PAYBACK IN TERMS OF THE COMMON GOOD SHOULD WE LEGALIZE UNREGULATED INDUSTRIES

Dear Ones,

I posit that legalizing and taxing unregulated occupations would make America safe for all Americans …

SAFETY AND LIFE-AND-LIMB HAZARDS IN UNREGULATED OCCUPATIONS

Let us take a look at unregulated occupations …

  • We have sex workers.
  • Also those recreational drugs that are illegal.
  • Also mafia activities, such as (per Wikipedia) “illegal gambling operations, loan sharking, extortion, protection rackets, drug trafficking, fencing, and labor racketeering through control of labor unions.” –fromLink: “American Mafia,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Mafia… CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License

For all these occupation, there are safety and life-and-limb hazards. There is flow-through for…

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Community Health: The Drug War and the United States Constitution . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 19 October 2015

  • THE NINTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
  • THE EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
  • PARALLELS BETWEEN VIOLENCE AROUND PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL AND TODAY’S DRUG WAR VIOLENCE
  • WHAT GOOD THINGS MIGHT HAPPEN IF RECREATIONAL DRUGS WERE FOUND TO BE CONSTITUTIONALLY LEGAL?

Dear Ones,

This is an odd post, being as how I never use hard drugs of any sort, and generally forgo even the occasional beer as being too caloric. However, I have read about all the unfortunate ramifications of drug use in the United States, and have been thinking over ways to make things better for our communities …

I was refreshing my memory of the Amendments to the United States Constitution today, and came across some thought-provoking information ..

THE NINTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

Per Wikipedia, the 9th Amendment protects rights that are not set forth in the Constitution …

Link: “List of…

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What Could We Expect in Federal, State and Local Revenue Increases if Recreational Drugs Were Legalized? . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 20 April 2018

  • $27.8B FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL ANNUAL EXPENSE
  • $132B ESTIMATED ANNUAL INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
  • $708.6B ESTIMATED INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF ALL RECREATIONAL DRUGS
  • $686.2B ESTIMATED ANNUAL NET IMPROVEMENT IN THE FEDERAL BOTTOM LINE
  • $17B ESTIMATED ANNUAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE STATE AND LOCAL BOTTOM LINE DUE TO ‘SIN TAX’ INCREASES
  • FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT GET AROUND THE MORAL ISSUE STATES HAVE WITH LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS

Dear Ones,

$27.8B FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL ANNUAL EXPENSE

According to Forbes, the war on drugs costs the United States over $78 billion a year

Link: “Doc Series ‘The Trade’: The War On Drugs Costs The U.S. Over $78B A Year,” by Dana Feldman, contributor, in Forbes, 9 February 2018, https://www.forbes.com/sites/danafeldman/2018/02/09/doc-series-the-trade-the-war-on-drugs-costs-the-u-s-over-78b-a-year/#3076314a2c1b .. 

However, this includes addiction treatment, healthcare, and lost job productivity in addition to federal drug control expense. As it is the federal…

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Would It Be Good If the CIA Took Over the Drug Trade in the United States? . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 24 April 2018

  • CONSPIRACY THEORY ALLEGATIONS OF CIA DRUG TRADING IN DECADES PAST
  • THE DEFEAT OF THE WAR ON DRUGS?
  • RHETORICAL QUESTION: WHAT IF THE CIA WERE TO SEEK TO MONOPOLIZE THE DRUG TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES?
    • Overview: Potential Negative Outcomes
    • Putative Use of Released Felons as ‘Soldiers’ and Drug Runner for the CIA: Potential Negative Outcomes
    • Long-Term Potential Negative Outcomes: Decentralization of Government and Establishment of Drug Warlords Owing Fealty and Tribute to the CIA
  • ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES
    • A Substitute Plan for the CIA to Garner Money for Our Government by Nationalizing and Administering Tobacco Sales, with Doubled Taxes
    • A Preferable Alternate Strategy: Legalization and Taxation of Recreational Drugs

Dear Ones,

This blog is mostly a ‘what if’ based on ruminations about ‘psy in the sky’ regarding the CIA and the drug trade in America. It presents various putative scenarios, along with putative negative and positive outcomes…

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