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What hAPPENED TO our PRIVACY WHEN IT cOMES TO health care?

New York (the hotspot for COVID-19 in the U.S.) has lifted its facemask mandate, if you have been vaccinated.

However, we must bear in mind that the health status of an individual is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Act. (See below.)

So, if you have been vaccinated, that's your choice. However, for those who choose not to be vaccinated (at this time or ever), that is their right as American citizens.

I do not remember a time when Americans asked each other if they have been vaccinated.

Did we ever ask anyone if they have received a vaccine for the flu or pneumonia, etc.?

Do not let the media, celebrities, Big Tech, etc., convince you that if you are not vaccinated that you don't belong in society. Your health status is private. Period.

"What Information is Protected Protected Health Information. The Privacy Rule protects all "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information "protected health information (PHI)."12 “Individually identifiable health information” is information, including demographic data, that relates to: the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, the provision of health care to the individual, or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual, and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.13 Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number). The Privacy Rule excludes from protected health information employment records that a covered entity maintains in its capacity as an employer and education and certain other records subject to, or defined in, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g."


https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/laws-regulations/index.html)

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