Heather M. Butts, JD, MPH, MA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Human Services Director, Honors College at Long Island University.

ALL POSTS BY Heather Butts

  • November 30, 2020

    If approved, the vaccine could be in use by mid-to-late December 2020. But what about people who choose not to get the vaccine? What about people who have religious beliefs that are not in concert with vaccination? Does a vaccine override personal and civil liberties? 

  • October 12, 2020
    A 1905 Supreme Court case resulting from a smallpox outbreak empowered states to pass laws for the "health, peace, morals, education and good order of the people." So yes, you have to wear that mask.