Bypassing the parents’ decision-making process for this vaccine and insisting all schoolchildren get shots is not based on public health or sound epidemiology.
As predicted, once Governor Gavin Newsom survived the recall election, new rules, regulations, restrictions, fines, fees, and taxes would begin raining (reigning) down on Californians.
The dust has barely cleared from the recall election as Newsom ordered the first COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren in the state.
California on Friday became the first state to announce a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all public and private schoolchildren, a move affecting millions of students and once again placing the state at the forefront of strict pandemic safety measures.
The mandate would take effect for grades seven through 12, starting with the school term following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the vaccine for children ages 12 and older, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade would be phased in after the vaccine has been approved for their age group.
Students 12 and older could be affected as early as January 2022 if there is federal approval for a COVID-19 vaccine for that age range before the end of this year, the governor said in remarks at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco.
“There’s still a struggle to get to where we need to be,” Newsom said about the effort to contain the pandemic. “And that means we need to do more, and we need to do better.”
There are so many aspects of this mandate that are inherently wrong that I hardly know where to begin. Many people claim that the mandate is equivalent to current vaccine requirements for schoolchildren.
However, there are some key differences between the COVID-19 vaccines and those offered for mumps, measles, whooping cough, and other diseases that impact school children, which I will summarize here:
1) Mechanism of action: the mRNA vaccines do not look or work like almost all other vaccines (which mainly rely on “dead viruses”). Therefore, as is clear from the current data, the COVID-19 vaccine is not 100% protective and its efficacy drops within 6 months. This contrasts with the other standard vaccines required for schoolchildren, which keeps them infection free for life or the span of many years.
2) As I have noted before, while children can certainly get COVID-19, the have a significant ability to recover from it…which is likely to grant them better protection from future infections than the vaccine. There is 18-months plus of data that we now have regarding the consequences of infection, and a proper risk assessment shows that this vaccine mandate is the response equivalent of using a war-hammer to swat a fly.
3) The side-effect profile for COVID-19 includes moderate to serious short-term side effects for many who receive them, far more than the flu vaccine or other common childhood vaccines. This includes a troubling number of reports of myocarditis in young men.
The study found “there is a probable link between receiving the second dose (of Pfizer) vaccine and the appearance of myocarditis among men aged 16 to 30,” it said in a statement.According to the findings, such a link was observed more among men aged 16 to 19 than in other age groups.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group last month recommended further study of the possibility of a link between myocarditis and mRNA vaccines, which include those from Pfizer and Moderna Inc.
In a May 24 meeting, the CDC advisory group said that the data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – which relies on individuals to report results – showed a higher than expected number of observed myocarditis or pericarditis cases in 16– to 24-year-olds.
4) The vaccines for standard childhood illnesses have been used for years without significant long-term consequences. The mRNA vaccine impact in the long-term is not known, so it is not possible to do a full risk-benefit analysis….and there is no way to justify this decision.
“The risk of death from COVID decreases drastically as age decreases, and the longer-term effects of the inoculations on lower age groups will increase their risk-benefit ratio, perhaps substantially.” https://t.co/CI3voQaz5d
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) September 27, 2021
Whatever the reason for the mandate, bypassing the parents’ decision-making process for this vaccine and insisting all schoolchildren get shots is not based on public health or sound epidemiology. I project this mandate will be more full of fail than Newsom can imagine.DONATE
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