FROM OUR PRINTED FEB. 2021 EDITION:
by Beth Guidry Hoffman
If there ever was a time for informed consent, that time is now. Whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine or not?
Severe reactions continue to occur as more people get the vaccine. A best case scenario would be a careful recommendation from your doctor or the vaccine manufacturers’ consideration of the risks versus benefits for each individual or subgroup.
Reports of Bell’s Palsy, continuing anaphylactic reactions, the death of an obstetrician in Florida, and 23 deaths in Norway all prove issues with the vaccines aren’t going away. Common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said in a statement. Thirteen were nursing home patients and at least 80 years old. While officials aren’t expressing serious concern, they are adjusting their guidance on who should receive the vaccine. 1
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently claimed the vaccine is safe and effective, however, now is suggesting “… someone who has a history of a severe allergic reaction … [doesn’t] get vaccinated now with this product, or if they do … they do it in a location that has the capability of responding to an allergic reaction.” 2
Typically, a vaccinated person acts as a barrier to slow and prevent the virus from continuing to spread. According to Serpil Erzurum, MD, chair of the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic, “for COVID-19 … 50 to 80% of the population will need to be vaccinated to reach the herd immunity threshold.” 3
However, in an analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola, he states “the vaccines were not evaluated for their ability to actually prevent infection and transmission of the virus. Since the vaccine cannot reduce infection … it cannot create vaccine-acquired herd immunity and end the pandemic, even though this has been the vaccine’s primary selling point.” 4
The term “vaccine” in this case is a misnomer. The mRNA approach doesn’t infect the body with a weakened virus, like a traditional vaccine. Rather it commands the body’s cells to manufacture [antigens] that trick the immune system into thinking a pathogen is present. The immune system sees the antigens as invaders and builds an active immune response. There’s no way to know how this RNA programming might affect your health in years to come. Possible unintended effects over the long term include autoimmune, endocrine and neurological disorders and infertility. 5