View Point: Rights, Responsibilities and VaccinationI

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By Peter Chow
The raging Covid-19 pandemic reinforces the idea that our personal choices affect everybody around us. Although you have a right to your own body, your choice to willfully be sick ends where another’s right to be healthy begins.
Freedom doesn’t mean “I can do whatever I want, whenever I want.” When we choose to live in a society, there are certain obligations, both moral and legal, to which we are bound. You cannot inflict harm or infringe on the rights and liberties of those around you.
Your moral and legal obligations to the safety of others can even curtail combinations of your rights. Even though consuming alcohol and driving are both legal activities, they are not legal when performed together. Over 1,300 people die every year in Canada because people choose to exercise their “rights” inappropriately.
The exact same reasoning applies to vaccination. There is no moral difference between a drunk driver and a willfully unvaccinated person. Both are selfishly, recklessly, wilfully and knowingly putting the lives of everyone they encounter at risk. Their behaviour endangers the health, safety and livelihood of the innocent bystanders who happen to have the misfortune of being in their path.
There is one and only one legitimate reason to skip a vaccine: being immunocompromised. Some individuals, because of being on cancer chemotherapy or anti-rejection drugs, cannot receive vaccines. Other people are too young. Vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) cannot be administered before 12 months of age. These vulnerable people rely on the responsible actions of everyone else in society to protect them, a concept known as “herd immunity.”
Everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated, in order to prevent the spread of disease. This is a protection we demand even for our pet animals: kennels will turn your dog away if they aren’t properly vaccinated and on an accepted flea treatment. There are rules we all have to play by and responsibilities we have to live up to if we want to live in a society together.
No public or private school, workplace or other institution should allow a non-exempt, unvaccinated person through their doors. A basic concern for the health and safety of others is the price it costs to participate.
It is inexcusable that society has reached this point. Many of the deadliest diseases known to mankind are due to bacteria and viruses, and dozens of them are now entirely preventable thanks to the sciences of microbiology and immunology.
But misinformation is rampant. The internet, both a blessing and a curse, has allowed devilish lies, propaganda and a discredited fraud masquerading as science to infect the minds of millions of people. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine that can inoculate someone against a counterfactual, unscientific mindset.
The anti-vax movement, which aggressively spreads fear and misinformation about vaccines, has become a major, worldwide threat. Anti-vaxxers persist with a series of arguments for which there is no scientific evidence but that generate hesitancy among an increasing number of seemingly educated people who, due to the success of vaccination itself, have forgotten that not so long ago, children were dying from diseases such as diphtheria, polio or measles.
Myths:
1. “Vaccines contain toxic substances such as aluminium and mercury or aborted fetal tissue”
In a normal day, we breathe, eat or drink 30-50 mg of aluminum, more than 20 times the maximum allowed dose in a vaccine.
Adjuvants are often necessary to boost the immune response and decrease the dose of a vaccine. Aluminum salts are not the most effective adjuvant but have been used as such for more than 80 years and in thousands of millions of doses precisely because of their safety. In a normal day, we breathe, eat or drink 30-50 mg of aluminum, more than 20 times the maximum allowed dose in a vaccine (0.85 mg).
Thimerosal is a preservative that inhibits the growth of potentially lethal bacteria or fungi. It is metabolized into ethyl mercury (which is less toxic and eliminated more rapidly) and not methyl mercury (as anti-vaxxers claim). In 2001, thimerosal was taken out of childhood vaccines while other vaccines, with the exception of the influenza shot, contain only trace amounts. Even then, we are exposed to higher amounts of mercury (69 mcg) when eating one can of tuna than with one dose of influenza vaccine (25 mcg maximum).
Formaldehyde is part of the vaccine manufacturing process and is present at residual quantities in the final product. Our body contains higher doses of circulating formaldehyde at any one time than that contained in any vaccine. In fact, there is more formaldehyde in an apple than in the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Covid vaccine does not contain any cells from aborted fetuses or other human cells.
 2. “Too many vaccines can overload the child’s immune system”
Children are exposed to a greater number and amount of environmental antigens in one single day than those contained in all the vaccines combined they receive.
3. “Natural immunity is better”
For certain pathogens, naturally acquired immunity may last longer than that acquired through vaccination. However, the risk associated to a natural infection is not comparable to the risks associated to any vaccine.
Covid-19 causes 14 deaths out of 1000 infected individuals.  In Sault Ste Marie, that translates to over 850 dead people.  Pfizer’s trials tested 43,000 volunteers.  No serious vaccine side effects were reported, with the most common problem being fatigue after the second vaccine dose, affecting about 4% of participants.
The benefit of vaccination simply far outweighs the risk.
4. “Vaccines cause autoimmune disorders, asthma, autism and allergies”
Not one single large-scale study has showed that vaccines increase the risk of autoimmune disorders or allergies.
Neither vaccines nor the components of the vaccines, thimerosal or mercury, are associated with autism: evidence-based meta-analyses have concluded that vaccinations are not associated with the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder.
This idea was proposed by a gastroenterologist, Andrew Wakefield, who was found to have falsified data for his article and ended up having his medical licence revoked. The original study should not have been published not merely because it was poorly conducted, but also because it was a product of research fraud, falsified data. The British Medical Journal described Wakefield’s work as an “elaborate fraud”. Subsequent investigative reporting revealed that Wakefield had planned to capitalize on the MMR vaccination scare provoked by his paper by forming a corporation that would profit from “litigation-driven testing”.
5. Conspiracy theories are the core of most anti-vax arguments. The most common version holds that the “medical establishment” (whoever that is) are hiding the dangers of vaccines so that they can make money.
This is utter nonsense. All of the doctors I know are motivated by a wish to cure disease. In any case, doctors make little or no money from administering vaccines. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies regard vaccines as a poor business model. Vaccines require huge development and testing costs and poor income streams. Vaccines are a one-time-use item – far more profitable to sell pharmaceuticals for chronic diseases that patients will have to take every day for the rest of their lives.
It is easy to treat belief in conspiracy theories lightly, but studies show that concern about conspiracy theories is warranted.
When you search the word “vaccine” on Instagram, the app recommends dozens of anti-vaccine accounts in its top results. Accounts with names such as “Vaccines_revealed,” “Vaccinesuncovered,” “vaccines_kill_”, “vaccinesaregenocide_”, #billgatesisevil#chemtrails#coronahoax#5Gkills, “WakeUpSheep” and “say no_to_bill_gates_vaccine” are front and center.
A conspiracy theory about vaccines that has spanned the globe claims that the coronavirus pandemic is a cover for a plan by the “globalist” Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the “Zionist” George Soros to implant trackable microchips in everyone, so the “Deep State” in the government can track and control us.
There is no room for discussion with such wilfully deluded individuals.
Underlying any successful social order are rules that will impose limits on individual behaviour. All rules serve to limit freedom of action. However, when rules are applied generally they can, by limiting the actions of each in predictable ways, expand the freedom of all.
So maybe this horrible virus, with its terrible human toll, may wake us up to the fact that with every individual right comes collective responsibility. Surely we would all be better off if that were true.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/anti-vaxxer

4 Nov 2020

https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/vaccine-myth-fact
https://www.healthline.com/health/vaccinations/opposition

17 Oct 2019

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(20)30227-2/fulltext

1 Oct 2020

17 COMMENTS

  1. One mouse to the other mouse,” are you getting the covid vaccine”, other mouse replies “no way, they haven’t finished the human trials yet”!!!!

  2. Once again Peter Chow shows little tolerance for anyone else’s opinion or perspective.
    I guess it’s easier to label everything as a conspiracy theories and delusions to shut down discussion.
    Discussion should be encouraged – without discussion the earth would still be considered flat, we wouldn’t have modern scientific methods and women still wouldn’t be allowed to vote.
    Remember at one time doctors said smoking was fine and advocated spraying children with DDT to end polio.

  3. The interesting thing is we will be able to watch the rest of the world get vaccinated before anyone in Sault Ste. Marie will have to make the decision as to whether they should take the vaccine. We do not have the ability to store the Pfizer vaccine in sault ste. marie so we undoubtedly will have to wait for the moderna vaccine which to date has not been approved. As well due to the fact that the Algoma district has done a great job with containing the virus , we will be last in line to get any vaccines because of our low rate. This is what we get for being compliant.

    • This is largely what we get for being a small population, with low population density, with only one road into and out of town, no passenger rail service. There are many small towns even in southern ontario that have next to no cases. It’s characteristic of remote, rural or isolated locations and has little to nothing to do with compliance.
      If compliance was just a large factor with this, then why do we have one of the highest opiate overdose rates in Canada? Or a significantly increasing crime rate?

      • i don’t think 75000 people is a small population and if population density is the defining factor can you explain the crazy numbers coming out of Chippewa with low population and no population density. Chippewa is more characteristic of a remote , rural isolated location. When i walk around in daily life i see huge compliance among the population. Would you care to offer other cities in canada our size that have had less cases from the start of this pandemic?

  4. Dr Chow – I believe you’re playing it fast & loose with your ‘facts’.
    A causal relationship is being reviewed- 2 people died that were given the vaccine in the trial you cited.
    Another person in Brazil died after being given the vaccine.
    These trials were rushed by a company that has been duplicitous with their data.
    I feel it’s irresponsible professionally, ethically and morally for anyone to advocate such a rushed vaccine where a significant peer review to my understanding hasn’t yet been completed.

    • Social media users have been sharing a post that makes several claims of serious negative health effects from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, including that 6 people died during late-stage trials. These claims are partly false. Six people did die during the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trials, but only two of them were given the vaccine. The other four were given a safe placebo solution of salt and water. No causal relationship was established between the vaccine and the two deaths, which occurred in line with the normal death rate for the general population.

      The death in Brazil had nothing to do with Pfizer’s vaccine, but the vaccine, developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech. The death was determined to not be caused by the vaccine and the trial resumed.

      Correlation is not causation.

  5. According to Alberta’s unhindered data, 98% of deaths and cases are in LTC homes, and of the remaining 2% those deaths had 1-3 additional comorbidities many already with terminal conditions prior to covid with only 1% confirmed deaths strictly because of covid.
    And with those numbers it’s been confirmed that there were deaths where the deceased tested positive for covid rna but DID NOT actually have active covid or even have symptoms.

  6. Wow its been reported that the vaccine is bring used to sterilize people for population control.
    Well that is nonsense .This is what the scientists were talking about.

    Sterilizing immunity means that the immune system is able to stop a pathogen, including viruses, from replicating within your body.

    This typically happens when immune cells in the body are able to bind to the pathogen in places that prevent it from being able to enter a cell where it can start making copies of itself. Some of these immune cells may produce sterilizing antibodies, which are proteins that recognize specific proteins and structures on the surfaces of pathogens.

    To achieve sterilizing immunity, your body needs to produce enough neutralizing antibodies and it needs to be able to do so in the long term. Ideally, it leads to life-long immunity.

    This has nothing to do with stopping human reproduction people .

    This vaccine is safe to take .I will be rolling up my SLEEVE .I just like I did years ago when travelling world In the military .

    • Actually Ron it’s not entire nonsense. It has been proven that the immunological responce in women can indeed induce infertility in women by causing a sort of hormonal cancelation effect.
      What is unknown is the longevity or potential permanence of these effects.
      That’s a very flippant attitude to women’s health.
      I was part of Op Deliverance in Somalia when the government forced me to “roll of my sleeve” in forced vaccination of mefloquine against malaria.
      I’m also now part of a large class lawsuit against the government because of how that vaccine permanently damaged our bodies and brains.

  7. For Once, Mr Chow, I totally agree with you…Refusing this vaccine is the same as possibly placing a death sentence on someone else.. I will have my sleeve rolled up for it when my turn comes…..

    • Really it’s not – all authorities have agreed that getting vaccinated only partially protects the one getting vaccinated. 52% efficacy rate on shot 1, ~90% on shot 2 (never mind the rough side effects and 6 deaths during trials which increase on shot 2).
      You’ll still have to wear a mask because you can still be a carrier and you’re still at risk of infection even with the vaccination.
      Remember that these are the best numbers presented by Pfizer who has been sued and charged for deaths their products have directly caused and for falsifying trial resukrs.
      Chow I feel has a tendency to paint a rosy picture and present things as suits his agenda. He really seems to be an advocate fot socialism which to me is a big red flag.

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