I oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school vaccine mandate. Allow me to explain.
As of Oct. 1, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database recorded 7,437 U.S. vaccine-related deaths since the COVID vaccines were first authorized by the FDA for public use. The Ourworldindata.org website sets the total number of vaccine doses given nationally by this date at 393,760,000. Dividing these numbers yields a national vaccine-related mortality rate of one death for every 52,946 doses given.
In California there are 9,026,750 children ages 0-17. I draw this number from the Kidsdata.org website. As of Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health recorded a total of 37 COVID deaths for all California children ages 0-17 since this pandemic began. If, according to our Governor’s Vaccine Action Plan, all California children in this age group were to receive two doses of COVID vaccine, then 18,053,500 total doses would be administered.
As I calculated earlier, the national vaccine-related mortality rate is one death for every 52,946 doses given. If this national rate holds true for our California children, then the number of vaccine-related childhood deaths would be 18,053,500 divided by 52,946 or 341 deaths for our state. This compares to the 37 Covid deaths I cited above for all California children ages 0-17. In other words, over nine times more children could die from the vaccine than have died from the disease itself. To me, public health policy should reflect a better risk-to-benefit ratio for our children.
Although some might fault my VAERS analysis here for assuming that correlation is causation, I prefer erring on the side of caution, especially in the absence of long-term safety data for the mRNA vaccines.
The first principle of all the healing arts is primum non nocere, first do no harm. Seen in this light, Governor Newsom’s call to Vaccinate All 58 becomes for me an unwarranted risk to the health and safety of our children. As such, I oppose his school vaccine mandate.
I invite every parent, every person, to confirm my numbers, weigh my assumptions, correct my errors. We grow as a community in this way. Please do so.
Although investigating the science and statistics of this pandemic may be daunting, the knowledge that is power, like liberty itself, is gained, not given. History supports this insight. Thank you so much.