Thank you, Stephanie Kormeier, for challenging Mark Medinnus’ interpretation of data to support his opposition to California’s newest (but certainly not only) vaccine mandate for public school students. Medinnus’ letter illustrates the dangers of both “research” by those not trained to conduct it accurately and objectively, and cherry-picking findings to reinforce a pre-existing bias. I’ll take Ms. Kormeier’s challenge a bit further.
The original letter seriously mischaracterized the data cited, and neglected to consider important factors in comparing likely complication rates among school-aged children and adults. Older adults typically have pre-existing health conditions that make them far more likely to die during a given time frame than 5- to 18-year-olds, who are typically in peak health. This is true regardless of vaccination status, so the comparison is clearly invalid. Assuming fatality rates among the adult population will equate to children and adolescents just doesn’t hold up.
Another glaring omission in Medinnus’ letter is the failure to compare fatality rates based on vaccination status. As of Oct. 25, 2021, CDC reported that among Americans with COVID-19 infections, unvaccinated Americans are 12 times more likely to die. Evidence shows even incomplete vaccination series offer protection against illness, hospitalization and death.
My plea to my friends and neighbors is this:
1. Don’t rely on your own research unless you’re qualified to conduct it and have valid source data.
2. Don’t place confidence in those who have disregarded #1 above.
3. If you’re reluctant to be vaccinated, ask your doctor or health care provider for their advice. Not your neighbor or social media groups. According to the AMA, 19 out of 20 practicing physicians were vaccinated by June 2021.
MICP (Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic)
NHDP (National Healthcare Disaster Professional)