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This week, Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) president, and Polly Tommey, co-producer of “Vaxxed,” cover the latest COVID headlines, including New York’s decision to mandate the COVID shot for all healthcare workers and eliminate religious exemptions, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handing out of free limited edition comic books to kids 12 and up if they get a COVID shot.
Also on tap this week is Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendation to mandate COVID shots for American schoolchildren, and the Biden administration’s plan to approve COVID booster shots for adults starting at least six months after the previous dose, rather than the previously announced eight-month gap.
Mary and Polly also cover Bill Maher’s refusal to get a COVID booster shot after demanding “medical autonomy,” and an LA Times report on how federal vaccine court fails to help people injured by COVID shots.
Here are more of this week’s highlights:
- A physician said she resigned from a California clinic because it decided to no longer see unvaccinated patients, and will not allow them into the building. Mary said, “The doctor uses an analogy that if somebody doesn’t wear a helmet on a motorcycle — and they’re supposed to — and they come into the emergency room, ‘I don’t make a moral judgement about how to treat them.’”
- A report in The Defender by Meryl Nass, M.D. explained why no one can force you to take Pfizer’s newly “approved” Comirnaty vaccine. Nass said although Comirnaty is now approved, considerable amounts of the vaccine will remain under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). EUA vaccines are designated as experimental or investigational products under U.S. law. Therefore they cannot be mandated. “You have the right to refuse, without suffering consequences,” Nass wrote.
- A report by Science Insider said people who recovered from COVID have “greater immunity than a vaccine,” but still insisted the vaccination is “vital.”
- BBC radio host, Lisa Shaw, 44, died from vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, a condition that leads to swelling and bleeding of the brain, three weeks after her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
- New Zealand’s Auckland remains in lockdown, while officials reported the country’s first death linked to Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.
- Japan suspended 1.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine due to contamination. “With respect to the MMR and HPV shots, Japan has been much more cautious than Western Europe or the U.S.,” said Mary. “They are having a hard time selling this in Japan, and suspension of Moderna is not going to help that effort.”
- A Chicago mother said a judge took away her parental rights after learning she’s unvaccinated for COVID. She was separated from her 11-year-old son for two weeks before a Chicago judge reversed the decision. “The notion that a judge would strip parental rights when a mother articulates a medical exemption is mindblowing,” said Mary. “She didn’t say, ‘I have a philosophical or a religious exemption.’ She said, ‘I have suffered adverse events to vaccination and I can’t afford to take that risk.’”
- Goldman Sachs will require U.S. staff to take weekly COVID tests even if they’re vaccinated.
- A Washington high school received backlash after forcing students to wear “ankle monitors” to trace COVID cases. “The parents had not been notified that the school was doing this,” said Mary.
- Delta Airlines will add a $200 monthly health insurance charge for unvaccinated staff. “This is a self-imposed obstacle to life,” said Mary. “It’s very upsetting.”
- A new policy requires U.S. Immigrants applying for a green card to get fully vaccinated against COVID. A negative COVID test or lab tests showing natural immunity from a prior infection will not be accepted as alternatives. “That’s not common sense,” said Mary. “At some point, common sense will prevail.”
- Moderna is set to start clinical trials for an HIV vaccine that uses mRNA technology. “Vaccines have inexcusable liability protections that prevent them from ever being adequately safe,” said Mary. “And we don’t know the long-term implications of mRNA technology,” said Polly.
- The world’s first case of COVID has been confirmed in deer. The virus was reportedly found in dogs, cats, tigers, lions, snow leopards, otters, gorillas and minks. “I smell animal vaccines on the horizon,” said Polly. “These animals have no symptoms,” said Mary. “People acquire viruses and then antibodies and that often takes place with no symptoms, that’s true in mammals, too.”
- A Rutgers University student who sued his school for its vaccine mandate says he’s been subjected to “vicious, vulgar and venomous personal attacks.”
- An article by The Defender outlined the origins of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), one of the most common causes of childhood cold-like illness. The report reveals the virus originated in monkeys housed in a Maryland facility where they were used to conduct polio vaccine research.
- Gab founder Andrew Torba has launched the No Vax Mandate Job Board to provide employment listings for healthy unvaccinated Americans. You can JOIN THE GROUP ON GAB.
- 130+ UK doctors said failed COVID policies caused “massive” harm, especially to children. The doctors authored a letter accusing government officials of failing to measure the harms of lockdown policies, of exaggerating the virus’ threat and of improper mass testing of children.
- Members of a New York union protested medical mandates at New York City Hall last week. “This isn’t even about vaccination, it’s about fundamental rights,” said New York teacher, founder of Teachers for Choice and protest organizer, Michael Kane.
- Unvaccinated teachers in Israel are threatening to sue if they are forced on unpaid leave. Teachers Union head Yaffa Ben David warns there will be a huge shortage if thousands of educational staff are compelled to stay home.
- The Hall County School Board in Georgia turned down a proposal to offer school district employees a one-time payment for getting vaccinated against COVID.
- Healthcare workers in Maine are suing the state, the governor and major Maine health networks, arguing that the state’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers tramples on their religious freedoms.
- Spain’s Supreme Court ruled against using vaccine passports to restrict access to public spaces. It’s the first time a high court of a European Member State has challenged the use of vaccine passports domestically.
- Montana banned vaccine requirements for employers. The new law stops employers, including hospitals, from firing employees based on vaccine status. “It’s great news,” said Mary. “Not only does it prevent employers from discriminating, but it prevents institutions like stores that are providing goods and services from discriminating.”
- WATCH: Children’s Health Defense (CHD) Chairman Robert F. Kennedy Jr. explain why we all need to stand up and resist (peacefully) with civil disobedience.
- Sign CHD’s “Walk Out Week” pledge to keep your children home the week of September 13 as an act of protest against vaccine mandates. Print out the pledge + share pictures of your homeschooling experience the week of September 13th, as you educate your children and use hashtags #ParentRising #WalkOutWeek #MyChildMyChoice.
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