The Insanity of Requiring 130 Million Americans Who’ve Had COVID (natural immunity) to Get Vaccinated
Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
bt Todd Zywickim August 6, 2021
I have natural immunity, so there’s no justification for a coercive violation of my bodily autonomy.
...During the spring of 2020 I contracted and recovered from Covid-19, which I later confirmed through a positive antibody test. Multiple positive antibody tests have since confirmed that I continue to have a robust level of immune protection.
But now my employer, a state institution, is requiring Covid vaccines. In my case, vaccination is unnecessary and potentially risky. My only other options are to teach remotely or to seek a medical exemption that would require me to wear a mask, remain socially distanced from faculty or students during, say, office hours, and submit to weekly testing.
It would be impossible for me to perform my duties to the best of my ability under such conditions. The administration has threatened those who don’t submit with disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
...It isn’t merely unnecessary for me to get the shot. It’s potentially dangerous. Covid-recovered individuals have been mostly excluded from the vaccine clinical trials, rendering any claims about the purported safety for this group largely speculative. Moreover, clinical evidence has suggested that Covid survivors suffer more-frequent and more-serious side effects from vaccination than those who have never been infected.
The onslaught of the Delta variant in recent weeks has reinforced the lessons about the robust protection afforded by natural immunity. Unlike the current vaccines, which are designed to target the spike protein of the virus, natural immunity recognizes the entire complement of SARS-CoV-2 proteins and thus protects against a greater array of variants.
Thus even as vaccine breakthrough infections multiply around the world, natural immunity is robust to the Delta and other variants... researchers have discovered that the antibodies produced by natural infection continue to evolve to generate “increasingly broad and potent antibodies that are resistant to mutations” compared with the more static “antibodies elicited by vaccination.”
WIND: for experts to fail to acknowledge that nearly half of Americans already have natural immunity is outrageous scientific fraud. Worse, they in effect are willfully endangering people who have natural immunity and might remain in weakened condition with things like Long-Haul COVID or auto-immune disorders. Because there are NO studies that look at what the vaccine does to those cohorts.
The latest Big Lie about COVID is that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated—no supports that assertion. It is especially suspicious given the lack of any randomized sampling of the population for antibodies and infections—it could be that the vaccinated are now the primary spreaders by virtue of dropping precautions.
Meanwhile, ~130 million Americans have natural immunity are being hounded and harrassed to get vaccinated. What person in their right mind would take on the risks of vaccination when already having natural immunity?
by Joel Zinberg, August 20, 2021
...GMU’s reopening policy requires all students, faculty, and staff to verify their vaccination status unless they obtain a religious or medical exemption—or risk disciplinary measures including unpaid leave, loss of merit pay, and termination of employment. Todd Zywicki, a longtime professor at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School, objected. He had already contracted and fully recovered from Covid-19 and, as a result, acquired natural immunity, confirmed by multiple positive SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests. His physician advised him that vaccination was unnecessary.
GMU insisted. Zywicki sued, claiming that the university could not show a compelling interest that should override his autonomy and constitutional rights to refuse a vaccine made unnecessary by his naturally acquired immunity.
GMU blinked. It granted Zywicki a medical exemption allowing him to hold office hours and attend in-person events provided that he maintains six feet of distance and that he undergo free, weekly Covid tests.
The GMU policy exemplifies the type of rigid, irrational rule-making that has characterized much of the pandemic response. If an individual can demonstrate immunity via circulating antibodies after a previous Covid infection, there is no compelling reason to require him to undergo an invasive vaccination.
...a study of over 52,000 Cleveland Clinic employees found the incidence of infection was the same among previously infected unvaccinated employees and vaccinated employees, including those who had and had not been previously infected. None of the 1,359 previously infected subjects who remained unvaccinated was re-infected. The authors concluded that individuals with previous Covid-19 infections are “unlikely to benefit” from vaccination.