Vaccine Segregation Continues: Is A “Fourth Wave” Set To Be Blamed On The “Anti-Vaxxers”?

An anti-vaccination rally on the steps of California’s State Capitol in Sacramento last month.Credit…Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The threat of a "4th wave" of COVID is making its way across mainstream media in Canada. The only way to stop it, according to government health authorities, is if everybody gets vaccinated.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are scientists, doctors and publications calling into question the idea that everybody needs to be vaccinated never acknowledged by mainstream media? Why are they ridiculed? Why are they censored?

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Is a fourth wave of COVID-19 upon us? Virus outbreaks have long been blamed on people who choose not to vaccinate, or on children who are not vaccinated. Despite this constant finger pointing, which we are now starting to see with the COVID outbreak, interesting data exists suggesting that unvaccinated people, for certain viruses, are not really putting anyone who is vaccinated in harm’s way. So why the blame?

The push to have every single person vaccinated has never been so strong. The messaging is everywhere and campaigns to coerce people who remain hesitant are apparent. Right now there are certain rights and freedoms, that existed prior to the pandemic, that may be removed for people who do not take the jab. People wonder if they will lose their ability to travel, work, go to school, and/or participate in certain recreational activities, like going to a hockey game.

But how far can people be pushed? Is it possible those who believe in mass vaccination could, en masse, support the loss of rights and freedoms for those who choose not to vaccinate?

We have to come to understand one another, and to do so, we have to listen. There are many legitimate reasons for why millions people remain hesitant about COVID vaccines. For people who decide it’s the right move for them, that’s great, but who is speaking up for the other group? Isn’t freedom of choice something for all of us, on both sides of any issue?

Despite the concerns that have been, and are being raised about COVID vaccines (outlined in the link above), scientists are not being heard. Dr. Sunetra Gupta, considered by many to be the world’s preeminent infectious disease expert, explained that the way COVID vaccines are being promoted, and the idea that everybody needs to be vaccinated, is unscientific and suspicious. 

Here’s a statement from a renowned group of experts and “pro” vaccine scientists in the field who penned an open letter as far back as May explaining,

Covid-19 will take its place among the 30 or so respiratory viral diseases with which humans have historically co-existed. This has been explicitly accepted in a number of recent statements by the Chief Medical Officer. For most vaccinated and other low-risk people, Covid-19 is now a mild endemic infection, likely to recur in seasonal waves which renew immunity without significantly stressing the NHS.

Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit. Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge. The DfE recommendations on face covering and social distancing in schools should never have been extended beyond Easter and should cease no later than 17 May. Mandatory face coverings, physical distancing and mass community testing should cease no later than 21 June along with other controls and impositions. All consideration of immunity documentation should cease.

Talks of a 4th wave, relating specifically the “Delta variant” are upon us. Government health authorities are stressing the idea that we need to vaccinate as many people as possible to avoid a 4th wave. This means that if a fourth wave does arise, “anti vaxers” will likely be blamed.

People who choose not to vaccinate are being made out to be people who do not care about the good of the whole. They are being labelled as “anti vaccine,” and any scientist or doctor who presents information and evidence as to why vaccine hesitancy is a result of legit information, and not baseless conspiracy theories, is heavily vilified.

In Canada, this happened to a Professor and Viral Immunologist at the University of Guelph, Dr. Byram Bridle. In the United States it happened to Professor of Medicine at Harvard University Dr. Martin Kulldorff. In March Kulldorff was subjected to censorship by Twitter for sharing his opinion that not everybody needed to take the COVID vaccine.

These are just a couple of several dozens of examples, and it hasn’t just happened with vaccines. Science, data, and expert opinions shared by those who question the narrative on virtually any intervention to stop the pandemic, whether it be vaccines, masks, lockdowns or other medications, have experienced the same thing. The censorship of science during this pandemic has been unprecedented, making it so only one side has been presented to the masses.

Even the strong scientific evidence that’s been accumulating showing the power and robust protection natural immunity can provide from COVID infection, and potential variants, seems to have been pushed under the rug. It’s also heavily questioned within the mainstream. The general scientific consensus is that more than a billion people have been infected already, which is why for most people the survival rate of COVID is extremely high, nearly 100 percent for healthy people under the age of 60.

If this is true, then there are a number of people in the population who are already immune and do not require a vaccine. If they do get an infection, they will most likely recover from it and move on.

It’s also important to reiterate that a “positive case” does not mean one is infectious. In a letter to the editor published in the Journal of Infection, researchers explain that more than half of all “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not even infectious.

What about the safety of the vaccine? As of July 7th, according to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), there have been approximately 7000 deaths, 6000 permanent disabilities, 23,000 hospitalizations, 55,000 emergency room visits & 400,000 other adverse reactions recorded as a result of the shot (U.S.)

What about the fact that people who are healthy and not sick, also known as asymptomatic, are extremely unlikely to spread the virus? Why is it not OK to ask why asymptomatic people are being treated as if they are sick?

Asymptomatic individuals are an order of magnitude less likely to infect others than symptomatic individuals, even in intimate settings such as people living in the same household where people are much less likely to follow social distancing and masking practices that they follow outside the household. Spread of the disease in less intimate settings by asymptomatic individuals – including religious services, in-person restaurant visits, gyms, and other public settings – are likely to be even less likely than in the household.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University School of Medicine

Many medical professionals have been raising vaccine safety concerns throughout this pandemic as well.

So what is vaccine segregation really about? Is it about protecting the “herd”? Is it about profit? Is it about control? When it comes to vaccines in general, society is at a point where we can’t even have a meaningful conversation about the topic because people have been thrusted into their respective sides and told to stay there. The belief that things are black and white when it comes to the safety of vaccines, and that “the science is settled,” continues to be legitimately challenged in many ways, yet pro-vaccine advocates continually use ridicule and labels like “antivax conspiracy theory” in order to paint the perception that there are no issues. What is causing us to be so divided? Have we lost our sense of connection with one another?

For me, if the COVID vaccine was completely safe, effective & necessary to protect other people for the good of the planet, I’d be the first one in line. My heart is in the right place and so are the hearts of many others. So if anyone is going to entice me or others who are hesitant to take the shot, they’re going to have to provide good information, and not stick to ridicule.

Make an attempt to listen to myself and others, acknowledge the points we bring forth, and counter the science presented. You’re going to have to convince people that informed consent and freedom of choice is not warranted. We’re going to have to agree that COVID is truly as dangerous and unique to what we’ve seen multiple times over, and you’re going to have to show me that the vaccine is indeed safe and effective for everybody.

In my opinion, the most important freedom to protect right now is freedom of choice and informed consent. Always.

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