For school kids (and almost all people under 30) the COVID virus causes mild or no illness. There is no reason whatsoever to vaccinate that group of people where the risk of the vaccine is greater than the disease itself.

The standard school entry injection requirements involve vaccines which have been studied and refined over many years, even decades. All covid vaccines are still experimental. The most widely used prompt DNA within a person’s genome to produce antibodies against the virus-a very elegant and possibly revolutionary technology. On the other hand the introduction of such a substance into actively growing and multiplying juvenile DNA gives me pause. We know about myocarditis/pericarditis: Rare, but if you get it, it’s 100 percent. I imagine weird, eery, creepy, unanticipated neoplasms in the more distant future: Epidemic occurrences in the young of Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, multiple myeloma, Lynch Syndrome, rare sarcomas, as yet unheard of cancers, leukemias, brain tumors.

Cancers, remotely possible, not factual, yes, but to emphasize, there is no good reason to vaccinate kids. COVID doesn’t make them very sick, most of the time not at all.

The most important element of a physician’s oath is “Primum Non Nocere” - first do no harm. “Experts,” bureaucrats, and politicians don’t encumber themselves with such limitations and they rarely pay a personal price for misjudgments or cynical decisions. To study the natural history of untreated syphilis, for 30 years CDC and U.S. Public Health Service officials withheld penicillin, the widely known cure, from affected African Americans. To my knowledge there were no sanctions. Or there is the more recent Flint, Michigan lead contamination of the water supply. A future assessment could place covid mandates in the same category as these atrocities.

If you fear getting covid from a kid, get the shot. At his age your correspondent isn’t sure which he should get first: The flu vax or the COVID booster.

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tlee

Really? You "imagine" "epidemic occurences" of diseases like "Waldenstrom's macroglobunemia"? As someone who has that rare disease, that statement immediately disqualifies you as someone who is a serious commentator.

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