Throughout the country, schools (especially colleges and universities) are mandating that students receive COVID-19 vaccinations before they return for in-person learning. This is a terrible idea that will likely do more harm than good.

For example, the University of Southern California “is requiring all students, faculty and staff to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19 in order to access campus facilities for the fall semester.”

There are many reasons students should not be required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

First, all three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

As FDA notes, “An Emergency Use Authorization is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under an EUA, FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions when certain statutory criteria have been met, including that there are no adequate, approved and available alternatives.”

There is a big difference between allowing the use of unapproved vaccines and requiring them. As long as the COVID-19 vaccines are under EUA, it is patently wrong to mandate them.

Second, less than a month after FDA gave the go-ahead for adolescent Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, disturbing reports have surfaced of young Americans being hospitalized with heart problems.

As NBC News recently reported, “a higher-than-usual number of cases of a type of heart inflammation has been reported following COVID-19 vaccination, especially among young men following their second dose of an mRNA vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.”

“Overall, 226 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis after vaccination in people younger than age 30 have been confirmed, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, said during a presentation to a Food and Drug Administration advisory group,” NBC News notes.

Indeed, the number of young Americans experiencing heart problems after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has caused the CDC to schedule an “emergency meeting” to look further into this troubling matter.

Unless and until this problem is fully understood, no school in the country should mandate students receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Third, what about students who have already contracted COVID-19 and have ample natural antibodies? Why in the world should they be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

According to a study from the Cleveland Clinic titled “Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals,” “Not one of the 1,359 previously infected subjects who remained unvaccinated had a SARS-CoV-2 infection over the duration of the study.”

In other words, if you have had COVID-19, there is no need for a vaccine. However, most (if not all) of the schools issuing vaccine edicts have made no exceptions for students previously infected with COVID-19. That makes no sense.

Fourth, and perhaps most significant, is the fact that by and large, COVID-19 poses little threat to young people.

As of this writing, according to CDC data, 314 Americans under the age of 17 have died from COVID-19. Among Americans aged 18 to 29 years old, 2,323 have died from COVID-19.

Moreover, data shows that young people rarely transmit COVID-19. According to Pediatrics (official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics): “Children are not significant drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear why documented SARS-CoV-2 transmission from children to other children or adults is so infrequent.”

So, if young people are basically invulnerable to COVID-19 and seldom spread the disease, why are schools pushing to mandate vaccines on this population?

If we have learned one lesson from the pandemic, it is that one-size-fits-all “solutions” do not work.

Fifteen months into the pandemic, it is unequivocally true that COVID-19 has an outsized effect on the elderly and those with co-morbidities, such as obesity, diabetes, etc.

For the most part, young people have been thrown under the proverbial bus throughout the pandemic. We shuttered schools, thereby retarding their educational prospects and intellectual development. We also forbade them from almost any in-person social interaction, which contributed to a huge spike in child abuse, depression and even youth suicide.

At this point in the pandemic, we know that young people have paid a monumental toll. The absolute last thing we should do is mandate an experimental vaccine that could cause long-term heart problems.

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Ivermectin per yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

Why Is the FDA Attacking a Safe, Effective Drug?

Ivermectin is a promising Covid treatment and prophylaxis, but the agency is denigrating it.

By David R. Henderson and Charles L. Hooper

July 28, 2021 12:34 pm ET


The Food and Drug Administration claims to follow the science. So why is it attacking ivermectin, a medication it certified in 1996?

Earlier this year the agency put out a special warning that “you should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.” The FDA’s statement included words and phrases such as “serious harm,” “hospitalized,” “dangerous,” “very dangerous,” “seizures,” “coma and even death” and “highly toxic.” Any reader would think the FDA was warning against poison pills. In fact, the drug is FDA-approved as a safe and effective antiparasitic.

Ivermectin is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines ... A group of 10 doctors who call themselves the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance have said ivermectin is “one of the safest, low-cost, and widely available drugs in the history of medicine.”

Ivermectin fights 21 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19. A single dose reduced the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in cells by 99.8% in 24 hours and 99.98% in 48 hours, according to a June 2020 study published in the journal Antiviral Research.

Moreover, the drug can help prevent Covid-19. One 2020 article in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications looked at what happened after the drug was given to family members of confirmed Covid-19 patients. Less than 8% became infected, versus 58.4% of those untreated.

My comment: The reason the FDA is so unscientifically attacking ivermectin is not difficult to discern. Use of ivermectin as prophylaxis and treatment would undermine our slavish reliance upon the hugely profitable, unsafe, and nowadays-looking ineffective COVID vaccines.


It is heartwarming to find gabrielshorn2013 and threecents teaming up in their state of being uninformed. In a previous comment I referred gabrielshorn2013 to two websites. Clearly, neither gabrielshorn2013 nor threecents has bothered to examine them. Ivermectin is being successfully used to treat COVID in countries all over the world. Ivermectin is also being successfully used as prophylaxis in countries all over the world. Here is another website that folks prepared to be objective can examine that establishes what I just said: If gabrielshorn2013 and threecents persist without examining the mountain of evidence, as I expect they will, I will begin quoting from the unimpeachable evidence in the three websites I have identified.


"I will begin quoting from the unimpeachable evidence in the three websites I have identified."

Oh, please do. and while you're at it, how about answering some of the points that we both raised. You mention that the UK has 40% of people admitted to hospital as receiving two doses of coronavirus. True, but whose vaccine? It was the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not under EUA in the us, because of its reduced efficacy. You do realize that there are currently three vaccine technologies in use, right? Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech are mRNA vaccines that are a world apart in technology from the viral-based AZ vaccines. Of course a booster shot may be required, since the virus is a moving target because it is mutating. When such time as CDC and FDA determine that a booster is needed because of that variability, a recommendation for such booster will be made. And to your "pharma as boogeyman" theory, you do know that ivermectin is made by those same pharma companies that make vaccines, right? They could simply use the animal drug, add a human use indication, jack up the price for such use, and make an ungodly amount of money, all without investing the huge amount of resources that they currently have done. As GregF properly states below, if folks like you were around in the '50s and '60s, we would still have polio and smallpox. You still have not provided a reference to the increased levels of adverse events caused by these vaccines. When do you think that will happen? Stick to your last, counselor.


Before I begin citing the mountain of unimpeachable evidence regarding ivermectin, I will pause to allow folks interested in the truth to examine the websites I have cited, which you clearly are not doing at all. But the remainder of your latest comment inadvertently approaches the heart of the matter. The reason the usefulness of ivermectin has been suppressed is because it has been in use for other ailments for 40 years. It is unpatentable, generic, cheap and available, compared to Pfizer's vaccine which is the most profitable drug ever. As for "adverse events": Data released on July 23 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included a total of almost 500,000 reports of injuries and deaths, across all age groups, following COVID vaccines — an increase of 27,761 compared with the previous week. Between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 16, 2021, a total of 491,218 total adverse events were reported, including 11,405 deaths — an increase of 414 over the previous week. There were 56,152 serious injuries reported during the same time period — up 7,767 compared with the previous week. The data comes directly from reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. In 2010, a comprehensive report funded by HHS concluded that VAERS collects “fewer than 1% of vaccine injuries.” Even vaccine manufacturers acknowledged in a confidential, internal 2012 memo “a fifty-fold underreporting of [vaccine] adverse events.” Nothing has been done since then to improve VAERS, which remains a passive reporting system. There have now been more deaths reported following COVID-19 injections that started in December of 2020, than there have been total deaths recorded following vaccinations in the previous 30 years, from January 1, 1991 through November 30, 2020.


Still waiting for your detailed analysis of the actual paper, ans not the summaries provided by your QAnon website there Agent Mulder. "The truth is out there:.


Barry, Gabe and I are actual microbiologists, who have no professional or personal connections with each other except that we interact on this forum, and we often strenuously disagree with each other, but we both know those web sites you quoted are not reliable. You are smart enough to know that too, so I don't know what your deal is. Before you double down, please try to look at this without those conspiracy colored glasses. After that, if you feel the need - go right ahead, but I am done with you. Gabe is more patient than I am, so you can both continue to have at it.


USC is a private university. They can do what they want.


Hallelujah! I believe this is the very first op-ed or article published in this newspaper that dares to undermine vaccine hysteria. Vaccinating children is only the most extreme aspect of vaccine hysteria, given the availability of medical counter-measures like ivermectin, proven to be effective and safe in treatment (especially early treatment) of COVID. The only reason you have not heard of ivermectin is the completely one-sided, pro-vaccination coverage of COVID in the mainstream. In this "Commentary" section, this side of the debate clearly prevails. The other side, "We would die for our children ...," seems to begin with reasons to oppose mandatory vaccination and then resorts to the statistic that has been jammed down our throats incessantly, namely that 99% of those getting infected are unvaccinated. This figure is fraudulent, pure and simple. On May 24, front page Frederick News-Post, we are informed that the CDC is advising that fully vaccinated individuals "can largely skip getting tested" for COVID. I will spell it out -- that leaves only the unvaccinated who are getting tested. Even apart from that distortion, we all should know by now that "breakthrough" infections are common. Report after report reveals breakthrough infections among our impossible-to -ignore public figures like Bill Maher, many on the professional sports teams, several among the Texas Democrats who recently flew to Washington D.C., on July 19, the report of the Florida congressman who has contracted COVID despite being fully vaccinated, on July 20, the same for a Pelosi aide. Here is a poorly kept secret -- the COVID vaccines don't work against the delta variant. On July 9, the Washington Post reported that Pfizer plans to seek approval for a booster shot. Why? "[A]n an Israeli government analysis showing that as the delta variant of the virus became dominant, vaccine efficacy dropped ... Pfizer also cited its continuing follow-up of people who were vaccinated last summer …" It is not just the delta variant -- Pfizer says the protection afforded by its vaccine begins to expire in six months. In Israel where almost all adults are vaccinated, the majority of new infections are among the vaccinated. On July 19, the United Kingdom's chief scientific adviser, announced that 40% of people admitted to hospital with COVID in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. Boosters are already being administered in both Israel and the UK. Politico reported on July 12: "The Biden administration has repeatedly downplayed the need for additional shots, wary of undermining confidence in the vaccines … [M]any administration officials have come to view another round of Covid-19 shots as highly likely …" The boosters will yield more astronomical profits to Big Pharma and more adverse reactions, which are being covered up, except in a unique column like the one we are commenting upon.


Ivermectin??? Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic, NOT an antiviral! I expected such nonsense from A&A. As for your fudging of the numbers, your attempt to obfuscate is noted. When patients are admitted for CoViD treatment, 95%+ respond that they vlhave NOT BEEN VACCINATED. That is obviously a significant issue. Please provide evidence of the higher levels AEs. This is tin foil hat stuff, directly from the barn full of BS that is QAnon.


gabrielshorn2013, if you are only really interested in being rude, I surrender. If you have any real interest in learning about the successful use of ivermectin as both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID, I will refer you to two websites. has a database of 101 studies, 67 peer reviewed, 60 with results comparing treatment and control groups. contains the FLCCC Alliance’s “Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19” which has been peer-reviewed, accepted, and published on May 1, 2021, in the American Journal of Therapeutics. There is a group of doctors right here in Frederick who have been successfully treating COVID for more than a year. I will not subject these doctors to rudeness. After you study the two websites I am referring you to, you will begin to realize that the FDA is a "captured agency" -- captured by the Industries it is supposed to be regulating.


Unfortunately, there is a lot of made up data from ivermectin studies and a lot of people happy to sell snake oil treatments, but Barry is all too eager to latch onto any anti-government conspiracy theory.


Ohhhh...I get it now Mr. Kissin. It's all one big CONSPIRACY between the pharmaceutical industry, the government, and academia (you know, the illuminati, wink). Do you understand the difference between studying something, and finding statistically significant evidence that the object of the study had a positive effect? Yes, there have been dozens of studies on Ivermectin (these studies may also be found on, just as there have been dozens of studies on the effects of hydroxychloroquine, and neither of these proposed treatments showed a statistically significant effect. Furthermore, treating the symptoms of a disease is different than preventing the disease, as the latter is the preferred course. As viruses spread to infect others, they mutate, causing new variants to emerge, such as the current delta variant, which is significantly more transmissible, with a faster time to the onset of symptoms, and hospitalization and death. That is what we are all trying to prevent. BTW, you still have not presented a reference for your claims of serious unreported adverse events. Please understand that no vaccine is 100 percent effective, and breakthrough in some of those vaccinated is expected. However, in the case of the SARS-CoV-2 (CoViD-19) vaccine, those breakthrough events are far fewer than with other vaccines, and those who become infected show far milder symptoms or death. In closing, "cobbler, stick to your last".


[thumbup]Gabe. While ivermectin has show some in vitro success in cultured monkey cells, it was at doses higher than can be safely used in humans. It has used been in small clinical trials, where it has shown maybe a little bit of efficacy against COVID-19. The WHO (not the rock group) recommends it not be used except in real clinical trials, which sounds reasonable. Ivermectin is promoted by the same right wingers that promoted hydroxychloroquine. Can we please not believe conspiracy theorists without medical or microbiology credentials when it comes to medical microbiology issues? Unfortunately, controlled clinical trials are the only way to know if a drug is effective and safe.


Thanks three, you beat me to it, and hit the nail squarely on the head. Mr. Kissin is Frederick's own Oliver Stone, another well-known conspiracy theorist. His other writings were harmless self-gratification, but this nonsense could kill people.


BTW, today's political cartoon describes the current situation to a T:


The bottom line is that we know the vaccines have already saved 100s of 1000s of lives - maybe millions with few side effects, and we do not know if ivermectin works or if it would cause fewer side effects than the vaccines. We live in the real world with a real viruses that would be devastating the US right now - just like it is doing in right now in countries with low vaccination rates.


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] three!


1st, the vaccines are ~95% effective. 5% not effective are still a lot of people. 2nd, the breakthrough infections are mild, the infections of the unvaccinated cause hospitalization and death in many just like the original. And the unvaccinated tend to be the young and invincible and the old hardheads.


And as for additional boosters, we absolutely have to consider boosters - including boosters that will target the delta variants and other variants. The pandemic is far from over, and we don't know how long the vaccine protection will last, much less how much vaccine resistance the virus will attain next month, next year, and even in five years. Pfizer has already shown that a second booster can boost immunity significantly, as measured by antibody titers, so it may make sense to give boosters in the future. That is something for the FDA and CDC experts to decide based on hard data.


“As of this writing, according to CDC data, 314 Americans under the age of 17 have died from COVID-19. Among Americans aged 18 to 29 years old, 2,323 have died from COVID-19.” These won’t have long term “heart problems” you claim are a good reason to avoid vaccination. Statistics to you, to show how few, how unimportant to consider. 2637 families might disagree.


[thumbup]DW, and many more young people have had serious and long-term illness due to the virus.

Greg F

Author repeats the same debunked blather Fox News does…point 4 especially. With attitudes like this, polio and small pox would still be mainstays in today’s society. Get a vaccine or let Darwin rule over your fate, especially with the highly contagious variant and other variants sure to come through the unvaccinated nitwits.


As a senior Senior Citizen, I take a variety of prescription medicines for a variety of maladies. I don’t even read the possible side effects of the meds anymore because they are too scary. The drugs they advertise on TV often list “death” as a possible side effect. But we take them anyway, hoping that we won’t be among the .0001% that die or suffer serious reactions from taking them. Why?? Because they are far, far more likely to prolong our lives than to take them. And in the case of the COVID-19 vaccines, they not only protect you, they protect others. GET VACCINATED!!


👍👍👍 exactly phy!


These apparent side effects (~10x higher rate than the general population) are serious by not long term or fatal and occur at a rate as high as about 0.003% of vaccinated young people according to the presentation referred to. Even though young people do not get Covid-19 illnesses as often as older people, they are more likely to have serious and longer term reactions to the virus than the vaccine, especially with the Delta variant. It is only a matter of time before the virus mutates enough to more efficiently infect children. As I have written before, the vaccines are our chance to end the virus soon, and we may not get that chance again, depending on how long it takes the virus to mutate into something even more contagious and virulent and vaccine-resistant. So far the vaccines have been remarkably effective, and with the mountains of data on them, of course we will find apparent associations with adverse effects that may or may not be real. This myocarditis/pericarditis fear does not rise to the level that it should deter healthy individuals from getting vaccinated. But when in doubt, people should ask their pediatrician and listen to what the CDC says, and they should definitely not listen to what partisan talk shows say.


👍👍👍 three!

Greg F

At this point I feel zero sympathy for a person who dies of Covid that could have gotten a vaccine…except those with legitimate medical reasons. No god is looking out for the millions sick or dead either.

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