So the Atlantic, as far left leaning a “news” outlet as you are likely to find, just published a piece entitled “Should Teen Boys Get Boosted? It’s full of the normal PANIC PORN such as (always my caps) “more than 1 MILLION COVID-19 cases were reported in a SINGLE DAY” and “COVID outbreaks among staff left hospitals struggling to attend to their EVER-GROWING NUMBER of COVID patients.” Oh yeah, and also “…the CDC endorsed Pfizer booster shots for teenagers, saying not only that every American 12 and up CAN get one, but that they SHOULD.” Whew, lucky for us that booster got approved.
What the good folks at the Atlantic fail to report here is the CDC endorsed boosters AGAINST the advice of the FDA’s own advisory committee. From the Intelligencer, another left-leaning outlet “As a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, had NOT SUPPORTED widespread boosting at the committee’s meetings in September and October when the agency authorized boosters for all adults. On the same day the CDC strengthened its recommendation, Offit co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Post with two former top officials in the FDA’s office of vaccine research who reportedly resigned in the fall in part because of their opposition to the FDA’s authorization of boosters for all.”
It’s important for some to realize from where this quote comes. The Intelligencer is so far left the title of their piece is “A SKEPTIC’S Case Against Boosting Everyone”. Now anyone who knows the name Paul Offit knows this guy is perhaps the most pro-vaccine guy on planet earth. He is reviled by the anti-vax community and has been attacked for years in part because of his industry ties and profit making off vaccines. So to call this guy a “skeptic” is like calling Anthony Fauci “honest”. But back to the quote. Not only is it a poorly structured sentence by this “writer” (there’s my writing OCD rearing its ugly head again) but the “two former top officials” referred to were in fact Marion Gruber (32 years with FDA), director of the Office of Vaccines Research & Review (OVRR), and Phil Krause (more than a decade with FDA), OVRR deputy director, who both quit because the White House and CDC essentially overrode the FDA committee’s determination that boosters WEREN’T WARRANTED for everybody. For those of you who don’t know, FDA stands for Food and Drug Administration and it is THEIR job to determine the safety and efficacy of a medicine, NOT the CDC’s, and especially NOT the White House’s. But Biden and Fauci, who, you know, “follow the science” decided they knew better than the people whose actual job it is to make those determinations and now, BOOSTERS FOR EVERYBODY!! If we could just get those damn infants...
Anyway, back to Offit. “Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me that getting boosted would NOT BE WORTH THE RISK for the average healthy 17-year-old boy. Offit advised his own son, who is in his 20s, NOT TO GET a third dose. Even with Omicron’s ability to sidestep some of the protection vaccines provide, Offit said, he believes that his son is well protected against serious illness with two shots, so a third JUST ISN’T NECESSARY… ‘I think what’s different with Omicron is that you’re not as well protected against mild illness. So the question is: What does the booster buy you? It buys you better protection against MILD ILLNESS. But then the question becomes: For how long? Unlike protection against serious illness, which is mediated by memory cells [T-cells] that are LONG-LIVED, protection against mild illness is mediated by neutralizing ANTIBODIES that are not as long lived.’”
Now as I have pointed out many times, your kid is already as “protected” as he can be without any shots, but if Paul Offit, a guy who has never met a vaccine he didn’t like, says it’s not a good idea, you should probably listen. And by the way, the next time you meet someone who “knows” that you need another shot because your antibodies are “waning”, tell them to look up T-cell immunity. This idea that you need another shot because you show few or no antibodies to coronavirus in your blood even though you’ve been infected is nonsense and a lie.
The Atlantic piece goes on to tell us “Young people are generally at MUCH LOWER RISK of severe COVID than older people, which is one of the reasons that boosting them was controversial to begin with. And if Omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, the benefit of boosters might be SMALLER STILL.”
But aside from the zero benefit boosters or the initial vaccines themselves can provide to young people, there is the specter of myocarditis, especially in young men.
Again, from the Atlantic: “Inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis, typically arises in children and young adults after they recover from a viral infection...It can cause chest pain, heart palpitations, and arrhythmias, and in the worst cases, fatal shock or heart failure. Patients with mild myocarditis might not get sick enough to need medical attention, but in some extremely unusual cases they may develop arrhythmias that lead to sudden death...Patrick Flynn, a pediatric cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, told me that specialists haven’t figured out any risk factors for myocarditis besides sex—boys are more susceptible than girls—nor can they predict who will get very sick from the condition, or who might die from it without warning. ‘It’s really LARGELY RANDOM’ he said.” So in the face of ZERO risk to your otherwise healthy kid from the virus, you can vaccinate him; load a round in a chamber, spin the cylinder, and pull the trigger. How exciting!
But the authors go on to tell us “Myocarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccines is rare, and tends to affect a very specific group: boys and men in their teens and early 20s who have received mRNA-based shots.” They go on to tell us the numbers showing how rare it is, but then “All of these numbers are likely UNDERCOUNTS, Walid Gellad, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine [said].” Isn’t it interesting how all the numbers meant to scare us (cases, hospitalizations, deaths) are overcounted, but the possible poor outcomes of “the science” (masks, lockdowns, vaccines) are undercounted? I wonder why that is? Moving on…
Then there’s this gem: “But the United States is positively DROWNING in coronavirus right now. ‘It’s not a theoretical risk,’ Gigi Gronvall, an immunologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told me. ‘You are going to get exposed to the actual virus.’ Each individual teen’s risk of bad outcomes if they do get infected might be small, but each individual teen is also now much, much more likely to get infected in the first place, thanks in large part to Omicron. (Gronvall’s 14-year-old son has a booster appointment for this week.)” Now read that again. Each kid’s risk of bad outcome “might be” small (remember, mathematically ZERO risk), but now due to Omi, each kid is much more LIKELY to get infected. So what? My 22 year old sons are at ZERO risk from COVID, so if they get “infected” their individual risk of harm is STILL ZERO. Their individual risk does not go up because the virus is more transmissible. So why exactly should I care? Oh yeah, because of the sheer number of cases, we could "overwhelm" the hospitals. More on this later.
Well fortunately for us, we’re told why. “All those infections don’t have to be severe to be harmful. MISSING SCHOOL and work has real consequences for families. And MIS-C, a dangerous post-infection syndrome that can affect the heart (among other organs), has shown up in kids who had even mild bouts of COVID.” REALLY? NOW “missing school” is a concern?? For some two years tens of millions of American kids effectively have had little or no school (and it is still going on right now in some places) and NOW missing school is a CONCERN so that’s WHY you should get Junior vaxxed? Mad props for that kind of brazenly duplicitous hubris. Much respect.
And as far as the boogeyman of MIS-C is concerned, I’ve written about this before. As of January 3, 2022 the CDC documents a total of 55 deaths due to MIS-C during the pandemic. That’s a risk that your kid (CDC tracks up to age 20) will die from MIS-C of around 0.00006%. That’s six one hundred-thousandths of one percent. Why EXACTLY are we being “warned” about MIS-C from coronavirus infection?
“The benefits of getting those first two doses are beyond question.” For kids, that’s a mathematical lie.
“Omicron adds one more important wrinkle to decision making about boosters: Until the overwhelming majority of the world is vaccinated, new variants are likely to emerge from one season to the next…But if it’s not, then a third dose could provide ESSENTIAL PROTECTION against the NEXT VARIANT —and Americans who avoid a booster now could find themselves REGRETTING their complacency.”
First, getting the “overwhelming majority” of the world vaccinated will take years and years if ever. OK never, especially when this whole charade collapses. So expect new variants forever (unless the “novel” virus just disappears, which is possible). Second, we’re seeing in real time, RIGHT NOW, that the vax doesn’t stop transmission so how EXACTLY would a booster NOW protect me from the “NEXT VARIANT” which might be months away, if ever?
So if you have fallen for the argument that you should boost your kid because Omicron is gonna getcha, there seems to be no “science” at all behind that assertion. Stop listening to the “experts” and talking heads. They’re lying to us all the time. Stop living in fear of something that presents to you and your kids a ZERO risk of harm. And if you believe it’s your “patriotic duty” to vax and boost yourself and your kids to “protect society” or the hospitals because we are “DROWNING” in coronavirus, you might want to take a breath. Of course the idea that I need to be vaccinated to “protect” your fully vaccinated rear is nonsense, and as I have said many times, any society that would risk damaging its children to protect itself is not a society worth saving (that would be us). I realize to many that sentiment makes me a stupid, selfish, science-denying, grandma-killing, Junior-killing, Trump-loving racist (I’m gonna need a bigger business card), but that doesn’t make what I said untrue.Take control of your own health destiny and live your life.