Chicago Police Officer and FOP president, John Catanzara, has been objecting to Mayor Lightfoot’s draconian and indiscriminate vaccine policy directed at Chicago Police officers. He’s right. Cops are front line in public engagement. Many are COVID-recovered and are already immune. Mandating vaccination in these already immune officers puts then at risk of harm and is medically unnecessary.

Chicago Police officer and FOP president, John Catanzara, is the tip of the spear in opposing the irrational and punitive, “one-size-fit-all” vaccine mandate being imposed on Chicago Police officers — many of whom are COVID-recovered and already immune to SARS-CoV-2.

The death of Colin Powell from complications of COVID-19 is a tragedy. But there is a loud and clear message in his death from COVID-19 complications, despite being vaccinated: We must use our COVID-19 vaccines intelligently.

General Colin Powell served America to the best of his abilities, despite his self-awareness of errors he had made in the run up to the Iraq war. He was a public servant of the highest caliber and is an American hero. But even at this moment of peril for America, there is an important message in his death from COVID-19 complications, despite being vaccinated.

When a threshold number of people in a civil society behave irrationally or recklessly, restrictive laws and mandates become necessary to protect those in harm’s way. As Winter approaches in America, with 30% of us still un-immune, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is an inevitable (and unfortunate) necessity.

The Unimmune, who choose not to get vaccinated in this pandemic, are almost precisely like persons who choose to drink and get behind the wheel of a car. Statistically “most” will be just fine. But “some” won’t be and will take others with them. This is why the state does, in fact, have the power and the duty to restrain both drunk drivers and the unimmune, unvaccinated in a pandemic.

The greatest deceit in the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate is its irrational rigidity when in comes to millions of COVID-recovered and already immune Americans. This policy error, based in a terrible scientific lie, is creating a “silent majority” in our democracy against whom no president’s administration could survive.

In a chest beating and unpresidential address, President Biden Chastised Americans for not getting vaccinated.

Pennsbury school district’s policy of quarantining the COVID-recovered and already immune, but not the “fully vaccinated”, is irrationally discriminatory and unsafe for the mental and educational health of these already immune students.

Pennsbury High School ought not be discriminating against COVID-recovered and already immune, but not “fully vaccinated”, students when they are exposed to COVID. This discriminatory policy is detrimental to the mental and education health of these already immune students.

In America, we should opt for cogency and decency to one another, over coercion and disrespect for the other. Immunity, not “one-size-fit-all” vaccination, is our way out of the COVID-19 debacle. But why doesn’t the Biden administration see the nuance?

Why is it that the only US senator who is demanding cogency and decency in hearing the voices of the American people in the minority, those either harmed or already immune and coerced into getting unnecessary vaccinations, is being demonized by the media and governing establishment?

COVID-19 vaccine “Breakthrough infections” are happening. It is highly likely that up to 30% of COVID-19 vaccine doses being administered to Americans are not effective at inducinging a proper immune response to SARS-CoV-2. So, if you’re “fully vaccinated” check your COVID-19 blood antibody levels to make sure you’re “immune” too!

I write here, as a physician-immunologist, in direct protest to dangerous and irresponsible public behavior being exhibited by the Biden FDA and CDC in discouraging “fully vaccinated” Americans from ensuring that their COVID-19 shots have induced “full immunity” — in a setting where the agency leadership know that up to 30% of vaccine doses are likely not rendering vaccine recipients adequately immune. This is another colossal error being made by the Biden administration.

If only all American institutions would behave like an amazing little K-8 school in Pennsylvania is acting— we’d beat back this terrible pandemic, rationally without compromising our individualist values. AND we’d sow the seeds of reason and friendship in our vastly diverse and divided nation. America can be about reasonable people acting reasonably and in friendship.

Trust and ethical conduct by administrators and government rest at the core of civil compliance by a plural democracy like ours. A little K-8 school in Pennsylvania is suddenly setting an example of ethical and reasonable conduct for our entire nation to follow in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FDA and CDC have been ignoring the reality that indiscriminate vaccination of recently or asymptomatically COVID-19 infected persons has caused totally avoidable harm to a non-negligible number of Americans. Now, CDC has announced a policy of blanket “booster shots” in a subset of vaccine compliant Americans. Using this inadequately calibrated, “one-size-fit-all” approach again, CDC is almost certain to magnify harm to a subset of Americans in whom booster vaccination may be unnecessary or dangerous.

Indiscriminate booster vaccination of “fully vaccinated” Americans, without first establishing “medical necessity” of re-vaccination, and ruling out a concurrent asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection is a dangerous and unethical clinical and public health practice.

The only way for vulnerable Americans to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to know the EXACT status of their immunity to the virus. But on May 19, 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration placed a significant barrier to Americans and their physicians determining COVID-19 immunity status using the gold-standard antibody test.

The Biden FDA is causing a severe national health security threat by blocking Americans’ access to personal information on the status of their immunity to COVID-19. Without this information Americans are unable to make informed and rational decisions to protect themselves.

Hooman Noorchashm

Hooman Noorchashm MD, PhD is a physician-scientist. He is an advocate for ethics, patient safety and women’s health. He and his 6 children live in Pennsylvania.

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