Currently, it is NOT a standard of care in medical practice to assess either the extent of a person’s existing immunity or the presence of an active infection at the time a patient is being offered a vaccine.
In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic and SARS-CoV-2 infection, it is certainly the case that COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to people, worldwide, many of whom are either naturally immune or recently infected.
It is my opinion, as a physician and immunologist, that this indiscriminate vaccination process is either unnecessary or potentially dangerous — thus, indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccination has opened the…
Dear President Biden,
I write here, as a physician and immunologist, in defense of our brave men and women in uniform— member of the United States military.
Specifically, I write here to publicly inform you that the subset of our troops who are already naturally immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or who have been recently infected, are at risk of potentially deadly harm from indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccination.
I respectfully ask that you carefully consider my analysis here and discuss it with your national security advisor, joint chiefs of staff and the secretaries of the US Army, Navy and Air Force.
Facts and logic are stubborn things.
Here, I am presenting the facts and logic pointing to a serious, but totally avoidable, hazard from indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccination of the naturally immune or recently infected in communities of color in America.
I believe that this risk of “minority harm” that I am describing here is currently operational in all naturally immune or recently infected persons, but is being missed, ignored or downplayed by the United States government agencies.
Let me explain.
America confronted the COVID-19 pandemic unprepared — and our polarized politics exacerbated the magnitude of devastation the nation has experienced with…
I write this message to you, myself a parent of one college student and one soon-to-be college student.
My son, Joseph, contracted a COVID-19 infection at the University of Chicago last Fall. He recovered after about 7 days of being symptomatic and is now immune by standard serological measures. The same serological tests, by the way, that demonstrated the efficacy of our COVID-19 vaccines in the clinical trials of Pfizer, Moderna .and J&J. Because he is naturally immune, Joseph will NOT be getting vaccinated in the near future.
My daughter, Nadia, soon to go to Boston College has…
FactCheck.org’s Ms. Catalina Jaramillo recently published a poorly researched opinion article on the problem of indiscriminate vaccination of the already naturally immune and recently infected. This article was presented as a “fact check”, though in reality it was a disingenuous and shameful attempt at debunking a real safety concern to a minority subset of Americans in harm’s way.
In a previous article, I detailed my position on the totally unacceptable, dangerous and politically motivated orientation of Ms. Jaramillo’s article.
A famous American once said that “facts are stubborn things.”
So when a well-known Journalist from a well-read media organization called FactCheck.org makes a call to fact-check, you can bet that the truth is under assault by someone, somewhere. You just don’t expect it to be by the fact-checker herself.
So when I got an email from Ms. Catalina Jaramillo of FactCheck.org, I responded to her immediately with a phone call — and we had a nice interview.
My tendency is to trust good journalists — because I view them as truth seekers. Certainly I have listened to many of…
Honorable President Tessier-Lavigne and colleagues,
I am writing you after learning today that Stanford University is mandating that ALL students be vaccinated against COVID-19.
As you know, on April 22, 2021, Stanford Provost Persis Drell wrote, in a letter to the Stanford community, stating:”Stanford plans to require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19"
I am writing you urgently on the public record to warn Stanford University of the danger of harm this blanket requirement will almost certainly impose on, at least, some members of your student body. …
Honorable president Drake and colleagues,
I am writing you after learning today that the the University of California system is mandating that ALL students be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Nina Agrawal and colleagues at the Los Angeles Times wrote that: “The University of California and California State University announced Thursday that they will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on campus properties this fall”.
I am writing you urgently on the public record to warn University of California of the danger of harm this blanket requirement will almost certainly impose on, at least, some members of your student…
Dear Dr. Rubin,
I am writing your in your capacity as the editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Yesterday, April 21, 2021, NEJM published a paper entitled “Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons” by Shimabukuro et al.
In this article, the authors state that “Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.”
A total of 35,691 pregnant women were studied, who received either the Pfizer or the Moderna mRNA vaccines. Superficially glanced, this may appear to be a relatively large subject group of pregnant women…
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.