John Francis Foley, 21, died shortly receiving the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Was he a recently infected young man? Or was his death “unrelated” to COVID-19 or the J&J vaccine? For the media reports it sounds like he may have suffered a pulmonary embolus (?).

The following urgent e-mail was submitted to Drs. Janet Woodcock and Peter Marks at the United States Food and Drug Administration on April 16, 2021.

Here, I present FDA with the rationale for delaying vaccination of Americans who are naturally infected and immune to SARS-CoV-2 in light of the emerging and accumulating evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines pose a risk of blood clots in a minority subset of persons treated.

On this public record, I am urgently informing the leadership of FDA and CDC that excluding those with natural immunity to COVID-19 from indiscriminate vaccination will: 1) reduce the absolute…


In my opinion, it’s unlikely that the J&J COVID-19 vaccine is intrinsically defective. It is far more likely that its indiscriminate administration to persons recently or currently infected with SARS-COV-2 is the source of the problem.

Today, 4/13/2021, FDA is halting use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., because of six severe complications involving blood clots in young women.

Clearly, this halt is problematic for our vaccine effort in the United States and worldwide. However, because of the severe nature of these complications, it is critical for FDA and CDC to undertake a robust and transparent root cause analysis of the problem. Because it is very likely that these reported complications are the tip of a larger iceberg of hazard.

For those who have been following my public advocacy efforts, since January 2021, I’ve…


The University of Notre Dame president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, and his colleagues recently mandated COVID-19 vaccination in the University’s student body — despite knowing that a large proportion are already naturally infected and, thus, immune. This policy is a dangerous error in protecting a minority subset of unsuspecting students, faculty and staff.

Honorable Rev. Jenkins and colleagues,

I write this public letter to you today on behalf of the families whose children are entrusted to your care at Notre Dame — and in defense of a minority subset of these students who are almost certainly in harm’s way from your recent indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

I will start by stating, as a physician and immunologist, that an indiscriminate vaccination mandate including those persons who were recently or concurrently infected with SARS-CoV-2, poses a risk of totally avoidable harm to a minority subset of people. …


FDA and manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccines must be careful about the possibility of harm to the children recently infected with SARS-CoV-2 if indiscriminately vaccinated.

Today, 4/11/2021, I submitted the below email of concern to the FDA commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, and her colleague, Dr. Peter Marks.

This email was prompted by my full recognition of the critical importance and urgency of efficiently and safely vaccinating pediatric populations against COVID-19 in the near future.

However, I am extremely concerned that indiscriminate deployment of these powerfully effective COVID-19 vaccines in children, who are either asymptomatically infected or were recently infected, might trigger a hazardous systemic inflammatory response.

In my opinion, this potential danger to our children MUST be fully mitigated by FDA, CDC and every practicing…


My critics wonder why I would vaccinate my kids against COVID-19 ASAP. Here’s why!

Given my stance on COVID-19 vaccine safety, and my concerns regarding indiscriminate vaccination of the recently infected and naturally immune, one question keeps being directed at me: “Will you vaccinate your children against COVID-19?”

My answer is a definitive, “YES!”.

I will vaccinate my children using the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, when FDA approves these for their age groups — and especially those of them who were not naturally infected and are, thus, not naturally immune.

In other words, I will use the same #ScreenB4Vaccine strategy I’ve been discussing publicly to maximize the safety of my children. …


TABLE 14 of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine data, presented to the FDA on February 26, 2021, definitively demonstrate that naturally immune persons are at least equally, if not better, protected from COVID-19 infection, than those vaccinated.

Here, I write to urgently reiterate my warning to the American public and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about a potential hazard from indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccination in those persons who are recently infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But at the outset of this article, let me me be clear:

Every American who is NOT immune to COVID-19 at present should consider quickly and safely undergoing vaccination to protect themselves and their community from natural infection. Additionally, no reader of this article should assume that I am even remotely suggesting that the United States rely only on natural infection as…


#ScreenB4Vaccine will be critically important when COVID-19 vaccines are offered to our children. Because indiscriminate vaccination of the recently infected or naturally immune in this pandemic is highly likely to be an error in clinical and ethical judgement.

We all know it’s coming.

And it’s coming whether or not we agree with it from a moral or scientific perspective.

They will soon be mandating children to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s already happening on some college campuses.

Recently, I wrote a letter of warning to the leadership of Rutgers University in New jersey about their irrational and unsafe mandate that all students be indiscriminately vaccinated against COVID-19. You can read it HERE.

I personally don’t think it is a terrible idea to vaccinate children against COVID-19 - IF it’s done rationally, safely and after confirming the vaccine’s efficacy…


I can help you assess and interpret your immunity status to COVID-19. Contact me, if you need help to do so.

Are you curious to know if you’ve been previously infected with COVID-19?

Have you heard about my proposal to #ScreenB4Vaccine for safety — and want to do so in case my safety prognostication is true?

Have you had a first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and experienced an adverse reaction —and are wondering if it’s because you may have had a prior infection?

I can help you obtain your blood antibody titers against SARS-CoV-2— and I can help interpret your results for you.

Remember, just because FDA, CDC and the COVID-19 manufacturers are not acting to stop indiscriminate, unnecessary or…


Are you a pregnant woman and worried about catching COVID-19 disease during this pandemic?

Your worry is legitimate — the risk is NOT low. And the virus can harm you.

Are you considering getting the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your baby from the infection?

You should consider it carefully, and you should act to make sure you get this vaccine, as safely and as quickly as possible.

But how can you make sure you are maximally safe and protected from any adverse effect from this new vaccine?

That is a nuanced question, but one that has a reasonable…

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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