If you dare, visualize a scene derived from the opening paragraph of this CNN article that typifies the vaccine fetishism endemic to certain classes of people (we need a word for it, maybe vaccinophilia?).
(CNN)When 8-year-old Nate Wittenborn saw a photo of Pfizer’s pediatric Covid-19 vaccine, he jumped up and down.
“I showed him the picture, and he read the box, and I think his eyes went straight to the 5- to 11-year-old (label),” his mom Brandy Wittenborn said.
“He said, ‘Wait — wait, that’s for us?’ We said ‘yes, it is.’ And he’s like, ‘You mean, we’re going to get the shot soon?’ I said ‘yes, you will.’ So he’s very excited.”
Please tell me I didn’t mentally watch this.
Vaccinophilia is hereditary but learned, a horrible synergy of blind conformity and genetic suggestibility.
Reading on, we get to the nitty-gritty of this scene. We learn why the 8-year-old is really happy. I doubt it’s the vaccine, per se, but largely due to the societal “training wheels” whereby children are groomed to become dutiful robots happy to submit to the inhumanities of the consumerist commercial class.
For Nate and his 11-year-old brother, the vaccine means sleepovers and a long-delayed vacation to Disneyland.
Disneyland, the sappiest wallet-depleting place on Earth.
Brandy Wittenborn’s logic gymnastics as rationale to vaccinate her children leave me dizzy.
“I work at a pediatric dental office. I have a lot of kids that have underlying medical conditions. A lot of special needs patients that can’t wear a mask. My husband, being a nephrologist, has patients with kidney disease, patients that require dialysis. And these patients that he sees are not healthy, have several underlying conditions,” Wittenborn said.
“So we’ve had to live with almost two years of: ‘What if one of the kids brings Covid home from school, passes it along to my husband and I, even though he and I’ve been vaccinated for a while, if we do have a mild breakthrough case that we don’t realize we’re sick with, and he takes it into the dialysis center, into the hospital, or into the ICU?”
“So for us, the benefit of getting those boys vaccinated kind of cuts down on the risk of us carrying that infection to somebody that would have more severe disease than one of us would.”
These are the “medical professionals” we place our trust in.
I believe there has not been definitive proof that COVID’s mRNA vaccines prevent transmission; in fact, a preponderance of evidence suggests that people who are vaccinated are capable of carrying and transmitting the COVID virus. Given this relevant suspicion, the entire dialog around childhood vaccinations is misguided. The mother talks in circles. She alludes to having to “live with almost two years of” a generalized 2020 scenario (What if one of the kids brings Covid home from school, passes it along to my husband and I, even though he and I’ve been vaccinated for a while, if we do have a mild breakthrough case that we don’t realize we’re sick with, and he takes it into the dialysis center, into the hospital, or into the ICU?) that is not necessarily warded off by a putative 2021 leaky vaccine. The passive presumption that children are prevented from spreading COVID if vaccinated is just as dangerous to all the high-risk folks she bases her vaccinophilia upon given the present state of epidemiological knowledge regarding the vaccines’ effects. In other words, if you’re playing it safe by vaccinating your children, perhaps you’re playing it safer by not.
Jodie Srutek’s 10-year-old daughter hasn’t been inside a classroom in 1 1/2 years.
She’s a cancer survivor who’s at high risk for severe Covid-19 if she gets infected, Srutek said.
Even though the girl’s kidney cancer is in remission, “she still has residual health effects from her treatment,” Srutek said.
This is a rare case in which I can’t argue against childhood COVID vaccination. If the child’s vulnerability is equal to that of a 70-year-old, of course the benefit/risk algorithm justifies vaccination.
Srutek then lapses into the smug delusion that fuels the mania of vaccinophiles.
While some parents have expressed concern about possible long-term side effects after vaccination, “we’re definitely more concerned about long-term effects of Covid,” Srutek said.
“I don’t know of any vaccines that have long-term effects for most folks — it’s usually pretty quick if there’s an adverse reaction,” Srutek said, echoing what doctors have said about the unlikelihood of long-term vaccine side effects.
The vaccines which we can safely surmise the long-term effects are not mRNA vaccines. Mumps, measles, chicken pox, polio, diphtheria are diseases we have controlled with traditional vaccine technology that’s existed for decades. mRNA vaccines which hack our genetic system to produce the replica of a viral puzzle piece don’t enjoy such confidence of experience. Srutek is conflating the lengthy history of attenuated and inactivated vaccine technology with the brief history of mRNA vaccines.
We have no reason to believe mRNA vaccines’ long-term effects are harmful to prepubescent children, but we have no reason to believe there are no long-term effects, either.
“I’ll be able to go to the park even if there are a lot of other people there. And I’ll be able to go to Disney World and Universal again.”
Disney and Universal concur!
CNN continues cherry picking the brightest, most sensible of scientists, aka, mothers (all of the above).
Alicia Zhou didn’t just read reports about Covid-19 vaccines. She insisted on reviewing all the primary data before vaccinating her 6-year-old son, Davi.
“I didn’t just take anybody’s word for it,” said Zhou, the chief science officer at Color, a company specializing in public health infrastructure.
“I looked at the clinical trial evidence and I evaluated it. And honestly, it’s some of the most impressive data … that I’ve seen when it comes to vaccination,” the molecular biologist said.
“I could see how if you’re just reading it from a press release, or you’re just reading from a news article, you might feel like it’s exaggerated or might be a rosy version of the truth. But having gone to the primary data myself, it’s very, very compelling.”
So as a scientist and as a mother, “it feels like a no-brainer to have my child be vaccinated.”
Well that is some serious cred. A tiger mom who did her research. Who can argue the fine points of vaccinophilia with this one?
Despite her learned ways, she can’t resist vomiting up self-serving metaphors to justify a vaccine technology that remains questionable for most open minds.
While the odds of severe Covid-19 among kids may seem low, Zhou said she doesn’t want to take the chance.
“If I give you a bag of 1,000 M&Ms, and said only one of them will kill you, would you let your kid eat one?”
So Zhou’s bar is death, which is a pretty adverse outcome, but speaking as a parent whose son was once 5 years old, there can be other side effects nearly as heinous as death. One glimpse at a simple screenshot of VAERS data of adverse symptoms is revealing.
Are children constitutionally able to weather a genetic-level medical onslaught better than adults who are most likely under-reported in this VAERS image?
I sure hope so because that M&Ms Roulette suddenly doesn’t seem so fun.