D.C. Council Postpones COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Schoolchildren

Parents – not legislators – should be in charge of decisions regarding their children’s health.

Much has changed since the time the current vaccine mandate for students age 12 and older was enacted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 85% of children already have superior, natural immunity and there is widespread acknowledgment that, in the majority of healthy children, SARS-CoV-2 infections are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and rarely cause serious complications or death.

The COVID-19 mRNA shots offer little in the way of protection. The shots do not provide any clinically significant health benefits. It is now well known and accepted that they do nothing to stop transmission of the virus. In fact, Janine Small, a senior Pfizer executive, recently admitted while testifying in front of the European Parliament that Pfizer never tested its COVID-19 shot to determine if it stopped transmission.

Further, since the time the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were approved for distribution as Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) products in December 2020, there have been over 1.4 million mRNA COVID-19 vaccine-related adverse event reports filed with the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and more than 59,000 of these reports involve children between the ages of six months and 17 years. These vaccines were rushed to market before the short and long-term effects were known. Children are experiencing a wide range of adverse events including inflammation of the heart and other complications that can affect immune and brain function. Children are dying after receiving these shots!

Several other countries are limiting or suspending the use of mRNA shots in children and adolescents. Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom and Australia have changed their policies and many no longer recommend the COVID-19 injection for younger age groups without comorbidities. 

Academic performance in children across the country has seen a steep decline due to lockdowns and other COVID-19 measures. I’m sure you are aware of the low uptake of these shots, especially in certain wards. It is likely that Black students will be disproportionately affected if the mandate is enforced prohibiting them from attending school. Do you really wish to cause further detriment to the academic careers of these children?

Pharmaceutical products are unnecessary for an illness that healthy children can easily recover from, especially when those products cannot meet standard efficacy thresholds and are linked to serious injuries including death. 

I strongly urge you to keep COVID-19 shots off of the list of immunizations required to attend school. Our children deserve better.

Reporting by Children’s Health Defense.