Mandatory vaccination policies have come into force so rapidly and in so many provinces, that it has been near-impossible for Canadians to object in any meaningful way. Nevertheless, opposition to vaccine passports is growing, as mounting evidence indicates that the new mRNA shots do not stop the transmission of Covid, and risk causing significant harm to Canadians who receive these jabs.
One of the health professionals speaking out against mandatory vaccination policies is Dr. Eric Payne, a pediatric neurologist and researcher specializing in epilepsy and neurocritical care at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. He holds a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University, and spent six years on staff at the Mayo Clinic, where he developed expertise in neuroinflammation.
Like other health care professionals who refuse the novel mRNA therapy, Dr. Payne is very much pro-vaccine. He, his wife, and their three young children are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots.
Writing to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta on September 15, Dr. Payne notes that forcing or pressuring people to accept the experimental mRNA vaccine violates the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation: "the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential."
Dr. Payne states "It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections. ... However, by forcing compliance based on the current data, you would be stepping on the bedrock principles of medical ethics – especially patient autonomy. The willingness to trample individual legal and moral rights in the name of perceived communal benefits, is not justified by the current medical science and will cause predictable and unpredictable harms."
Dr. Payne's 14-page letter outlines up-to-date medical and scientific evidence on the new mRNA jabs, completely supported with specific references and sources that readers can view for themselves.
For many people, mRNA vaccines reportedly provide protection against serious illness and death. However, the mRNA vaccines do not prevent Covid transmission or Covid disease symptoms. Those who have been fully vaccinated generate similar or higher viral loads than the unvaccinated when challenged with the Delta variant. Further, the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines has decreased significantly, as evidence shows their protection is only short-term. Vaccinated individuals are comprising an ever-increasing proportion of symptomatic (sick) patients.
On July 23, 2021, Israel's Health Ministry indicated that a complete course of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine was just 39 percent effective at preventing infections and only 41 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness with the Delta variant. By August 16, 2021, and despite having 78 percent of those 12 and older fully vaccinated, 59 percent of gravely ill patients in Israel were fully vaccinated.
Natural immunity from Covid is more durable and robust than the partial immunity achieved from the current mRNA vaccines. After about six months of progressively decreasing mRNA vaccine effectiveness, some governments are already mandating boosters with seemingly no end in sight. A very recent large observational Israeli study compared Covid natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity during a period when Delta was dominant: "After adjusting for comorbidities, we found a 27.02-fold risk (95 percent CI: 12.7-57.5) for symptomatic breakthrough infection as opposed to symptomatic re-infection (p<.001).
Dr. Payne wonders why we are using coercion to force individuals to take mRNA vaccines even if they have already had a prior Covid infection, arguing "Perhaps at minimum, we could assess for evidence of persistent immunity BEFORE we force EVERYONE to take the shot, especially among young healthy populations. At present, we have only 6-month longitudinal adult data to inform risks beyond the acute injection period."
Regarding current government claims that mRNA vaccines are both "safe and effective," it was not long ago that politicians and chief medical officers assured us that all three shots, including Astra Zeneca, were safe. But Astra Zeneca was recalled a few months later. Not long ago, the "safe" mRNA vaccines were not associated with myocarditis/pericarditis in male adolescents.
And we were told that the lipid nanoparticles would stay at the injection site, which no longer appears to be the case. As a neurologist, Dr. Payne wonders if the "s" proteins are circulating in our cerebral spinal fluid, given that the ACE2 receptors are also present in brain and could gain them access, with the potential risk of early neurodegenerative diseases.
The Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS) is designed to help identify adverse events signals (i.e., Covid vaccine and myocarditis) to watch for unusually high numbers of reports of an adverse event after a particular vaccine, or a new pattern of adverse events. Of interest are the 12,791 deaths related to Covid vaccines reported on VAERS over the period of eight months, compared to 8,966 deaths related to all other vaccines reported on VAERS since the inception of VAERS – a period of 31 years.
VAERS, per the US Department of Health and Human Services that operates and maintains the database, "accepts reports of adverse events and reactions that occur following vaccination. Healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public can submit reports to the system. While very important in monitoring vaccine safety, VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness. The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. In large part, reports to VAERS are voluntary, which means they are subject to biases. This creates specific limitations on how the data can be used scientifically. Data from VAERS reports should always be interpreted with these limitations in mind."
Dr. Payne argues that "we now know that the real-world effectiveness of these mRNA vaccines is mediocre at best and continuing to diminish. And we have zero long-term data." VAERS reports fewer than 1 percent of vaccine adverse events, so the actual number of Covid vaccine deaths is likely higher than 12,791.
As a pediatrician, Dr. Payne reviews the data which has shown consistently, since early 2020, that children are their own best defense against Covid, are poor transmitters of the disease, and have exceedingly low risk of death and severe disease from the virus.
He concludes by issuing a challenge that should be heeded not only by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, but by every Canadian: judge the data for yourself.
Lawyer John Carpay is President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is commencing Charter challenges to vaccine passports, and which represents medical doctors facing discipline from their Colleges for questioning the government-media narrative.
This article has been updated to reflect that the VAERS database, operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is a voluntary reporting system.
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