Thanks to loyal AofA reader, contributor and donor (xox) Josh Mazer for sharing his most recent opinion letter from Maryland's Capital Gazette.
By Capital Gazette letters
Capital Gazette |
Apr 09, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Letters: Doubts about the vaccine shouldn’t be disparaged
Iris Krasnow’s disparaging, vaccine-hesitant column about frontline health care at Anne Arundel Medical Center will not help increase vaccine uptake (The Capital, April 4). Addressing their concerns might. Ironically, the “first, do no harm’ standard Krasnow demands shows the refusers may be on firm scientific and medical grounds.
Reported links to blood clotting disorders have caused numerous European nations, Canada and Australia, to suspend or restrict the use of the AstraZeneca shot. A Journal of the American Medical Association research letter on March 8 found allergic reactions occurred in 2.10% of 64,900 employees who got the vaccine at Mass General Bingham hospital, and “severe reactions consistent with anaphylaxis occurred at a rate of 2.47 per 10,000 vaccinations.”
Some school districts across the country have temporarily closed due to mass absenteeism after school personnel was vaccinated.
Dr. Gregory Michael died from acute immune thrombocytopenia 16 days after receiving a vaccine. Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, an expert on blood disorders at Johns Hopkins University, said, “I think it is a medical certainty that the vaccine was related” but also called it likely a very rare occurrence.
In Maryland, the federal Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System shows 28 deaths reported after COVID shots. Correlation does not prove causation, yet the data is concerning nonetheless.
FDA clinical studies show vaccinated people still acquire and may spread the virus. Hundreds of “breakthrough” cases are now reported in vaccinated people across the nation, something that can happen with any vaccines used on a mass scale.
I personally am grateful for the COVID vaccination. I support everyone’s choice. Divisive rhetoric targeting health care workers is counterproductive. These people are risking their lives for us. Listening with an open mind to their concerns will bring us together as a community, and help make us all safer.