In the past several weeks, local, state, and federal governments as well as business organizations and schools have clamped down on healthcare freedoms. With the threat of job loss, healthcare loss, school enrollment revocation, and even parental custody, many people have felt the pressure to submit to the unlawful mandates requiring vaccines.
This week, we have good news! There have been several victories recently.
Professors Seeking and Finding Their Healthcare Victories with Natural Immunity
This summer, a George Mason University was sued by Professor Todd Zywicki. The university has mandated vaccines for all students and staff. The law professor worked with immunologists and had several tests done to prove his natural immunity was just as robust and should be considered as a substitute to the vaccination.1 Zywicki’s case was based on not seeking an exemption for the vaccine, as he believes the vaccine is not necessary in his case, therefore does not need to be exempt.2
The professor said his lawsuit has “increased public awareness that vaccinating the naturally immune is medically unnecessary. I speak for tens of millions of Americans in the same circumstances I am in,” he said, “and I call on leaders across the country to develop humane and science-based approaches as opposed to one-size-fits-all policies.”2
In response, the George Mason University stated that it:
has not granted any exemptions based on claims of natural immunity, the university said: “Granting such an exemption would not be consistent with current medical science or public health guidance.”2
A press release from Zywicki’s representation indicated:
Strangely, despite solid scientific evidence, GMU continues to refuse to recognize that Covid-19 vaccination is medically unnecessary for ALL students, faculty, and staff with naturally acquired immunity demonstrated with antibody testing. At times GMU officials have appeared to deny that such a thing as naturally acquired immunity exists. This refusal is particularly odd, as the efficacy of the very vaccines GMU wishes to mandate are measured against levels of natural immunity acquired by those who have recovered from Covid-19. For this reason, NCLA continues to explore litigation against GMU. We also welcome hearing from others on public-university campuses in Virginia—particularly tenured faculty—who have naturally acquired immunity backed by antibody testing and whose schools are similarly disregarding the scientific facts surrounding naturally acquired immunity.3
Another Lawsuit Filed by University Faculty
Aaron Kheriaty, professor of psychiatry and human behavior and the director of the Medical Ethics Program at the University of California, Irvine, is also suing his employer.
“If my immunity is as good, indeed, very likely better, than that conferred by the vaccine, there doesn’t seem to be any rational basis for discriminating against my form of immunity and requiring me to get a different form of immunity.
“It became clear to me that if I, as a medical ethicist, didn’t stand up and try to represent those voices, then those folks would be steamrolled by these policies,” he said.4
According to the legal brief filed by Kheriaty and other faculty:
Studies have found that naturally immune individuals have significantly higher rates of adverse reactions when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, Raw et al. reported that among 974 individuals vaccinated for COVID-19, the vaccinated COVID-19 recovered patients had higher rates of vaccine reactions. Mathioudakis et al. found the same result in a study of 2,002 individuals vaccinated for COVID-19. Krammer et al. found the same result in a study of 231 volunteers vaccinated for COVID-19, concluding that, “Vaccine recipients with preexisting immunity experience systemic side effects with a significantly higher frequency than antibody naïve vaccines.”5
Nurses Stake Their Healthcare Victory
Nurses, other healthcare workers, and their allies have been banning together on social media platforms. At the core of their profession is holding regard for a patient’s dignity and the right to refuse medical procedures. Many feel violated as they are being denied this same right after giving years of service.
As of September 24, there will be no births at an upstate New York hospital for the foreseeable future as the hospital seeks to replace staff. Six nurses at Lewis County Health System of New York have already resigned from the labor and delivery department with seven more stating they are unwilling to get the vaccine.6
Since the August 23rd mandate went into effect, 30 employees have resigned from Lewis County Health System. Twenty of those affected clinical roles such as technicians, nurses, and therapists. Of the 464 employees, 165 are yet to be vaccinated.7
The Ohio Nurses Association conducted a survey August 5-12 following the University of Cincinnati Medical Center mandates. One hundred thirty-six of the responding 456 nurses did not support the mandate. With such a large number indicating they’d leave their job if the mandate took effect, an even larger burden is felt when taking into consideration the additional 187 nursing positions that are also currently posted.8
Comedian Doesn’t Find Healthcare Freedoms Funny
Long-time Saturday Night Live cast member, Jim Breuer, canceled shows at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, and the Royal Oak Theatre in Michigan. In a 22-minute video posted on social media, Breuer said:
“I know I’m going to sacrifice a lot of money, but I’m not going to be enslaved by the system, or by money, and nor should anyone who wants to laugh or be entertained.”9
England Celebrates Healthcare Freedoms Victory; France Still Fighting for Theirs
Sajid Javid, England’s Health Secretary, told BBC this weekend that they would not be moving forward with plans to implement the vaccine passports for large events and nightclubs. Just a week earlier, the passports were touted as the only way to keep these venues open and in operation. 10
This past weekend thousands turned out once again for protests in France against the vaccine passports already required to get into restaurants, museums, grocery stores, and many other public places. This marks the ninth straight weekend of protests.