Reasonable Doubt: The Question of Vaccine Efficacy and Safety

Image:  Mahatma Gandhi on Vaccines
Reasonable Doubt: The Question of Vaccine Efficacy and Safety

My research into the claim that vaccines are safe and effective has left me with reasons to question that claim.  In this essay, I will offer the evidence that supports my reasonable doubt.

Reasons to Doubt:  “Unavoidably Unsafe”

In the 2010 court case, Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, the Supreme Court guaranteed that vaccine manufacturers, despite the fact that their product is deemed “unavoidably unsafe,” will remain protected from legal action against them.  Instead of suing a vaccine maker, those injured by vaccines can seek compensation from an obscure arm of government known as the Vaccine Court or the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) after reports to an equally obscure agency called Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS),  about 30,000 cases of adverse reactions to vaccines have been reported annually to VAERS since 1990, with 10-15% classified as serious, that is, associated with permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death.  Also, between 1989 and July 1, 2014, 3,645 compensation awards have been made by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), amounting to over $2.7 billion in awards.  Only 1–10% of vaccine-associated injury and death is reported to the VAERS.

Parents with healthy, thriving children who changed into difficult, withdrawn, unhealthy children after a vaccine have begun to speak up and question the heretofore claimed safety and efficacy of those inoculations.  And now with the rushed manufacture of the newest vaccine for COVID-19, the question of vaccine efficacy and safety has taken the spotlight, and more citizens than ever before are faced with the vaccine question.

  The following summarizes the main reasons for my current position on vaccines:

  1. Controversy has always swirled around the issue of vaccines from the beginning.
  2. Vaccines have never been tested in any meaningful way, that is, against a placebo; thus, there is no evidence for the claim that they are safe and effective.
  3. Manufacturers of vaccines cannot be sued when their product causes an injury or death.  Therefore, they have no incentive to improve or maintain the purity and safety of their product.
  4. Vaccine ingredients:  particularly  aluminum and mercury have been proven to damage human health.
  5. Rates of autism have increased as the number of vaccines required for children have increased.   Not only autism but a host of other illness have made American children the sickest in the world, suffering SIDA, ADD, ADHD, asthma. 
  6. Check out the case of Hannah Poling.
  7. Dr. Frank DeStefano, former CDC Director of Immunization Safety, has admitted  that” vaccines might rarely trigger autism.”  “I guess, that, that is a possibility. It’s hard to predict who those children might be, but certainly, individual cases can be studied to look at those possibilities.”

Further Sources for Reasonable Doubt

In addition to the sources cited already, the following is a list of links to scientists, physicians/nurses, and activists whose analyses have influenced my stance on this issue.

The following resources relate specifically to COVID:

  1. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya:  False Reporting on Covid
  2. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “The Problem With the COVID Vaccine”
  3. 57 Top Scientists and Doctors: Stop All Covid Vaccinations
  4. Dr. Bryan Ardis: Dangers of Covid-19 Vaccine Report
  5. Growing List of Physicians on Safety of Covid-19 Vaccines

The following resources speak to the issue of vaccines in general:

  1. Robert Kennedy Jr. Destroys Big Pharma, Fauci & Pro-Vaccine Movement
  2. Dr. Russell BlaylockDr Russell Blaylock Vaccines and Immunoexcitotoxicity
  3. Dr. Suzanne HumphriesVaccines-Honesty vs Policy – Part I , Part II , Part IIIPart IV, Part VPart VI
  4. Dr. Meryl Nass
  5. Dr. Nancy Banks
  6. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
  7. Dr. Lee Merritt
  8. NVICNational Vaccine Information Center
  9. Truth Will Prevail:  1200 Studies That Refute Vaccine Claims
  10. Doctors Against Vaccines
  11. More Doctors Against Vaccines
  12. Nurses Against Vaccines
  13. Scientists Against Vaccines
  14. The Truth About Vaccines

A Nagging Curiosity

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Alan Dershowitz participated in a debate, in which Kennedy presented a considerable set of facts about the issue, and Dershowitz showed how shallow his own knowledge of the issue is.  Dershowitz’ major point was focused on a legal issue: if vaccines are safe and effective, then the Supreme Court would likely side with the branches of government in requiring all citizens to be vaccinated.  But the law professor had nothing to offer to address the questionable claim that vaccines are safe and effective.  Kennedy easily won that debate, and he added,

I want to thank Alan for participating in this debate. I’ve actually been trying to do a debate on this issue for 15 years. I’ve asked Peter Hotez, I’ve asked Paul Offit, and Ian Lipkin. I’ve asked all of the major leaders who are promoting vaccines to debate me and none of them have.  And I think it’s really important for our democracy to be able to have spirited, civil discussions about important issues like this.

If pro-vaxxers, such as Drs. Paul Offit, Peter Hotez, and Ian Lipkin remain so confident about their pro-vaccine stance, they would gladly debate Kennedy in order to school him with their wisdom.  That they continue to refuse suggests a cowardice that discredits their claims.

Anti-Vaxx with a Caveat

After studying the issue in depth, I would never take a vaccine, regardless of the strictures imposed by government and/or social stigma.  In my opinion, the dangers are too great, and many adverse effects remain unknown. 

However, I believe that all citizens have the absolute right to decide for themselves and their children whether to undergo vaccination.  I hold no animosity for those whose opinions differ from mine—on this or any other issue.


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