Hello Fellow DeKalb County Republicans,

Labor Day is called the “unofficial end of summer” and marks the start of many of our favorite fall activities like apple picking and college football! Labor Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.  However, this Labor Day is unusual, in that workers are in high demand but are relatively scarce due to the effects of the pandemic. In many instances, it is the employers calling the shots making COVID vaccinations a condition of employment.

It comes as no surprise as tens of millions of Americans have dramatically changed their work routines and altered their livelihoods. COVID-19 vaccine mandates have become a hotly contested issue around the country both socially and in the workplace.  While in the same breath, many are screaming from the rooftops “My Body, My Choice”. In pure woke hypocrisy, there is no freedom of choice for the Covid-19 Vaccination. Rather it is just mob political science – not sound medical science – as these blanket mandates do not consider natural immunity and/or if someone has pre-existing medical conditions  preventing them from taking this vaccine. Should someone ignore that they have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinners? Or should get vaccinated even though they are immunocompromised or taking a medication that affects the immune system? What about myocarditis, pericarditis or simply you have ever fainted in association with an injection? What about if a woman is pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or is breastfeeding?  Should they ignore OpenVaers’ (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) reports of complications from the COVID Vaccination?

Perhaps vaccines can downgrade the infection in many instances but its’ effectiveness against the Delta variant went from 91% to 66% according to a new study published on August 24, 2021 by the CDC.  We have political scientists pushing booster shots ahead of the medical scientists, while requiring the vaccine in people who have natural immunity but ignoring clinical outcome data to back it.  A Cleveland Clinic study found that vaccinating people with natural immunity did not add to their level of protection.  Emory University drew the same conclusion as the discovered COVID-19 patients retain broad and effective longer-term immunity to the disease. The power of natural immunity was also recently affirmed in an Israeli study, which found a 6.7 times greater level of protection among those with natural immunity vs. those with vaccinated immunity.

Their findings have implications for expanding understanding about human immune memory as well as future vaccine development for coronaviruses. 

So instead of talking about the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, we should be talking about the immune and the non-immune. Immunity is something people can test for with a simple antibody test.  I would never recommend that anyone intentionally acquire the infection in order to get natural immunity. But when vaccination passports become more important than Voter ID, natural immunity like citizenship should be recognized.

Let me abundantly clear on this Labor Day—I am not Anti-Vax but rather I am Pro-Choice Vax.  I absolutely respect those that want to get a Covid vaccination as well as those that do not.  This is a medical decision that should be made between a patient and their doctor, not on a whim – as an incentive with promises of gift cards and photo-ops with celebrities.  As an employer, I find it unconscionable to mandate that an employee be vaccinated in order to work.

I am also against governments telling me “Your body, your choice but truly giving me no choice on my health care with the Covid-19 vaccines.  The notion that we have to vaccinate every living, breathing American in order to control the pandemic is based on a false assumption that the risk of dying from COVID-19 is equally distributed in the population. It’s not.  Rather, we are simply penalizing and discriminating against people who do not blindly fall into line with the general masses nor want to discuss their medical history with their co-workers, friends, and strangers.

In closing, even if 100% of the population got vaccinated tomorrow, inclusive of those that have natural immunity, there would still be cases of COVID-19, the Delta Variant or whatever variants may come next.  The goal of our pandemic response should be to reduce death, illness and disability, but instead we are seeing a movement that has morphed from being pro-vaccine to vaccine fanaticism at all costs.  It is instinctual to hide from danger.  We cannot live in fear because that is not living.  We need to move forward but with choices that are best for each of us – that is FREEDOM. 

With Best Regards,

Marci McCarthy

DeKalb GOP Chairman Chairman@DeKalbGOP.org

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