Someone saw fit to send an email accusing our office of several heinous activities. Started with a simple comment to our vaccine request email address: “This is promoted for children…..ridiculous.” Quotations are directly from the email I received for responding as follows, remainder is commentary for your knowledge and/or amusement.
My response? “I am willing to entertain discussion. Is there some data you are looking at that is driving your commentary? Are your feelings the same for adults? What proposal do you have for ending what has been a costly pandemic (and I mean the cost of lives, not financial. Money comes, money goes, but death is permanent based on my life experience)?” I know, perhaps a bit sarcastic, but would you expect any different from me at this point?
Here are accusations that followed and some answers should you share the same concerns:
“There has been an over abundance of fraud (insurance coding) and it’s disgraceful”
We assume this is a reference to a commonly held belief that everyone is using the system to profit off COVID-19. Insurance companies made record profits this year. This is possible only if they generate more in premiums than they spend on care. Since the premiums did not change in advance of the pandemic, this means that less was spent on care. Not surprising since there were no elective or non-urgent surgeries, people deferred basic maintenance care, and generally were not sick much of the year since they lived isolated. Insurance coding follows set rules. The insurance companies monitor and manage those that do not follow them (because it cuts into profits). Did some folks find a way to steal (commit fraud)? Sure. This is not new human behavior as discussed earlier regarding mask wearing. Did the whole medical industry? Please.
“The survival rate is 99% yet people are being convinced to take the vaccine for free french fries and hamburgers.”
The survival rate is well above 99%. At 99% survival rate, the person should be buying the vaccinator french fries and hamburgers for sparing them the 1 in 100 chance of dying from a disease. There are very few among us that would permit ourselves to be injected for a hamburger and fries. Those same folks are likely high risk from getting COVID-19, so again, a “thank you” is in order.
“A non-FDA approved vaccine that bypassed all animal trials and skipped to humans.”
A link to the results of animal trials. And yes, approved under emergency use authorization. Because human clinical trials deemed it safe and effective. After 1.7 billion served, that has not changed. Some of the trials of the technology predate COVID-19, and you get get some flavor for these here.
“I’m sorry but I find it borderline criminal to promote gene therapy for children.”
Already mentioned previously, but COVID vaccination is not gene therapy. But while we are at it, we do promote gene therapy in children when appropriate. Such as if you had Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis.
“It’s against the law for non-medical professionals to promote a vaccine without discussing the adverse effects (part of the Nuremberg Code).”
Adverse effects and questions are discussed. We also provide documentation from the manufacturer. Our staff works under our direction and does promote vaccination, including against COVID-19. But the reason for my anger may now be clear to many of you. This person decided to likens giving the vaccine to the medical experimentation that happened in WWII Death Camps. They happened to pick the anniversary of my grandfather’s death to send the email. Since he was one of two survivors of his entire family (including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins) from Aushwitz, this response is in his memory. My grandmother, who emerged from the same camp at age 18 years (after 2.5 years interned), was the sole survivor of her family. For more about what the Nuremberg Code is really about, click here. To read more about why it is inappropriate to refer to them regarding COVID-19 vaccine, read here. If you are ever in Washington DC, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the most sobering places you can ever visit. It will help you appreciate what my grandfather always told me, which is I live in the best country in the world for freedom. Not without its own warts, but still the best. And on this Memorial Day Weekend, I thank all those in that have participated in the defense of and given their lives to protect this nation and allow it to be that beacon of light.