Thursday, September 09, 2021

Want to see a hero?

… Ethics professor threatened with dismissal for refusing vaccine.

This is the most succinct and precise argument regarding this that I have seen.
Her students should be demonstrating on her behalf. She is obviously a great teacher.
Exactly what gives some hack politician the right to order anyone to take any sort of injection?
I am also not taking any mRNA vaccine. My immune system has been bery, bery good (just channeling Bill Dana) to me. I’m not about to mess with it. We’re well into the second year of this. I was recently tested. I do not have nor have I had Covid. There are fewer forms of life on this planet lower than many of those occupying key political positions these  days  (I give you current occupant of the oval office; if he’s not senile, no one is).

Here is the email address for Dr. Barry Craig, president of Huron at Western: I just emailed him. 

Se also: 
How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science


  1. By not getting vaccinated, she is a menace. If she can work from home, that would be different. But if it were my school or business, I would not want her in the building. If any of my loved ones were going to school there, I would not want them around her. Vaccination is her choice. Keeping a menace in the building is the school's.

  2. Sorry, Frank.
    You know who is in the hospital now? People with covid. People who thought they were not going to get it because they are smarter than a virus. People who changed their minds about trusting doctors once they got really sick.
    I hope I dont have to come down to Philly and visit everyone but you. Please get off your soapbox and get vaccinated. For me.

  3. Please, people. If a vaccinated person can contract as pass on the delta variant (as the CDC confirms) and vaccination only keeps you from getting sicker than you might otherwise have done, then the only person this woman is "menacing" is (potentially) herself. No one should be forced to use the vaccine, and creating a second-class category of citizen is corrosive to society.

  4. Not so, Graychin. The woman is far less likely to contract the virus. If she contracts the virus, she will be contagious for a shorter period of time. Anyone who does not get vaccinated and then goes out in public, is being menacing.

    That said, there are slews of misinformation that anti-vaxxers regurgitate. Today, we have the case of vaccine hesitancy in Allison Williams, how misinformation hurts. ESPN College Football Reporter Allison Williams Pulled Off Air After Refusing COVID Vaccine.

    That headline is not exactly true. ESPN laid out rules for when vaccinations would be required and by which employees, and Williams decided to resign. Here is her message on Twitter:

    "While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother. Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child. This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it's not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic, however taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love."

    But, here is a great summary of what we know:

    Summary of major recommendations
    • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines impair fertility in men or women, impact the menstrual cycle, or cause adverse pregnancy outcomes.
    • Rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes in patients participating in the v-safe vaccine registry are similar to rates of these outcomes before the pandemic.
    • COVID-19 disease is associated with a significant increase in risk of pregnancy loss, preterm birth, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
    • Guidelines issued by public health agencies and professional societies unanimously support vaccination of women who are trying to become pregnant.

    She is not listening, just in case there might be something to the false narratives. That's the only reason for her to be hesitant. Vaccines have nothing to do with fertility.

    This is a case of misinformation making someone so vaccine hesitant, that she would leave her job not to get vaccinated -- even when she understands why she needs the vaccination because of the work she does. The menace in this case, by the way, is the person who made the viral lie up in the first place, and then all the memees who parrot it out. Williams will probably take extra precautions not to contract the virus, which would indeed be a threat to her term.

    Further to add, that her Tweet is being flamed by people insistent that she is making the right decision, and that ESPN is out of line, that she should sue and so forth. Yikes! Who are the memees or trolls? It makes it so difficult to get the truth out. She should not be leaving her job for her stated reasons. The vaccine is just plain safe. No one has died because of the vaccine. No one has lost a pregnancy or did not get pregnant because of the vaccine. There are no pregnancy complications that come from the vaccine.

    The truth is, and she knows, that she cannot do her job unvaccinated, that it is too dangerous. ESPN is not to blame, the virus is.