Why would you get boosted?

The media is pushing you to freak out about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, but the truth is the virus mutation is relatively harmless. There have been no more than a handful of deaths attributed to Omicron worldwide, and even those deaths are questionable. Leading British virologist Clive Dix said:

“We’re not seeing serious disease yet and we’re not seeing death. The picture looks like it’s now a milder virus – and that’s what you expect with viruses. They mutate to become more transmissible – they’re not looking to be deadly, because otherwise they don’t get transmitted,” Dix explained.

In fact, many experts in the field say that Omicron is displacing the much more dangerous Delta variant and will give people immunity to more deadly variants. What this means is that COVID-19 is mutating into a background pathogen — like the common cold and the flu — that will be around for decades to come. Yes, some people will die each year — just as they do from the cold and the flu — but the numbers will be manageable and, for most people, our immune systems will adjust and provide us protection from serious illness and death.

So when it comes to the vaccines, most of us must ask ourselves: why would we get vaccinated or get a booster? If you have natural immunity, meaning you have gotten the virus and are now healthy, it turns out that getting vaccinated may be harmful:

“If natural immunity is strongly protective, as the evidence to date suggests it is, then vaccinating people who have had covid-19 would seem to offer nothing or very little to benefit, logically leaving only harms—both the harms we already know about as well as those still unknown,” says Christine Stabell Benn, vaccinologist and professor in global health at the University of Southern Denmark. The CDC has acknowledged the small but serious risks of heart inflammation and blood clots after vaccination, especially in younger people. The real risk in vaccinating people who have had covid-19 “is of doing more harm than good,” she says.

A large study in the UK32 and another that surveyed people internationally33 found that people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection experienced greater rates of side effects after vaccination. Among 2000 people who completed an online survey after vaccination, those with a history of covid-19 were 56% more likely to experience a severe side effect that required hospital care.33

Patrick Whelan, of UCLA, says the “sky high” antibodies after vaccination in people who were previously infected may have contributed to these systemic side effects. “Most people who were previously ill with covid-19 have antibodies against the spike protein. If they are subsequently vaccinated, those antibodies and the products of the vaccine can form what are called immune complexes,” he explains, which may get deposited in places like the joints, meninges, and even kidneys, creating symptoms.

In this environment, in which the risk is almost exclusively from a virus that is relatively harmless, it makes no sense at all to go and get a booster shot. And indeed the scientific literature is pointing this out.

A new Dutch study titled “SARS-CoV-2 Omicron VOC Transmission in Danish Households” found that Omicron is a lot more infectious than Delta. But we also find this information:

“Comparing households infected with the Omicron to Delta VOC, we found an 1.17 times higher SAR [secondary attack rate] for un-vaccinated, 2.61 times higher for fully-vaccinated and 3.66 times higher for booster-vaccinated individuals, demonstrating strong evidence of immune evasiveness of the Omicron VOC.”

The higher infectiousness for injected people is increasingly clear; the data shows that Omicron appears to prefer the jabbed, based on hospitalization numbers and information from areas that track breakthrough cases. But this study shows a significantly higher infection rate for BOOSTED people, which suggests that the more jabs you get, the more likely you are to catch Omicron, and presumably, any future variant derived from Omicron.

This should be crystal clear: the study shows that if you get boosted you are MORE LIKELY to catch the latest mutation of COVID-19.

A new Canadian study titled “Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against Omicron or Delta infection” similarly found negative efficacy of the jabs against the Omicron variant, especially starting 90 days after the second shot.

The study also found protection from Omicron from the second shot dropped to essentially zero after 30 days. Regarding boosters, the study found that while protection increased immediately after receiving the third jab, its efficacy quickly fell to 37% after only seven days following the third shot.

No study has ever been done on the long-term health consequences of the boosters, for adults or for children. I want to repeat that. No study has ever been done on the long-term health consequences of the boosters.

So, why would you inject yourself –and especially your children — with a cocktail of who knows what when the available scientific evidence indicates you are more likely to be harmed than helped by the booster?

Meanwhile, public health officials continue to urge you to take the jabs, and they are already talking about the need for a second booster in a few months. Friends, let’s use some basic common sense. If the booster is so beneficial, why would another one be necessary? Are you really going to go get another booster every four months for the rest of your lives, when the dominant variant of the virus is less dangerous than the flu or common cold?

A last point: the Church’s guidance on vaccination says: ‘We know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population.” Immunization includes natural immunity, which multiple studies show is even more protective than vaccination. Vaccination early in the epidemic was appropriate for many people, especially the elderly or those with co-morbidities. At this point, virtually all Latter-day Saints will have caught COVID-19 or been vaccinated, which means they are immunized. Don’t get boosted, people!

Sen. Harry Reid dies. He was a supporter of the Church, a good family man and terrible politician

This Des News profile does a very good job summarizing the life of Sen. Harry Reid, who passed away today at 82.

To summarize: Sen. Reid was a good family man, a quiet but faithful supporter of the Church and an awful politician.

This is the man who never apologized about lying about Mitt Romney’s taxes and even bragged about it. But at the same time I would like to point out that Church officials were always appreciative of Sen. Reid’s work to promote the work of the Gospel behind the scenes:

Ralph Hardy Jr., a lawyer and past chairman of the church’s public affairs advisory committee in Washington, D.C., said in 2017 that Reid’s leadership roles in Congress and his commitment to the church made him a natural person to turn to. He called Reid’s efforts on Latter-day Saint issues extraordinary.

“In my personal experience, Sen. Reid has extended himself and been willing to help and roll up his sleeves and get us introduced to the right people and speak well for us,” said Hardy, who served as an area authority and stake president.

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