COVID Vaccine Mandate in Kitsap County Resources

COVID Vaccine Mandate in Kitsap County Resources

The information below is provided as a resource for those who wish to learn more about validity of vaccine mandates which are being proposed by the Kitsap Public Health Board and some of the arguments against them. Many of these points apply to other counties or states. The authors have done their best to only cite verifiable data and credible sources.


The question before the Kitsap Public Health Board should be determining whether the burden of proof for the following questions has been met:
1. Does an overwhelming clear and present danger exist that necessitates imposing the burden of mandatory vaccines?
2. IF an overwhelming danger is proved, is mandatory vaccination the best and least-cost alternative?

Main argument: There is no evidence of clear and present danger to Kitsap County residents which justifies a COVID vaccine mandate. The number of cases in Kitsap County are already dropping without a vaccine mandate. The health board has the burden of proof to justify such an extreme measure as a vaccine mandate before taking action. In a free society the burden of proof falls, not on opponents of mandatory vaccination, but on those who assert that the external danger is serious enough to justify curtailing the freedom of others by making vaccination mandatory and that mandatory vaccination is the least-cost alternative to address proven danger.

Key points:

1) There is no proof of clear and present danger to residents of Kitsap County without a vaccination mandate (i.e. that a vaccine mandate will eliminate or significantly reduce the danger of COVID without causing other problems which are just as bad).

2) There is no evidence that a vaccinated person presents less danger of spreading COVID in public than an unvaccinated person.

3) There is no evidence that mandatory vaccination is the least-cost alternative.

4) It is not the proper role of government to dictate measures which create second-class citizens who are denied access to jobs, services, and public spaces.

Supporting talking points are below organized into these categories with supporting documentation (when applicable).

1) There is no proof of clear and present danger to residents of Kitsap County without a vaccination mandate (i.e. that a vaccine mandate will eliminate or significantly reduce the danger spread of COVID without causing other problems which are just as bad).

• The number of COVID cases in Kitsap County are already dropping without a vaccine mandate.
https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/EpiData/EpiDataCOVID19OverView.php

• Kitsap County hospital capacity is not overtaxed.
https://datacentral.kitsapsun.com/covid-19-hospital-capacity
Note that ideal hospital capacity is closely tied to profitability and varies by time of day and the rhythm of the individual hospital. St. Michael’s occupancy rate is in the normal range.
https://hospitalmedicaldirector.com/what-is-the-ideal-hospital-occupancy-rate

2) There is no evidence that a vaccinated person presents less danger of spreading COVID in public than an unvaccinated person. The decision to get or not get the COVID vaccine should be left up to individuals and their health care providers.

• The CDC and many health officials report that being fully vaccinated does not prevent you from being infected with COVID or spreading COVID to others.
>“If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.“
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
>“Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others.”
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html
>”As of September 27, 2021, more than 183 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the same time, CDC received reports from 50 U.S. states and territories of 22,115 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.”
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/health-departments/breakthrough-cases.html
>Recent CDC data (July 30, 2021) found that 74% of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in a Massachusetts analysis of breakthrough infections associated with large public gatherings had been fully vaccinated.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7031e2.htm?s_cid=mm7031e2_w
>CDC Walks Back Claim That Vaccinated People ‘Can’t Carry the Virus’
https://www.businessinsider.com/cdc-vaccination-comments-director-rochelle-walensky-2021-4
>Illinois health officials recently announced (July 28, 2021) more than 160 fully-vaccinated people have died of Covid-19, and at least 644 been hospitalized; ten deaths and 51 hospitalizations counted in the prior week.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/169-dead-644-hospitalized-in-illinois-breakthrough-covid-cases/2569598

• People (vaccinated or unvaccinated) without COVID symptoms do not spread the COVID virus. (Asymptomatic spread is a myth.)
>A research paper published on November 20, 2020 (before vaccines were available), highlighted a case study of almost 10 million people in China. What the study found was there were 300 cases of Coronavirus in the population being carried without any symptoms at all. The scientists then tracked the asymptomatic carriers. The contact tracing of 1,174 “close contacts” with the asymptomatic carriers showed ZERO transmission. Not a few, not a couple, but zero—none—not a single transmission of Coronavirus from a person without symptoms. There was not one documented case. Forget rare. Forget even Fauci’s previous suggestion that asymptomatic transmission exists but not does drive the spread. Replace all that with never. At least not in this study for 10,000,000.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19802-w

• Vaccine mandates do not take into account immunity provided by anti-bodies which provides up to 27 times more protection against COVID than vaccines. If someone has had COVID already, they receive no benefits from being vaccinated.
>”A newly published medical study found that infection from COVID-19 confers considerably longer-lasting and stronger protection against the Delta variant of the virus than vaccines.”
https://fee.org/articles/harvard-epidemiologist-says-the-case-for-covid-vaccine-passports-was-just-demolished
>”15 studies that indicate natural immunity from prior infection is more robust than the COVID vaccines.” “It’s time to set the record straight once and for all that natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2 is broader, more durable, and longer-lasting than any of the shots on the market today.”
https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-15-studies-that-indicate-natural-immunity-from-prior-infection-is-more-robust-than-the-covid-vaccines
>A large study in Israel shows “natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccine-induced immunity.”
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1.full.pdf
>”A study of 52,238 employees of the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Ohio showed that, for previously-infected people, the cumulative incidence of re-infection ‘remained almost zero.’ ‘Not one of the 1,359 previously infected subjects who remained unvaccinated had a [Covid-19] infection over the duration of the study’ and vaccination did not reduce the risk. Individuals who have had [Covid-19] infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination,’ concludes the study scientists.“ https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.06.01.21258176v3
>This CDC-funded study finds the U.S. population reached a combined 83% natural infection and vaccine-induced immunity in May, 2021. That would mean the percentage is substantially higher today and beyond what many scientists said was necessary to achieve “herd immunity.” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2784013

• COVID vaccinations are not needed for children and have the lowest risk for serious COVID symptoms.
>Since March 2020, zero (0) people under the age of 30 have died from COVID in Kitsap County and hospitalizations for minors are rare.
https://kitsappublichealth.org/communityHealth/EpiData/EpiDataCOVID19HospDeath.php

• Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated statistics are misleading because individuals are not considered vaccinated until 14 days after their final dose. Adverse reactions, hospitalizations, and deaths that occur in the window between the first dose and 14 days after the final dose are inappropriately attributed to the unvaccinated.

• Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated statistics are also misleading because they only look at one factor in a multi-factor equation. Recent studies show that people who are vaccinated are more worried about getting COVID and take more precautions to prevent COVID. This indicates that getting the vaccine is a more a symptom of someone who is being more careful to not get COVID versus the primary cause of lower infection rates.

• The COVID vaccine only provides protection for a limited time (~6 months). A one-time vaccine mandate will not be the end of things and will lead to more and more government interference with an individual’s right to make their own health care decisions.
https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/how-long-will-coronavirus-vaccine-last

3) There is no evidence that mandatory vaccination is the least-cost alternative. COVID vaccine adverse reactions are real and individuals should be allowed to decide if the benefit outweighs the risk (however small) of getting the vaccine for them personally. Currently this is true for all the other health care decisions—from surgery and cancer treatment to what they eat and how they exercise. Our laws even protect the right of a person to reject life-saving treatment from health care professionals.

• ”Serious adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination are rare but may occur.” “More than 390 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through September 27, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 8,164 reports of death (0.0021%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.”
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

• The Lazarus report from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care inc. in 2009 revealed that in general only 1% of adverse events from vaccines is being reported in the CDC’s VAERS because VAERS is a passive report system that relies on people to send in the reports, people are unaware of it, and it is time consuming to fill out a report. Knowingly filing a false VAERS report is a violation of Federal law (18 U.S. Code § 1001) and punishable by fine and imprisonment.
https://digital.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/r18hs017045-lazarus-final-report-2011.pdf

• Whistleblower and anecdotal evidence indicate that adverse reactions are significantly underreported.
> A CDC health fraud detection expert, who signed a sworn affidavit, says the actual number of deaths is at least five times higher than what is being reported by the CDC.
https://renzlaw.godaddysites.com/45k-whistleblower-suit
> A local ABC News Station posted a request on Facebook for people to share their stories of unvaccinated loved ones that died. They wanted to make a news story on this. What happened was totally unexpected. In five days’ time over 250,000 people posted comments, but not about unvaccinated beloved ones. All the comments talk about vaccinated loved ones that died shortly after being injected or that are disabled for life.
https://www.facebook.com/80221381134/posts/10158207967261135/?d=n
> A Federal government whistleblower has come forward with secret recordings of conversations between doctors and nurses claiming that vaccination reactions are being suppressed.
https://www.projectveritas.com/news/federal-govt-whistleblower-goes-public-with-secret-recordings-government

• Vaccine mandates are a burden on businesses, government, and individuals and will have a negative economic impact on our county’s economy and the lives of those who live in the county.

4) It is not the proper role of government to dictate measures which create second-class citizens who are denied access to jobs, services, and public spaces.

• Vaccine mandates are racially discriminatory. A higher-percentage of unvaccinated residents are minorities.
https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/private/pdf/265511/vaccination-disparities-brief.pdf

• Vaccine mandates make second-class citizens out of those with strongly held religious beliefs and personal health concerns—limiting their access to job opportunities, services, and recreational activities.

• Vaccine mandates take health care decisions out of the hands of individuals and their health care providers and substitute a one-size-fits-all plan—which does not fit all.

• Vaccine mandates are a slippery slope. This sets a dangerous precedent for government-mandated health care decision laws instead of leaving these decisions to the individual and their health care providers. Vaccine mandates are not the same as seat belt laws, laws against smoking in restaurants, and laws against drunk driving. Wearing a seat belt is not potentially life altering (like an adverse vaccine reaction would be), not smoking in a restaurant while eating a meal has no chance of harming anyone, and laws against drunk driving don’t prevent you from drinking and driving in the first place.