European Court of Human Rights upholds compulsory vaccination laws

compulsory vaccination laws

This article the European Court of Human Rights upholding compulsory vaccination laws was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), who is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines, medical issues, social policy, and the law.

Professor Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. Additionally, Reiss is also a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. She is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group on Ethics and Policy.

On April 8, 2021 the European Court of Human Rights, in a 16:1 decision, held that the Czech’s Republic vaccine mandate did not violate article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the “right to respect for private life”, because the mandate is within the range of reasonable options available to a country to protect the important interests of the general health and children’s best interests, and its interference with individual rights is proportional. 

This is an important decision, since it gives states leeway to enact mandatory vaccination schemes, within certain limits. The quotes here are from the summary, which, from my skimming of the full decision, captures the majority’s decision well. 

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COVID-19 raises erectile dysfunction risk – men, wear masks, get vaccines

COVID-19 erectile dysfunction

This should get men to start wearing a mask or getting the vaccine – there are some new data that COVID-19 increases the risk of erectile dysfunction. And not by just a little bit, by nearly 6X in young men.

In case you missed that, if you are young and male, you have a 6X increased risk of permanent erectile dysfunction after contracting COVID-19, even mild cases. If you need a reason to wear a damn mask, get vaccinated, and stay away from super spreader events, this should be it.

But, it gets worse. This data also indicated that erectile dysfunction is correlated to an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Men with ED are more than five times more likely to have COVID-19.

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Blood clots and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – the EMA weighs in

astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine blood clots

I have previously written about whether thrombosis (formation of blood clots) is linked to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – my conclusions were that they probably weren’t. However, governments and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are starting to make very concerned about an issue with this vaccine.

Recently, the government of Quebec recently decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be used on individuals 55 years and older. Of course, this caused some parts of the anti-vaccine world to froth at the mouth claiming the vaccine isn’t safe.

Then, on 6 April 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reporting a plausible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and thrombotic events. I will discuss this in detail below.

I think that many of the adverse events that are claimed to be associated with any of the COVID-19 vaccines involve the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, which states that because one event precedes another event, they must be linked. It is entirely possible that thrombosis occurs after vaccinations because of random chance rather than actual correlation (let alone causation). However, thrombosis that is temporally associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine may be troubling.

Because the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is one of the four main vaccines (along with those from Pfizer, Moderna, and JNJ) to be given in the USA, Canada, the EU, Australia, and New Zealand, I want to make sure that the potential of a causal link to blood clots are given a thorough analysis.

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Physician vaccine payments – another “article” from James Lyons-Weiler

Physician vaccine payments

Here we go again, with another lame “research article” about physician vaccine payments from James Lyons-Weiler, one of the high priests of the pseudoscientific anti-vaccine movement. I try to ignore most of his nonsense, because it is nonsense, but I just couldn’t let this one pass.

So what is Lyons-Weiler up to this time? He’s trying to convince us that a physician can make millions by some illicit vaccine payments scheme. I’m sure that pediatricians who are driving beat-up 10-year-old Honda minivans paying off medical school loans would love to know about this, but much like the Big Pharma Shill Bucks™, in which gold bars are delivered to my front door every week, it’s a myth that circulates in the mind of the anti-vax world.

To be honest, Lyons-Weiler ought to spend more of his time hunting for Sasquatch – he’d have more credibility. But let me waste a bit of your time taking down this balderdash.

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COVID-19 vaccine may provide immunity to both the mother and baby

COVID-19 vaccine baby immunity

Pregnant women who receive a COVID-19 vaccine appear to provide immunity to the mother and the baby against the disease. This is an important reason for women to get the vaccine even if they are pregnant.

Several preliminary studies suggest that pregnant women who receive either the Moderna or Pfizer mRNA vaccine had COVID-19 antibodies in their umbilical cord blood. Furthermore, one of the studies also showed antibodies in breast milk, although this may not be as important as what was detected in the umbilical cord.

This post will examine some of the evidence that supports the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine may confer immunity to the disease for not only the mother but also the baby.

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COVID-19 pandemic flu season – very good news and some bad

COVID-19 pandemic flu season

The COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing but bad news, but the near disappearance of the 2020-21 flu season has given us one tiny bit of good news among a metric tonne of public health bad news.

Despite the weird and unfounded myths the COVID-19 deniers, the only reason why this flu season is so mild is because of the public health strategies to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s it – it’s nothing more dramatic than that. 

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and thrombosis – should we worry?

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine thrombosis

I have previously written about whether thrombosis (formation of blood clots) is linked to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – my conclusion was that they probably weren’t. But still, there are nagging anecdotes and government decisions that may concern those of you who are looking to get the vaccine.

Recently, the government of Quebec recently decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be used on individuals 55 years and older. Of course, this caused some parts of the anti-vaccine world to froth at the mouth claiming the vaccine isn’t safe.

I think that many of the adverse events that are claimed to be associated with any of the COVID-19 vaccines involve the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, which states that because one event precedes another event, they must be linked. It is entirely possible that thrombosis occurs after vaccinations because of random chance rather than actual correlation (let alone causation).

Because the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is one of the four main vaccines (along with those from Pfizer, Moderna, and JNJ) to be given in the USA, Canada, the EU, Australia, and New Zealand, I want to make sure that the potential of a causal link to thrombosis events are given a thorough analysis. I especially want to focus on why the Government of Quebec decided to make this change – and it’s a lot more complicated than the narratives pushed by the anti-vaccine crowd.

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COVID-19 vaccination anecdotes – Twitter has no sense of humor

COVID-19 vaccination anecdotes

Earlier this week, I published a humorous article about my personal COVID-19 vaccination anecdotes using almost every trope and myth that I could invent using Bill Gates as a voice telling me things in my ears via a 5G connection to the nanobots in the vaccine. Of course, each bogus claim was linked to actual articles that refuted the nonsense.

Well, that article was widely shared (thanks friends), but a few of you got dinged for posting inaccurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. The good news is that Twitter is trying to regulate COVID-19 vaccine garbage. The bad news is that Twitter doesn’t get sarcasm.

I make a joke with my science pals, while we are trying to figure out how to get in on Bill Gates’s billions he pays for vaccine shills (once more, this is sarcasm), only intelligent people get sarcasm, satire, snark, and irony. Try using irony with anti-vaxxers, and they almost always don’t get it.

So, to rectify the situation, I am publishing this non-apology post that represents my persona (n=1) anecdotes about my COVID-19 vaccination experience. I’m going to give you a heads up, it’s totally boring.

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy – no reason to refuse it

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety

I have been noting with alarm that the safety and effectiveness of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – it’s concerning people, and sometimes governments, are refusing the vaccine. This is wrong.

My girlfriend, an ER physician who is literally exhausted from saving lives during this pandemic, wrote this recently:

So many lives have been lost to COVID-19. Please vaccinate.

I may write picky things about these vaccines, just to follow the science, but in the end, I don’t care which COVID-19 vaccine I received and you shouldn’t either. The AstraZeneca vaccine is demonstrably safe and demonstrably effective.

I have made an effort to push the facts and debunk the myths about all of the COVID-19 vaccines. I think the AstraZeneca one needs

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Skeptical Raptor got their COVID-19 vaccination – Bill Gates 5G nanobots are working

person aspirating the vaccine from the vial

On a beautiful March morning in Southern California, the ancient feathered dinosaur got their COVID-19 vaccination. Although it was difficult to go incognito to the vaccination center, this old raptor sat down in a tiny chair to get the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Then it happened – I got the worst possible adverse effect to the COVID-19 vaccination, I entered the Bill Gates 5G nanobot Matrix. And I’m scared.

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