from 21st Century Wire:
As U.S. universities begin to wind down the spring academic term, many have forced students to get vaccinated. Now, one Ivy League institution, Princeton University, has forged ahead with its aggressive plan to require all students planning to attend this fall to get the COVID-19 jab.
Hooman Noorchashm MD, PhD, a physician-scientist based in Pennsylvania, has published this important open letter to Princeton’s President, Christopher L. Eisgruber, warning him this “mandated indiscriminate vaccination” requirement is potentially dangerous and could cause harm to some members of the student body:
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Honorable president Eisgruber and colleagues,
I am writing you after learning from an Instagram posting that: “Princeton will require all undergraduate and graduate students to receive COVID-19 vaccines for the 2021–2022 academic year”.
I am writing you urgently on the public record to warn Princeton University of the danger of harm this blanket requirement will almost certainly impose on, at least, some members of your student body. Therefore, it is my hope that after you, your healthcare advisors and your risk managers read this public letter of warning with care, you will elect to revise this dangerous course of action to safer space.
Specifically, I am writing here as a physician and immunologist to inform you of my very serious concern that indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccination of members of the Princeton University community, who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who are naturally immune, poses a risk of harm to some such persons. I am compelled to communicate this urgent message of warning to you, because your University’s indiscriminate COVID-19 vaccine policy is almost certain to pose a risk of serious or potentially deadly, but totally avoidable, harm to some in your midst.
I am sure you recognize that somewhere upwards of 20–30% of your community (and the American population on the whole) has already been naturally infected with SARS-CoV-2 — and the vast majority of such persons are very likely to be well immune to the virus. By Fall semester of 2021, the percentages of the naturally infected and immune will be increasing further.
I have been discussing the serious safety concern in indiscriminately vaccinating college students (and other persons), who were recently infected and are naturally immune, with a few concerned parents and friends at other Universities that have, so far, publicly announced a COVID-19 vaccine “mandate” — including Boston University, University of Notre Dame, Fordham University, Syracuse University and Rutgers University, among others. In support of these families, I have sent public letters to the leadership of these institutions warning of the liability and potential harm in an indiscriminate vaccine mandate. Please read these letters at the below links HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Additionally, I am in contact with Dr. Janet Woodcock and her team at FDA and recently generated THIS public letter to the agency for their record and consideration.
In short, it is my opinion as a physician, immunologist and public health advocate that vaccinating persons who are recently infected, or who are naturally immune to SARS-CoV-2, poses a risk of harm to such persons, in two distinct ways — the first is a material risk and the second is a highly likely, but immunologically prognosticated risk:
1) because vaccination of naturally immune persons is, by definition, an unnecessary medical procedure, all persons so treated are unreasonably exposed to the general risks associated with that procedure/treatment. In the case of vaccines, these include allergic reactions, anaphylaxis and Guillain Barre Syndrome, (and in the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, the blood clots that seem to be an added risk), all of which DO pose a risk of severe morbidity or mortality — no matter if this risk is to only a “minority subset” of those vaccinated, it is nonetheless unreasonable to expose naturally immune persons to these risks, because the treatment is medically unnecessary and unlikely to benefit such persons. Certainly, because we do not know who exactly in this category of persons is at risk of harm, the risk exposure is to every naturally infected person treated as such. Therefore, it is absolutely critical to only treat (or mandate vaccination in) persons in whom the vaccination is a necessary medical treatment: That is, those who are NOT already immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.