Melissa Blasek: Testimony for Amendment to HB255 (ban vaccine mandates)

The testimony I am going to give was reviewed by doctors and scientists and created with their help. I will give a list of their names to the committee. Before I get started, I would like to present this compilation of studies to the committee. This is 141 studies that support the claims I am going to make here today: that natural immunity is broad, durable, and long lasting; that COVID-19 vaccinations cannot prevent community outbreaks; that COVID-19 vaccines efficacy wanes; and that COVID-19 vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easily as an unvaccinated person when infected.

I want to state that we are all hoping to find the best solution to the COVID-19 pandemic that saves the most lives and prevents the most amount of suffering, but vaccine mandates will not accomplish this goal.

Natural immunity is broad, durable, and long lasting.

Let’s begin with natural immunity because this bill specifically exempts anyone with prior infection from any mandate.

In this FOIA request, the CDC was asked for “Documents reflecting any documented case of an individual who: (1) never received a COVID-19 vaccine; (2) was infected with COVID-19 once, recovered, and then later become infected again; and (3) transmitted SARS-CoV2 to another person when reinfected.” In other words, is there an example of a person with natural immunity spreading Covid? The answer was “a search of our records failed to reveal any documents pertaining to your request”. Now this doesn’t mean this scenario is impossible, but the CDC doesn’t have a single example of a recovered person spreading Covid. Let’s consider some of the many studies I’ve presented to the committee today:

  • Study: Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections 
    “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… SARS-CoV-2-naïve vaccines had a 13.06-fold (95% CI, 8.08 to 21.11) increased risk for breakthrough infection with the Delta variant compared to those previously infected.”…para 27 fold increased risk of symptomatic COVID and 8 fold increased risk of hospitalization (vaccinated over unvaccinated).
  • Study: SARS-CoV-2 re-infection risk in Austria
    “40 tentative re-infections in 14, 840 COVID-19 survivors of the first wave (0.27%) and 253 581 infections in 8, 885, 640 individuals of the remaining general population (2.85%) translating into an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 0.09 (0.07 to 0.13)…relatively low re-infection rate of SARS-CoV-2 in Austria. Protection against SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection is comparable with the highest available estimates on vaccine efficacies.”
  • Study: Quantifying the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 reinfection over time
    “Eleven large cohort studies… Across studies, the total number of PCR‐positive or antibody‐positive participants at baseline was 615,777, and the maximum duration of follow‐up was more than 10 months in three studies. Reinfection was an uncommon event (absolute rate 0%–1.1%), with no study reporting an increase in the risk of reinfection over time.”

I could go on all day, thus the book of 1600 pages I’ve delivered to the committee, but I will move on.

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines stop transmission.

I’m going to share the UK data because they track the data on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated individuals better than any country in the world. The US is sorely lacking good, standardized data collection on this matter. As you can see, the rates of infection amongst the vaccinated are higher in every age category than the unvaccinated. This is due to the waning effects of the vaccines, which happens quicker in older populations.

So the question is: Can an infected vaccinated person transmit COVID-19? The answer is most assuredly YES. Viral load is the amount of virus. The higher the viral load, the more likely the person is infectious.

Again, I could continue all day, but I will move on. 

Vaccine-induced immunity wanes quickly.

There are more studies just like these, but let’s move on.

This was a study done that showed that increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the US. Each dot represents a country or county and you can see it’s random.

These vaccines have a very marked waning effect both in breakthrough infections and in disease outcomes. That means that if you are going to mandate a vaccine, you would need to mandate continuous boosters to maintain any type of efficacy and we have zero data on the health effects of continuing these shots indefinitely.

Let’s quickly visit some of these highly vaccinated countries. I’ve chosen northern climate areas because they will have similar outcomes to New Hampshire. Covid is a purely seasonal virus by climate. Southern climates have their respiratory season mainly in the summer, with a small respiratory season in the winter. Northern climates have very little respiratory virus transmission in the summer, but a steep curve in the late fall into the winter. The black line is cases and the yellow line is vaccination rates.

Iceland is about 90% vaccinated. Same in Ireland. Vermont is the most vaccinated state in the country. 

Let’s compare Lithuania and Sweden. Sweden has no vaccine mandates, they never locked down, they never had masking requirements. Lithuania arguably has the harshest vaccine mandates in the world.

There is certainly data showing that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent serious COVID-19 outcomes, at least for a period of time, but that benefit is personal. There is no “collective benefit” to mass vaccination with vaccines as leaky as these, which provide only brief immunity. 

In conclusion, while vaccine mandates shred the principle of informed consent, violate bodily autonomy, and infringe upon the most basic of individual liberties, there is also zero scientific basis for mandating COVID-19 vaccines.

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