The chief of an influential physicians organization that represents doctors in a multitude of practices is warning that making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory could endanger millions.
The comments come from Dr. Paul Kempen, M.D., who leads the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
He was responding to a call from a coalition of medical organizations, many with far-left agendas, for making shots of experimental vaccines mandatory for health workers.
“As we move towards full FDA approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients,” said the statement signed by the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association and dozens of others.
But Kempen pointed out, “As of mid-July, 30 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in the U.S. and have natural immunity. Vaccination of these persons confers only risk with little to no benefit, yet these mandates do not exempt them.”
He said, “Serious side effects have been identified, including paralysis and inflammation of the heart muscle, which may not resolve and may cause death.”
Then, too, he noted, “As variants multiply, ‘booster’ shots may be required, with increasing risk of allergic phenomena.”
A statement from the AAPS noted some of the other threats that mandatory vaccinations pose.
One is that although about half of the U.S. population has gotten the injections, COVID has been “proliferating, and hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, not diminishing as one would expect in an effective vaccination campaign. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are succumbing.”
Further, the group warned, “Long-term effects of these novel, genetically engineered products cannot possibly be known at this point. These could include autoimmune disorders, antibody-enhanced disease, infertility, cancer, or birth defects.”
The statement continued, “Moreover, the benefit to the public in this instance is purely hypothetical. Uninfected persons cannot transmit infection just because they are unvaccinated. Vaccinated persons can still infect others. Many medical workers already have natural immunity, and mandated shots impose risks without little or no benefit, yet there is no provision to exempt them.”
Widespread requirements for experimental treatments, AAPS explained, “would not be approved by an Institutional Review Board on both ethical and scientific grounds: no consent; no disclosure of the experimenters’ conflicts of interest; no control group; no follow-up of subjects for COVID status, immune parameters, or adverse effects; no provision for medical care of the subjects; and no criteria for stopping the experiment if subjects are being harmed.”
A better course would include early treatment options, AAPS said.
The AMA-endorsed statement claimed the vaccines are effective, but admitted there’s largely a distrust of such claims.
“We recognize the historical mistrust of health care institutions, including among many in our own health care workforce. We must continue to address workers’ concerns, engage with marginalized populations, and work with trusted messengers to improve vaccine acceptance.”
The statement offered no option for not submitting to its demands.
“As the health care community leads the way in requiring vaccines for our employees, we hope all other employers across the country will follow our lead and implement effective policies to encourage vaccination,” the medical organizations led by the AMA said.
The AAPS, however, pointed that all people have a right to liberty, “which they do not forfeit when they serve the sick or the disabled.”
And the group pointed out that the long-term impacts of the “novel, genetically engineered products” “cannot possibly be known at this point.”
Negative results could include, it said, autoimmune disorders, anti-body-enhanced disease, infertility, cancer, and birth defects.