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After spending months “in hiding”, you might say, I would like to share my story. Not because I want sympathy or help, but because I’d like to spread awareness and contribute to building a bridge in the gray area between what is seemingly a black-and-white issue.I was injured by my first and only dose of the Pfizer vaccine over 8 months ago. This has been the worst experience of my life. Rather than writing it out here, details on my story, as well as many others’, can be found at the website of the Real Not Rare movement:[https://www.realnotrare.com/post/lianna-winkler-prins ]
Real Not Rare is independent, grass-roots, and non-political. In addition to personal stories of the injured, the website also includes educational materials, cautionary feedback from medical professionals who were brave enough to speak out, and ways to take action.
Some may dismiss this as more “misinformation” because it does not align with what we, the public, have been told by the media and our government. I am pleading with everyone to please pause and reconsider. The level of censorship surrounding vaccine injuries is beyond disturbing. The rare media coverage on folks questioning these vaccines portrays them as selfish and uneducated anti-vaxxers. Vaccine-injured individuals are afraid to speak out in fear of being shunned by friends and family. Medical professionals are afraid to speak out because their livelihoods are at stake. VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) is flawed, to say the least.
Some may think the vaccine manufacturers and/or our government will help the “rare” person injured by a COVID-19 vaccine. This is not true. Emergency Use Authorization means zero liability for the manufacturers. You will be on your own. Studying injured individuals is an opportunity to make the vaccines safer. Instead, the injured are abandoned, brushed aside as collateral damage. The CDC, FDA, and NIH are well-aware of these adverse events but are doing NOTHING. This was made strikingly clear on November 2nd, 2021, as I watched video coverage from an expert panel discussion in Washington D.C. on medical mandates and vaccine injuries (portions of which can be found on the Real Not Rare website). The CDC Director, the FDA Acting Commissioner, the NIH Director, and CEO’s of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, and BioNTech were all invited to attend this discussion, and all declined.
Some may say, regardless of the risks, we need everyone to get vaccinated so that we can achieve herd immunity. This sort of fuzzy logic needs to stop. We cannot compare the COVID-19 vaccines to, for example, the Polio vaccine. SARS-CoV-2, like the flu, is an RNA virus, mutating frequently, with no life-long immunity. Flu has not been eradicated. Herd immunity for the flu is not an achievable goal. The same applies for SARS-CoV-2. I was thankful that our County Health Officer acknowledged that this will be an endemic disease that we will live with forever, during the December 15th Virtual Press Conference hosted by the Humboldt County COVID-19 Joint Information Center.
What I’m hoping is that, as time goes on, this notion will end that vaccines are the only way out of the pandemic. We need to take charge of our own personal health and make lifestyle changes that will make us more resilient beings. No more searching for “the silver bullet”. Health care is not “one size fits all”. Also, there are various other readily available preventative and acute treatment protocols for COVID-19 that are proving to be effective, but little to no funding goes toward their study. Why? I fear the sad truth is that so much of our public health policy is guided by some of the most powerful lobbyists and political campaign donors in D.C.: Big Pharma.
I am not trying to down-play the seriousness of COVID-19. We have all been touched by this pandemic in some way. We have lost loved ones. We have lost our jobs and businesses. We have struggled with social isolation. We have contracted and survived the virus but have developed long-haulers as a result. We have been injured by the vaccines and are struggling to heal. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. As the writer of the 12-2-21 Letter to the Editor closed, “let’s try and remember our humanity”.