WASHINGTON – Roger Marshall, a physician-turned-US senator, is fighting in Congress against vaccination demands.
Last week, he signed up to try to reverse a new rule issued by President Joe Biden’s administration requiring most private employers to vaccinate or test their workers weekly by January 4th. He pledged not to vote on the government funding bill unless it contains a clause that would revoke the mandate. He made an amendment to ensure that anyone who does not comply with the military mandate to vaccinate must be fired with honor.
The Kansas Senator has been vaccinated and encourages people to do the same. But in the military prescriptions, Marshall repeatedly raised the concept of “natural immunity” – the immunity that results from contracting a virus – as a reason people should be able to refuse the vaccine.
He is one of many Republicans in Congress who are pushing for the Centers for Disease Control to loosen vaccination rules for those already sick. This includes releasing them from their workplace mandate at the White House.
Last week, the CDC released a report that found vaccines provide better protection against COVID-19 than immunity from previous COVID-19 infection, but that immunity from the vaccine and natural immunity can last for at least six months.
The agency also said there is strong evidence that post-exposure vaccination enhances protection against re-infection. This confirms the general recommendation that everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated should be vaccinated, regardless of whether they have been infected.
The report was based on “peer-reviewed and preprint publications” and unpublished CDC data.
During his press conference on the amendment to the layoff, Marshall dismissed the report but did not provide details about the study’s flaws.
“This was one of the worst studies I’ve seen in my life, I can’t believe they printed it,” Marshall said. “I’m asking the CDC to recognize natural immunity.”
Later that day, he interrogated Dr. Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control, during a meeting of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He asked Walenski if she was convinced that vaccination provides better immunity than infection.
Walenski explained, using the medical term – defense correlates – that it is easier to track immunity in people who have been vaccinated than in people who have been naturally infected, in part because scientists are still studying how immunity changes depending on the severity of the initial infection. …
Marshall interrupted her to ask Dr. Anthony Fauci about the viral increase in functional research before he ran out of time.
As businesses began to implement vaccine requirements – either for employees or, in the case of restaurants and bars in big cities, for customers – the CDC report indicated that there is still no test that can measure whether someone is protected from infection. … COVID-19.
The controversy over the mandate for the vaccine in Congress and whether the CDC should recognize immunity from previous infections has arisen as COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in rural communities such as Kansas.
Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, said the most effective way to vaccinate people was through the recommendation of their family doctor, not politicians arguing over different types of immunity in Congress.
“We used an approach where the federal government tells rural Americans what to do, and that doesn’t work very well,” Morgan said. “We really need to talk about what’s important to our community, what we need to keep our business open and our healthcare workers safe.”
Morgan noted that the likelihood of dying from COVID-19 for a person living in a small town is more than twice that for residents of an urban area, and that vaccination rates in rural areas are 10% lower than in cities.
“This virus continues to be a problem in rural areas at the national level,” Morgan said. “We are still seeing hot spots emerging at the national level in rural communities, and I think there is a danger that we will lose focus on the fact that rural cities are at higher risk of COVID than urban communities, and I think it is necessary focus on these small towns and communities. “
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