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Discussing possible vaccine side effects should not be taboo

By Mecca Fowler

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A few weeks ago, all of America was shocked when Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday Night Football. Medical personnel ran out on the field to assist him. The spectacle drew widespread attention immediately. Prayer requests poured out over social media as did a growing concern to figure out what had transpired. While he has since recovered, I think some questions remain unanswered.

The media and several doctors online were quick to suggest that Hamlin suffered from a condition called commotio cordis. At the same time, cardiologist Peter McCullough and members of right-leaning media started to wonder if his collapse was a result of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

All of it was speculation and general curiosity about what happened. However, the social media backlash for simply asking about the vaccine correlation was unwarranted. Additionally, the media spun any vaccine speculation as “misinformation” and called the assertions “unfounded.” Why is it okay for only one side to opine on information?

They are no different than the many people speculating that he had commotio cordis. Yet, people are ostracized as if their theories are out of the realm of possibility. The elephant in the room is that vaccine injuries could be real. Therefore, it should not be taboo to speculate whether they have caused the heart issues we’re seeing in athletes and others. We need to remove the stigma of acting like it is immoral to question the vaccines’ side effects when something suspicious happens.

It is widely known that almost all modern medicine comes with side effects and/or the potential to cause death. Vaccines are not exempt from that. In fact, prior to the mass COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, it was acknowledged that vaccines such as Gardasil can be harmful. So, why is it that when people inquire about COVID-19 vaccines being a potential cause of medical events, they are shunned?

We are two years into learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine, yet people are still acting as if there isn’t enough information to assuredly say that the COVID-19 vaccines can be harmful. That’s ridiculous. It should be common knowledge by now that these vaccines have been linked to multiple heart issues, including myocarditisheart inflammation, and a host of other adverse events reported in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Hypothetically, if it was announced that Hamlin was on steroids or had taken some type of drug before the game on Monday, surely, we would all want to know if they were the cause of his cardiac arrest. But people haven’t thought about that at all. Instead, when people speculate about if Hamlin’s condition could possibly be vaccine-related, guess what happens? They are called things like “human garbage.”

Whether Hamlin received the vaccine or not is still up in the air. We know that 95% of NFL players are vaccinated, so there is a large chance that he is. Since then, Hamlin’s doctors have acknowledged that the diagnosis of commotio cordis is “incredibly rare” and that they had many more diagnoses to rule out before they could ultimately say that is what caused Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.

The public has a vested interest in knowing if Hamlin took the vaccine or not. Hamlin is a prominent figure with a platform and high visibility. There are thousands of vaccine-injured people who have been silenced or their cases never make it to the news. The Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program (CICP), which was created by the Health Resources and Services Administration to handle vaccine injury claims, received 500 complaints between 2010 and 2020. Compare that number to the agency receiving more than 6,000 complaints between 2020 and 2022, and it becomes clearer that something is truly off.

These topics need to be normalized. We cannot shriek and sweep it under the rug. This conversation is larger than what could have possibly happened to Hamlin. It is happening to people all over the world. We cannot be silent when we see things are obviously off. Pretending that these things aren’t happening doesn’t make it so.

In conclusion, the concerted effort by the mainstream media to thwart any suspicion of vaccine-related injuries is overplayed. Time is running out to run cover for the vaccine companies. The media spent the last two years fearmongering everyone with a death tracker for COVID-19. They did not hesitate to highlight any prominent anti-vaxxers that died or got sick these last two years. But if they want to play that game, they should also highlight every case of suspected vaccine-related injury and death. They have no moral imperative when it comes to that topic though, so they probably never will.

That is all the more reason for us common people to keep the topic alive. The vaccine-injured have been ignored, and only one side is overrepresented in the media.  

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Mecca Fowler


Mecca Fowler is a passionate writer with a background in journalism and social media management. She is a free-speech advocate who hones in on her ability to reach across political spectrums to have engaging and transformative conversations to push the conscious of American culture forward.

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