Led by Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink, the powerful Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is urging “all Americans over six months” get yet another Covid jab update.
In addition to being appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to spearhead Alaska’s Covid response, Zink serves as president of ASTHO, a wealthy and influential nonprofit that includes more than 100,000 public health professionals across the nation. The high-profile position gives her a national voice when it comes to U.S. health policy.
On Sept. 15, her organization issued a complete endorsement of the FDA’s controversial recommendation that every American older than six months get an updated Covid shot. The endorsement included a statement by ASTHO’s Chief Medical Officer Marcus Plescia, who claimed that vaccination is “one of the most effective ways to keep people safe from COVID-19 by preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death in all age groups that the vaccine has been approved for. Now is the time for communities and families to make the choice to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine.”
In an apparent effort to rebuff widespread concern that Covid shots have resulted in myriad adverse reactions across the nation, ASTHO’s statement asserts that the review of vaccines “includes careful analysis.”
COVID vaccination is most controversial for the young, as CDC data shows that children have almost no risk of death from the virus.
“These processes are robust, have safety at their core, and use the most recent data to evaluate the risks and benefits of vaccinations, including ideal dosage, scheduling, and populations that would benefit most from vaccination,” ASTHO states. “Millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been safely administered worldwide across a wide range of ages and in individuals with underlying health concerns. These efforts have saved countless lives. ASTHO continues to join with other public health and healthcare professionals across the nation to help people learn about vaccine safety and share how COVID-19 vaccines protect the public.”
ASTHO’s endorsement follows the FDA’s March 14 decision to amend the “emergency use authorization” for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Bivalent, to permit a single booster dose for kids six months to four years old, just two months after their initial vaccinations.
As LifeSiteNews.com pointed out, however, the FDA’s supporting data for child Covid boosters was based off two small-sample studies, which included 24 participants ages 6-23 months, and only 36 participants ages 2-4 years.
Medical freedom attorney and COVID jab critic Aaron Siri called the decision a “new low” for the FDA to base its recommendation on such limited data.
According to the FDA, among the young group, the most common vaccine side effects included “irritability, drowsiness, injection site redness, pain and swelling, decreased appetite, fatigue, and fever,” according to the agency. For the second group, effects included “fatigue, injection site pain, redness and swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, joint pain, and chills.”
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A large swath of Americans, including many Alaskans, remain skeptical about the safety of Covid shots, and the CDC’s own data show that hundreds of thousands of people have suffered serious adverse reactions to the jabs, including death, hospitalizations, strokes and heart attacks.
COVID vaccination is most controversial for the young, as CDC data shows that children have almost no risk of death from the virus. In fact, since January of 2020 to September of this year, children younger than four have comprised 0.1% of all Covid deaths, while those older than 50 make up 83% of Covid deaths.
Next month, thousands of Alaskans are expected to turn out for a high-profile conference organized by Alaska Covid Alliance, a network of doctors, business owners and others who advocate for patients’ rights, early treatment alternatives, and the distribution of vital information that the mainstream media refuses to report on. The group hosted a similar conference in 2021, which drew more than 1,000 attendees and made international headlines.