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We, the undersigned employees and students, or parents of students, of the University of Waterloo (UW) herewith express our categorical disagreement with the COVID-related mandates recently imposed by the university administration on all employees and students (e-mail entitled, "Mandatory vaccination and attestation," dated August 16th, 2021; e-mail entitled, "Proof of vaccination now required for campus access," dated August 24th, 2021). These mandates are unlawful, and their net effect will be to cause disease, not to prevent it.
Any mandates involving vaccination, declaration of vaccination status, and testing violate all employment contracts that were concluded, as well as all offers of admission that were accepted before the mandates were imposed. The rights infringed upon include those enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law of the land. Thus, the mandates are unlawful and invalid.
Generally speaking, vaccination can have a number of different outcomes:
It can induce “sterilizing immunity,” which means that the vaccinated person cannot contract and spread the pathogen in question.
It can induce protection without sterilization – manifest disease in vaccinated persons will be suppressed or at least mitigated, but they may still contract and spread the infection.
It can fail altogether – vaccinated persons remain as likely to fall ill as the unvaccinated or become even more so.
Only the first outcome could justify, tenuously, a vaccine mandate. Widespread sterilizing immunity could be expected to result in “herd immunity,” meaning that the immunity of the many who were vaccinated would also protect the few who cannot be vaccinated, typically due to underlying deficiencies of their immune systems.
It is generally accepted, however, that none of the currently used COVID vaccines produce sterilizing immunity; in fact, recent data indicate that they provide at best marginal protection. Therefore, mandating COVID vaccination has no rational justification.
More than one year into the so-called pandemic, very many people have already been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have acquired natural immunity. It has been shown that this immunity is much more robust than that conferred by the vaccines; such an outcome is indeed expected. Accordingly, those with natural immunity cannot possibly derive any additional benefit or protection from getting vaccinated. On the other hand, they are at increased risk of grave adverse events from the vaccines. Thus, even if there were valid reasons for mandating vaccination – which is not the case – the very first order of business should still be to offer tests for existing immunity, and to permanently exempt from vaccination those who test positive. This failure to account for natural immunity alone suffices to prove that the vaccine mandates imposed by the UW administration are unscientific, vexatious, and reckless.
While PCR methods have their legitimate uses in diagnosing infectious diseases, there is no good reason for using them on persons who are not sick. Numerous studies have confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be detected in cell culture only in samples from patients who are clinically sick, or whose symptoms subsided only a few short days ago. Those same studies determined that viral nucleic acids remained detectable by PCR in samples for weeks and even months after cell cultures had turned negative. Only cell cultures detect live viruses; in contrast, PCR will also detect non-viable virus particles and even fragments of viral nucleic acids.
A very large study conducted in Wuhan, China, which enrolled almost 10 million people, failed to trace any cases of clinical disease to contagion from PCR-positive but asymptomatic individuals. All of these findings indicate that a positive PCR test alone does not imply contagiousness. The testing mandates imposed on those members of the UW community who refuse to provide proof of vaccination are therefore without any scientific basis. Moreover, the very frequent repetition of these tests – twice weekly – will harm the very tender mucous membranes of the nasal cavity, which unlike those e.g. in the oral cavity are not able to withstand mechanical stress. Such frequently repeated trauma will cause pain and bacterial infections. This scientifically baseless and burdensome testing schedule is clearly designed to make peoples’ lives miserable and to pressure them into getting vaccinated.
Several leading UW administrators – notably President Vivek Goel, Provost James Rush, and VP Research Charmaine Dean – come from a public health or biomedical science background. Professional due diligence should therefore have acquainted them with the many kinds of severe adverse effects of the vaccines that have been reported in the medical literature. While the literature so far contains only case reports or small-scale studies on adverse events, a very large number of vaccine-related deaths and injuries is evident in the adverse events reporting systems of the U.S, the U.K., and the European Union. Even these systems, however, do not reflect the full magnitude of the problem. The independent advocacy group “America’s Frontline Doctors,” whose membership includes many very experienced physicians, has filed for an injunction against the existing vaccine emergency use authorizations, asserting that as many as 55,000 vaccine-related deaths have been reported to the federal authorities in the U.S. alone. Over and above these deaths, there are even more cases of grave and disabling disease such as heart attack, stroke, myocarditis, and multi-organ inflammatory disease. Such cases have been reported across all age groups.
This catastrophic outcome must be weighed against the tenuous benefits of vaccination. It must also be weighed against the minuscule risk of grave disease which the virus poses to persons of all ages without underlying disease, and particularly to adolescents and young adults such as our students. The risk-benefit balance of COVID vaccination is unambiguously negative. These vaccines should no longer be called “experimental,” because the experiment has already ended in failure. Any further continuation of this failed “experiment” amounts to the wilful infliction of bodily harm.
Both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated can contract the virus and then spread it. On the other hand, members of neither group will actually spread the virus as long as they are not themselves ill.
People may object to vaccination for various reasons, including medical, religious, and philosophical ones. Whichever the case may be – the choice to get vaccinated remains a personal one, as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Regardless of our choices, there is no need for us to be afraid of each other. For too long have we allowed ourselves to be alienated from one another and divided, for fear of a virus that is no more deadly or dangerous than the flu. It is high time that we leave this fear behind and resume our normal lives – in private, but also at work. UW’s vaccine mandates won’t help us do that; instead, they will further entrench fear and distrust. They will keep us divided at a time when the UW community should be coming together to revive the confident and forward-looking spirit for which Waterloo is well known.
Beyond their divisiveness, the vaccine mandates will inflict more tangible harm. Given the size of UW’s population of students and employees, it is certain that coerced vaccinations will result in severe injury and quite possibly even deaths. It is urgent that these irrational and unlawful coercive measures be repealed before it is too late.
America's Frontline Doctors provide scientific and medical information on COVID-19 disease and on the vaccines. See in particular the news release on their lawsuit which contains the number of fatalities cited in the text.
The Canadian COVID Care Alliance, too, provides a broad range of resources on COVID-19 and on its prevention and treatment. Of particular interest is their Parent Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination, authored by Dr. Byram Bridle, professor of viral immunology at the University of Guelph.
The Doctors for COVID Ethics have authored several open letters and scientific analyses on COVID-19 vaccines. Some of these, including one on the pharmacokinetics and toxicity of mRNA vaccines and a legal expert opinion on the use of mRNA vaccines in children, were co-authored by UW Chemistry professor Michael Palmer, MD. The latter document provides literature references for most of the factual claims made in this open letter.
The Liberty Coalition Canada has authored an open letter to universities and colleges that spells out how mandates such as those imposed by the UW administration violate the rights vouchsafed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Children's Health Defense Canada, in cooperation with lawyers Rocco Galati and Amina Sherazee of the Constitutional Rights Centre, are preparing a lawsuit against all universities and colleges (including UW) which have issued these illegal vaccination and testing mandates. All students and employees affected by these mandates can join this lawsuit.
|Michael Palmer, MD||Faculty||Chemistry|
|Edward R. Vrscay, PhD||Faculty||Applied Mathematics|
|Richard Mann, PhD||Faculty||Computer Science|
|Wayne Oldford, PhD||Faculty||Statistics and Actuarial Science|
|Samuel WK Wong, PhD||Faculty||Statistics and Actuarial Science|
|Xiaosong Wang, PhD||Faculty||Chemistry|
|Emily Schroeder, MLIS MA||Staff||University Secretariat|
|Carmen Jaray||Staff||Central Stores|
|Paula Petrie||Staff||Faculty of Engineering|
|Rosina Kharal||Instructor||Computer Science|
|Susan Beth Martin, BScPharm RPh BCGP, clinical pharmacist||Parent|
|Jean-Claude and Renia Pasche||Parents|
|Moneka Esa||Student||Pharmacy (CAP)|
|Jason and Maureen Brintnell||Parents||Health Science/Arts|
|Dr. K. Elizabeth Storjohann BSc, ND, RTCMP||Parent|
|Max Storjohann||Student||Electrical Engineering|
|Ashley Mackayla Gellatly||Student||Geography and Aviation|
|Allister Talbot||Staff||Central Stores|
|Katia Naccarato||Student||Actuarial Science|
|Chris Vitols||Student||Architectural Engineering|
|Nadine Osman||Student||Health Science|
|Maria Barichello||Staff||Student Success Office|
|Dr. Rebecca Cannon ND||Parent|
|Desanka Stan||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Tanja Dukic||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Radojka Duricin||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Maria Lezeu||Staff||Food Services|
|Andre McIntyre||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Dawn Durst||Staff||Food Services|
|Brittany Latour||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Malgorzata Kozlowska||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Erin Krueger||Staff||Food Services|
|Agnes Kordiasz||Staff||Davis Circulation Services|
|Nikola Milicevic||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Fahreta Colic||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Richmond Xoly Lee||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Kenrick Jackson||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Robert Duniec||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Mioara Lezeu||Staff||Food Services|
|Ioan Ciotmonda||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Daniel Matheson, BMath 2018 / MMath 2019||Alumnus||Applied Mathematics|
|Wiesia Mazur||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Anita Dump, PhD||Parent|
|Valentina Pawlowska||Student||Nanotechnology Engineering|
|Mr. and Ms. Temporao||Parents||Computer Science / Biomedical Science|
|Stuart and Debbie Milling||Parents||Optometry|
|Tatiana Bevilacqua||Student||Public Health|
|Lawrence and Tina Yu||Parents||Engineering|
|Finnie Flores, MPH, MAEd||Alumna|
|Dana Gavrilescu||Alumna||Applied Psychology|
|Naglaa Elmongy||Parent||Computer Science|
|Grant A. Brown, DPhil (Oxon), LL.B.||Alumnus|
|Vanessa Richter, BA||Alumna|
|Barbara Hankins, BMus, BEd, MMus||Parent|
|Steve Zafiris, DDS||Alumnus||Science|
|In Sun Kim, MFA||Alumna/Student|
|Anna Mae Dueck||Student||Health Sciences|
|Adam Svatos||Alumnus||Nanotechnology Engineering|
|Rhiannon Lohr BASc MASc||Alumnus||Nanotechnology Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Roderick MacNeill BA, MA||Alumnus||Philosophy|
|Dalinda Reese, MTS, MD (USA)||Alumna|
|Dr. Jeff Randall, B.Sc., DC||Alumnus|
|Patty Mah||Staff||Accounting and Finance|
|Caleb Lloyd Girard||MSc student||Biology|
|Wenyuan Zhang||Postdoctoral fellow||Physics and Astronomy|
|Ray Vander Veen||Parent|
|Andrew and Debra Sedore||Parents|
|Albert Celli, P.Eng.||Aumnus||Engineering|
|Lucas Godkin||Student||Mechanical Engineering|
|Angela Meyer Sterzik, PhD||Alumna|
|Serguei Egorov, PhD||Parent||Aerospace Engineering|
|Annemarie Vander Veen||Alumna|
|Cielo M. Gibson||Alumna||Mathematics|
|Jill Morrison-Koechl, M.Sc.||PHD Student||Kinesiology|
|Hend Shalan||Staff||Campus Housing|
|Caroline Taylor||Graduate Student||Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Morgan Robinson||PhD candidate||Pharmacy|
|Anita O'Connor||Staff||Co-operative Education|
|Ruth Witmer||Staff||Co-operative Education|
|Alex Lehmacher||Staff||Plant Operations|
|Zhenle Cao||Alumnus||Nanotechnology Engineering|
|Rodica Oprea||Staff||Food Services|
|Nadeem Lawji||Staff||Dana Porter Library|
|Aryamik Sharma||Student||Environment and Business|
|Amr Ragab||Parent||Computer Science|
|John Vanheule||Student||Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy|
|Serge Lefebvre||Alumnus||Mechanical Engineering|
|Dr. Amanda Ferris, ND||Alumna|
|Sheila Brubacher||Staff||Registrar's Office|
|Jason Mills||Alumnus/Parent||Computer Engineering|
|Angelina Cleroux, MASc psychology||Alumna|
|Adam Lehto, BA, MA, PhD||Alumnus|
|Sarah McCaugherty||Staff||Earth Sciences|
|Birgit Moscinski||Staff||Conrad Grebel University College|
|Andrew Golabek||Graduate student||Chemistry|
|Karli Swatridge||BSc, MSc||Alumnus|
|Nathan Eddy||OCT, MMT, BEd, BSc||Alumnus|
|Chris Gupta||BASc (Eng), P.Eng., CEO||Alumnus|
|Joe Vander Ween||Student||Engineering|
|Lynn Howard, BA, MA||Alumna||German and Russian Studies|
|Andrew Dixon||Student||Renison University College|
|Kathleen Van Lierde||Parent|
|Nathan Savoy||Student||Mathematical Physics|
|Cassidy Wagler, BA||Alumna||Arts|
|Nicholas A. Lee||Alumnus||Mechatronics Engineering|
|Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD||Associate Professor, Health Policy and Global Health||York University|
|Tamara Bell||Student||Conestoga College|
|Jeffrey Brooman||Senior Technician||Canada Computer Geeks Ltd.|
|Martina Speck||PhD Student||University of Ottawa|
|Matt Marlow, PhD||Chemistry Faculty||Nicholls University, Thibodaux, Louisiana|