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Indiana pushing Covid-19 vaccine on children through public schools
State law does not require the Covid vaccine for school attendance, but letters are being sent to parents saying child "past due" for Covid shot
In Indiana, we were assured by reporters in the state last year that there was no way that the Covid vaccines would ever be required for school attendance, and told that those who expressed such fears were “causing a panic.”
But just a short few months later — three, to be exact — I got a letter signed by the nurse at my son’s public middle school informing me that my son is not “up to date” on his vaccinations, and listing the Covid-19 vaccine as one of those vaccinations.
First, why did I get any kind of letter about vaccinations?
When I enrolled my son in our school district in 2017, I wrote a short, two-sentence letter requesting a religious exemption, and turned it in to the school office, to fulfill what state law requires.
The exemption was granted and we’ve never been asked for another letter and never received a notice like this.
I called the middle school nurse, whose name was on the bottom of the letter.
She told me that in fact, I need to do a religious exemption letter every year.
That’s fine. I’m happy to do a new letter every year.
But my main concern was that the Covid-19 vaccine was listed as one of the vaccines they appeared to be telling me my son had to have.
Why was this included on the list? Why are they telling parents that their children needed to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend school when the vaccine is not mandated by state law?
The nurse explained, as did the head of the school district’s health office who I followed up with, that the second page of the letter, which lists the vaccinations needed, was generated by the Indiana Department of Health, from CHIRP (the Children and Hoosier Immunization Registry Program) and that the school district has no ability to change it.
The health director said these vaccines are only recommended.
But the cover letter does not say these are recommended vaccines.
“The attached document shows the specific immunizations which are needed for your child.”
As you can see above, the Coronavirus vaccine and two others not required by state law for school attendance are not highlighted in purple, but the Coronavirus vaccine is in bold, is followed by the words “Past Due” (also bold) and lists a “minimum valid date” and an “overdue date” and reiterates that the vaccine is “Past Due.”
The cover letter, which was signed by my son’s school nurse, says in the last line:
“Failure to comply within the first 20 days of the 2022-2023 school year may result in exclusion proceedings per State Code IC 20-34-3-2 and MCCSC policy 5320.”
So this is serious.
They appear to be telling parents that their children are in imminent danger of being KICKED OUT of school if they do not get the Covid vaccine, along with other vaccines, right away.
The school corporation’s health director promised to make things more clear in the cover letter in future, so that parents know the Covid vaccine is only recommended and not required. But this letter has already gone out to many parents. And it’s likely other school districts in the state sent out similar letters to other parents with this same listing of vaccines.
Parents, if doing a quick search online, might still be led to believe the Covid vaccines are required for school in Indiana as a Google search also returns a result from the Indiana Department of Education that is wrong.
The above results shows in bold the incorrect answer: “2 doses are required for all grades Pre-K through 12.”
What is going on? Why is the state of Indiana continuing to push the Covid-9 vaccine on children?
Officially, the Indiana Department of Health is recommending the Covid-19 vaccine for all school children in the state 5 and up, but not requiring it.
This is in contrast to many places in the world that are not vaccinating children under 12 and not recommending the vaccine for children. Among them are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark.
In addition, Florida is not recommending the vaccine for children, though it is available to those parents who REALLY, REALLY want it for their children.
This is likely because Florida knows that there are so many hospitalizations of children reported to VAERS in the United States following Covid-19 vaccination that VAERS cannot even display them in a single search return as the list of reports takes up more than 10,000 rows of text.
Among them is a 13-year-old boy in Indiana who collapsed in gym class on Feb. 9, 2022, just 11 days after getting a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Here is the narrative in VAERS:
“Patient had symptoms of COVID January 14th but was never tested. He received his 2nd dose of vaccine on January 29th. Patient had no issues until 2/9 when he collapsed in gym class while running and was brought to the emergency room. He went into flash pulmonary edema and then coded with low cardiac function seen on bedside ECHO. He was placed on ECMO and started on epinephrine and milrinone drips. He remained on ECMO for 7 days when he was decannulated. He went to a cardiac catheter procedure which showed left main coronary artery narrowing and cardiac MRI showed possible transmural infarct . He was transferred to another hospital and is still inpatient pending possible LVAD or heart transplant.”
It’s unknown whether this boy did indeed have a heart transplant.
I asked the Indiana Department of Health about this case in September of last year and they professed to have no knowledge of it and no information about people needing heart transplants after vaccination.
OpenVAERS, a website that makes it easier to search the VAERS system, shows the following number of reports for people under the age of 18 in the United States as of today:
There were 63,433 reports for people under 18, including 181 reports of deaths, 586 reports of a young person being permanently disabled, and 1,444 reports of myocarditis.
As for risks of the virus to young people, the Indiana Department of Health shows on its website that 51 people in the state ages 0-19 died of Covid-19, but the only news coverage of anyone in this age range dying in connection with the virus were:
An 18-year-old who was hospitalized with Covid-19 and died of an aneurysm after 4-5 months in the hospital.
A 19-year-old with congenital heart problems who died after more than a month in the hospital for treatment of Covid-19.
The Department told me in emails last year that the number of people 0-19 listed on their website as having died from Covid-19 includes people for whom Covid was a “contributing cause” and not the main cause of death, but could not break it down and tell me how many were in the “contributing cause” category, and how many truly died of Covid.
Based on the absence of any news reports, and the failure state to clarify its dashboard numbers, I believe that ZERO children in the state of Indiana actually died of Covid-19.
As for why the state appears to be misleading parents and pushing the Covid-19 vaccine on children through letters from school corporations, I e-mailed the Department of Health. They replied, asking me to send a copy of the letter, which I did. We’ll see what they say.