ICWA News & Views

Weekly Stories about What’s Happening in Washington State and Stories of Interest to Washingtonions

by Gerald Braude

In this post:

  • Links to Radio Show references
  • UPCOMING September 17: Be Brave Washington Peaceful Protest at St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases in Washington

September 2 Episode of An Informed Life Radio Notes and Links

Guest: Pete Serrano

Guests: Dr. Henry Ealy, Senator Dennis Linthicum, and Senator Kim Thatcher

  • Join The Fight! (beyondthecon.com)
  • Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a Founding Father of the United States who signed the Declaration of Independence, was a physician, politician, and social reformer. Senator Linthicum read the following quote from Benjamin Rush:  “Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing for one class of men and deny equal privilege to the others.” 

Be Brave Washington Peaceful Protest at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Be Brave Washington is hoping for a huge turnout at Bellingham’s St. Joseph’s hospital on Saturday, September 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The date marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Patient Safety Day. This year’s theme is “medication without harm.”

At their last Be Brave Washington meeting, Misty Flowers told everyone, “We are going to use their own words against them.” Be Brave Washington has twenty-one pictures of people who died from Remdesivir that people can hold up at the rally. The organizers of the rally are inviting those who have signs or pictures of vaccine injured or deceased to bring them to the rally as well.

Be Brave Washington is distributing flyers for the rally, which is at 2901 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. The flyer reads as follows:

Peaceful rally in remembrance of patients whose lives have been lost or irrevocably altered due to harmful medications—in hospitals or in the form of injections—and in support of medical professionals having the right to treat patients using individualized treatment plans rather than one-size fits all protocols. This is not a political rally. We are in support of patients’ rights for everyone.

Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases in Washington

Two stories have recently emerged here in the United States showing that the percentage of COVID-19 cases were higher for those who received the COVID-19 shots (known as ‘breakthrough” cases) than for those who did not receive the COVID-19 shots.

The story with the widest circulation came from the Epoch Times on August 24, 2022.    

EXCLUSIVE: Vaccinated Making Up Higher Proportion of COVID-19 Metrics in US (theepochtimes.com)

The first paragraph of the story stated the following conclusion: 

“Vaccinated people are more likely than the unvaccinated in recent months to be a COVID-19  case, hospitalization, or death in twenty-five states, according to an Epoch Times investigation.”

In the article, the Epoch Times their defined their vaccinated terms: 

“The term fully vaccinated will be used in this article to refer to anybody who has received a primary series, regardless of whether they’ve received a booster. Not fully vaccinated refers to anybody who has not received a primary series. The term vaccinated, meanwhile, will refer to anyone who has received at least one dose of a vaccine.”

The article also stated the research methodology.

“The Epoch Times compiled the data from state health department websites and databases. Some were obtained through records requests and have never before been made public.”

Similarly, America Out Loud published an article by Dr. Henry Ealy in which he looked at the case counts from twenty-six states for November 2021 through June 2022. 

Here is The Data to Prove ‘The Shots Don’t Work!’ – America Out Loud

He looked at the data for twenty-five states for COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough hospitalizations from February 2022 through June 2022.  Dr. Ealy’s graph shows that, even with nine states dropping out on their reporting for February through June, the number of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough hospitalizations increased from 56,324 in November 2021 to 276,667 in June 2022. Furthermore, Dr. Ealy looked at twenty-eight states reporting COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough deaths. Even with twelve states stopping to report COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough deaths for February 2022 through June 2022, the breakthrough deaths increased from 16,111 in November 2021 to 59,414 in June 2022. The remaining sixteen states showed an increase in breakthrough deaths from 44,516 in February 2022 to 59,414 in June 2022. 

The article then specified the data for two states. In Maryland for May 2022, Dr. Ealy stated that the “fully vaxxed (+ boosted)” accounted for 71.3% COVID-19 hospitalizations whereas the “unvaxxed” accounted for 28.7% of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Utah since December 21, 2021, the “fully vaxxed (+ boosted)” accounted for 53% COVID-19 hospitalizations whereas the “unvaxxed” accounted for 47% of COVID-19 hospitalizations. From the given statistics in the article, Dr. Ealy concluded, “The shots don’t work! So, it’s statistically safer to be unvaxxed.” 

So why, when the Epoch Times and Dr. Ealy both independently reveal that the shots fail, does the Utah Health and Human Services (UHHS) website, provide completely different statistics? A famous Mark Twain quote comes to mind . . .

There Are Three Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

The statistics are  easily manipulated, such as by altering definitions, shifting timing, and ignoring the evidence that recent injection increases susceptibility to infection. Is Utah using the same definitions as the CDC, categorizing those with 1, 2, or more shots as “unvaccinated” within certain windows of receiving a shot? Are they classifying COVID-19 vaccine injuries and deaths as COVID-19 disease and deaths when they happen within 2 weeks of getting an injection?

Since December 21, 2021 (start of Omicron period) UHHS says “unvaccinated Utahns had a 1.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, 2.2 times greater risk of hospitalizations than the fully vaccinated, 3.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, 2.1 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than the boosted, 4 times greater risk of hospitalizations than the boosted, and 12.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than the boosted.”

Case Counts | coronavirus (utah.gov)

Washington State Data

While the Epoch Times looked at twenty-five states and America Out Loud looked at, at the most, twenty-eight states, they made no mention of breakthrough cases in Washington. On August 10, 2022, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) published its latest “SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Breakthrough Surveillance and Case Information Resource.” 

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The criteria for identifying vaccine breakthrough cases include a positive lab test (either a PCR test or an antigen test) at least fourteen days after a person received their last recommended dose of an authorized, age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccine.

The report goes on to state,

“Vaccine breakthrough occurs when someone gets infected with an organism they are fully vaccinated against. For the COVID-19 vaccine, this means someone tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 two weeks or more after receiving the primary series of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.” 

As for the boosters, the report on page thirteen states the following: 

“Because the initial matching methodology allowed us to report as breakthrough cases people that had only received the recommended primary COVID-19 vaccination series (2 doses of mRNA vaccines or 1 dose of J&J vaccine), on January 29, 2022 the report’s methodology was updated to retrospectively include people who received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to their primary series doses.”

Page three mentions the following about boosters: “In the coming weeks the Breakthrough Surveillance report will be updated to include information about booster doses.”

The following paragraph on page thirteen provides the best overview of the methodology used: 

“Beginning with the September 1, 2021, issue of this report, DOH included an additional method of identifying breakthrough cases by matching Washington Immunization Information Systems (IIS) data with new positive COVID tests using exact matches between first name, last name, and date of birth. The matching method automatically verified the vaccine doses and assured that at least 14 days had passed between the final vaccine administration date and the specimen collection date for an individual’s positive test.”

So the WA DOH definitions clearly show that they do not consider or count an individual as being “fully vaccinated” if two weeks has not yet passed since the last dose. Where do they classify all the people who get sick within those two weeks? Where is the separate analysis of those who get sick in those 2-week windows to see if there is a signal that getting injected increases risk of infection? Where is the analysis of the symptoms to see who has been hurt by the injections, rather than by COVID?

The DOH reports 670,119 breakthrough cases. Below is the age breakdown for January 17, 2021 to July 30, 2022: 

Age # of Cases

0-19     87,427

20-34 185,257

30-49 179,326

50-64 130,176

65-79 66,494

80+ 21,439

Total: 670,119

And those are only the cases that are confirmed. How many vaccinated individuals experienced one or more breakthrough cases but did not go to the doctor, did not get tested, and instead stayed home and nursed themselves with the FLCCC protocol?

In comparison to the links to the two state web sites mentioned in Dr. Ealy’s article, Maryland has 385,254 breakthrough cases, and Utah has 207,387 breakthrough cases for the fully vaccinated and 81,555 for the boosted. 

Of the 670,119 breakthrough cases in Washington, 17,197 of them resulted in hospitalizations. Of note, 547,870 of the breakthrough cases are unknown on whether they resulted in hospitalizations. In Maryland, the hospitalizations from breakthrough cases are 17,092. In Utah, the hospitalizations from breakthrough cases are, as of February 1, 2021 to the last recording, 5,431.  

Of the 670,119 breakthrough cases in Washington, 2,979 have resulted in death. The median age has been seventy-nine. In Maryland, the death toll from breakthrough cases has been 1,883. In Utah, the death toll from breakthrough cases has been 632 for the fully vaccinated and 181 for the boosted. 

Page twelve of the report makes the following point: 

“In order to understand the impact of vaccination on COVID-19, it is important to look at vaccine breakthrough cases in the context of overall vaccination rates in Washington State. Please refer to the COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status report for more details.”

This report used line graphs for 7-day case rates per 100,000 to show the following in August 2022. Of note, “primary series” means the first two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.  

Unvaccinated 12-34year-olds in Washington are

  • 1.7 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with 12-34 year-olds who have completed the primary series.
  • 4.1 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with 12-34 year-olds who have completed the primary series.

Unvaccinated 35-64 year-olds are

  • 1.6 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with 35 -64 year-olds who have completed the primary series.
  • 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with 35 -64 year-olds who have completed the primary series.

Unvaccinated 65+ year-olds are

  • 2.1 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with 65+ year-olds who have completed the primary series.
  • 3.2 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with 65+ year-olds who have completed the primary series.
  • 3.1 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared with 65+ year-olds who have completed the primary series.

Unlike, the data given in the Epoch Times and America Out Loud, the data in this DOH report used the per 100,000 persons ratio. To make a similar comparison, one has to go north of the border to Manitoba, Canada, for its May 2022 figures. 

After Data Show Vaccinated at Higher Risk of Dying From COVID, Canadian Province Ends Monthly Reports • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)

The Defender reported on August 19, 2022 that Manitoba Public Health revealed a 40% increase in risk of death associated with COVID-19 in “fully vaccinated” individuals compared to the unvaccinated. The risk of death for the unvaccinated versus the boosted was the same. Furthermore, unvaccinated individuals were 30% less likely to require hospitalization than vaccinated people, although 10% of the unvaccinated were more likely to be hospitalized than boosted people.

Manitoba inexplicably has not reported any breakthrough information since May, Instead, they announced the following on August 11:

“Monthly updates about severe outcomes after vaccination have been discontinued starting Week 31 [July 31-Aug. 6]. Manitoba Health will continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and report periodically when data allow.”

The article in The Defender then reported on the stoppage of reporting breakthrough data in other agencies. Notably, here in the United States, The Defender asked the following questions about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 

“When will the CDC resume its reporting on COVID-19 deaths, if ever? And, why did the CDC stop comparing  hospitalizations in the unvaccinated to those who completed the primary series (unboosted) back in November 2021? “

This is just one of many questions about breakthrough cases, including here in Washington. For example, why does a Manitoba Health Department report show that those who receive the COVID-19 shots to protect themselves from COVID-19 are more likely to die or be hospitalized from COVID-19 while the Washington Department of Health says that the opposite is true? Why does the DOH use different comparison ratios than other states, such as Maryland and Utah? Why does the Utah Health and Human Services conclude that those who receive the COVID-19 shots have more positive outcomes than those who did not receive the jabs while Dr. Ealy’s conclusions are just the opposite? Why do we not know whether any of the 547,870 breakthrough cases in Washington resulted in hospitalization?

Unlike other agencies, the DOH will continue to do its breakthrough reports, although, starting August 9, 2022, they will be monthly instead of weekly. One can only hope that these reports will have more thorough data and will be more consistent with other reports from around the world. In the meantime, more boosters will be coming as Washington just ordered 191,900 “bivalent” shots, which just received FDA emergency authorization and CDC endorsement, that generate the original COVID-19 strain and the omicronBA.4/5 subvariants. No human studies have been done on the new shots, but 18 mice did give up their lives in the name of science. We don’t know much else, except that the shots didn’t prevent infection in the mice.