The role of social circle COVID-19 illness and vaccination experiences in COVID-19 vaccination decisions: an online survey of the United States population
BMC Infectious Diseases volume 23, Article number: 51 (2023)
26 January 2023 Editor’s Note: Readers are alerted that the conclusions of this paper are subject to criticisms that are being considered by editors. Specifically, that the claims are unsubstantiated and that there are questions about the quality of the peer review. A further editorial response will follow the resolution of these issues.
Around the world, policymakers have clearly communicated that COVID-19 vaccination programs need to be accepted by a large proportion of the population to allow life return to normal. However, according to the Center for Disease Control, about 31% of the United States population had not completed the primary vaccination series as of November 2022.
The primary aim of this work is to identify the factors associated by American citizens with the decision to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, the proportion of fatal events from COVID-19 vaccinations was estimated and compared with the data in the VAERS database.
An online survey of COVID-19 health experiences was conducted. Information was collected regarding reasons for and against COVID-19 inoculations, experiences with COVID-19 illness and COVID-19 inoculations by survey respondents and their social circles. Logit regression analyses were carried out to identify factors influencing the likelihood of being vaccinated.
A total of 2840 participants completed the survey between December 18 and 23, 2021. 51% (1383 of 2840) of the participants were female and the mean age was 47 (95% CI 46.36–47.64) years. Those who knew someone who experienced a health problem from COVID-19 were more likely to be vaccinated (OR: 1.309, 95% CI 1.094–1.566), while those who knew someone who experienced a health problem following vaccination were less likely to be vaccinated (OR: 0.567, 95% CI 0.461–0.698). 34% (959 of 2840) reported that they knew at least one person who had experienced a significant health problem due to the COVID-19 illness. Similarly, 22% (612 of 2840) of respondents indicated that they knew at least one person who had experienced a severe health problem following COVID-19 vaccination. With these survey data, the total number of fatalities due to COVID-19 inoculation may be as high as 278,000 (95% CI 217,330–332,608) when fatalities that may have occurred regardless of inoculation are removed.
Knowing someone who reported serious health issues either from COVID-19 or from COVID-19 vaccination are important factors for the decision to get vaccinated. The large difference in the possible number of fatalities due to COVID-19 vaccination that emerges from this survey and the available governmental data should be further investigated.
…Estimates from the survey indicate that through the first year of the COVID-19 vaccination program there may be as many as 278,000 vaccine induced fatalities and up to a million severe adverse events…
January 26, 2023
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A video has appeared on Twitter in the last few hours, recorded by Project Veritas. The video purports to show a Pfizer Director, who would appear intoxicated, discussing enhancing the Covid virus with a view to developing future vaccines and directed evolution. The video in question is shown below. Before you view this, a warning.
I questioned the video, particularly the employment status of the individual claiming to be Jordon Walker, MD. The evidence offered by Project Veritas for Jordon Walker’s Pfizer credentials comes directly from James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, and was accompanied by the following text. According to O’Keefe;
“We’ve obtained internal Pfizer docs verifying Jordan Walker as Pfizer Director, Research & Development Strategic Operations. Graduated Yale 2013, Doctor Med at U of Texas Southwestern medical school. His supervisor reports to Mikael Dolsten who reports to Albert Bourla, CEO.”
The text and images left me far from convinced and I pursued the matter further. There is no image of Jordon Walker to be found online (in itself strange, given his past and medical position) and aside from published research during his years at the University of Texas Southwestern and his internship at Tufts Medical Center, no other footprint can be found for the doctor. Here is a link to his Doximity page (includes the research links) and his current medical license from New York State is shown below.
Two things are immediately apparent. Jordon Walker is either the most reclusive employee ever employed by Pfizer or he actually doesn’t work there. The other option, of course, is that his data is being meticulously scrubbed as you read this. If he does in fact work for Pfizer, then the content of the video is incredibly concerning and the level of individual employed by Pfizer to address treatments that impact our genome is even more shocking.
Until further evidence presents itself, I would recommend not amplifying this until his position is in fact validated.
Here then the video, as it appeared on Twitter
Project Veritas is an American far-right activist group founded by James O’Keefe in 2010. The group produces deceptively edited videos of its undercover operations, which use secret recordings in an effort to discredit mainstream media organizations and progressive groups. Wikipedia
O’Keefe first found fame in the early days of the Obama administration, when he conducted a sting that caused the implosion of the community-organizing group ACORN. He appears in those videos as a 145-pound beanpole in a pimp costume that incorporated his grandmother’s chinchilla shawl. These days, O’Keefe is muscled up, preferring slim, tailored suits and styling himself like a gonzo James Bond. And Project Veritas is no longer a small punk operation. In 2020, the 501(c)(3) had around 50 employees and a budget of more than $22 million, largely funded by anonymous donations from wealthy Republicans eager to see O’Keefe torment Democrats, teachers unions, the lying media, and other objects of conservative animus. (One former employee passed me a photo of a $75,000 check to the organization enclosed in a card that was inscribed GO GET THE NYT AND RANDI WEINGARTEN.) O’Keefe draws a salary of around $400,000 a year and keeps a sailboat called Lucky Charm III at a yacht club on Long Island Sound.
What is Project Veritas?
Project Veritas is a conservative media organization dedicated to secretly infiltrating progressive
organizations to produce unflattering and often selectively edited videos. Project Veritas operates under
the guise of citizen journalism, but serves a conservative political agenda without adhering to basic
journalistic ethics. The organization was founded by James O’Keefe, a protégé of Andrew Breitbart, in
Project Veritas has frequently been criticized for editing its videos to deceive its audience and
misrepresent its subjects. New York magazine described O’Keefe’s ACRON videos as having been “editedin a highly misleading way.”1 A 2010 investigation into the ACORN videos by former California Attorney General Jerry Brown, found that O’Keefe’s videos were “severely edited,” and an accompanying press release described O’Keefe as a “partisan zealot.”2 In 2016, Andrew Seaman—chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee—wrote that O’Keefe is “not an ethical journalist” and has a “history of distorting facts or context.”3
Project Veritas’ deceptive editing has been a source of continuing legal trouble for the group, which is
currently fighting at least two defamation lawsuits filed by individuals featured in its videos, and has
paid three settlements to individuals who brought defamation claims
Conservative funding, ties to anti-union donors:
Project Veritas had revenue of $3.7 million in 2015, the year for which its most recent public tax filings
are available. While most of its donors have not been publicly disclosed, we know that Donors Trust, the Koch-related foundation that has been called the “dark-money ATM of the conservative right,” has
contributed over $2.1 million since 2012. Donors Trust is funded by anonymous contributions from
Koch-network donors, which reportedly include Betsy DeVos and her husband. Donald Trump is also a
donor to Project Veritas, contributing $10,000 in 2015. Trump referenced O’Keefe’s videos during the
presidential debates, and Donald Trump Jr. has tweeted about Project Veritas videos.
Project Veritas also has links to groups that want to take down teachers unions. Denis Calabrese,
president of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, is a known Project Veritas donor. The Laura and
John Arnold Foundation is also a major funder of efforts to end defined-benefit pension plans for
teachers. Project Veritas board member Colin Sharkey is the executive vice president of the Association
of American Educators, a nonunion teachers organization funded by conservative nonprofits as a way of
weakening teachers unions.
Above is a screenshot of the title in question from LinkedIn. Correctly spelled “mRNA,” not “Mrna.” And no, this title does not belong to a Jordon Walker. Yet anti-vaxxers are rushing to share this highly questionable story as truth. At least they advertise their stupidity.
Not a chance. Not even postdocs start in positions that high up in pharma. This whole story reeks of someone lazily making stuff up.
Project Veritas loses jury verdict to Democratic consulting firm
Sept 23 (Reuters) – A federal jury has found Project Veritas, a conservative group often accused of using deceptive tactics, liable for violating wiretapping laws and misrepresenting itself in an undercover effort to target Democratic political consultants.
Jurors in Washington on Thursday awarded $120,000 to a member of Democracy Partners, co-founded by self-described progressive strategist Robert Creamer.
Democracy Partners claimed it had been infiltrated by a Project Veritas operative who lied about her name and background to obtain an internship during the 2016 presidential campaign, and secretly recorded conversations while working there.
The firm and Creamer said Project Veritas used “heavily edited” footage in videos that falsely suggested they conspired to incite violence at then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s rallies and schemed to promote voter fraud.
According to the complaint, the espionage cost the plaintiffs, who supported Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, more than $500,000 of contracts.
Project Veritas said it did nothing wrong and will appeal.
Project Veritas and Pfizer whistleblower Melissa Strickler, who claims that Pfizer is hiding the fact that human fetal tissue has been used in vaccine test development, receives US$170,000 and the sum is growing