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In the opinion of Jaymes Elliot
In the opinion of Jaymes Elliot

It's Time to Stand Up for Our Kids

Jaymes Elliot
 October 27, 2021
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I walk by the picture probably 50 times a day. It’s framed on my kitchen wall—an aproned mother hen, hands on hips, looking down at the small yellow chicks gathered at her feet. The group is flanked by five words, all caps: “I’M THE MOMMY, THAT’S WHY!”

Parents, it’s time we reclaim this truth. 

Over the past 18 months, parental authority has been marginalized—vilified, even—in America’s post-Covid landscape. 

In March 2020, Health officials said, “Get the kids out of school!” We had no choice. 

During the 2020-21 academic year, school districts developed “Covid-19 Response Plans” that left our children masked, social distanced, and reduced to ticking germy time bombs. We were given no choice.

In October, the Biden administration unveiled its plan to inoculate 28 million 5-11 year olds with the yet-to-be-approved-for-kids Pfizer cocktail—just in time for Christmas. They’d like us to think we have no choice.

But we do have a choice—and the time to take a stand is now. 

From the moment I learned there was life growing within me, a primal desire to protect my children took hold of my heart. In the beginning, it was because they were helpless and wholly dependent on me for their very survival. Now that they’re older (I have a few of them in that vaccine-ripe range) my protection is less physical—and possibly more critical. 

My husband and I are responsible for keeping our kids safe and shouldering situations and decisions beyond their maturity level. Because they are children, we make a lot of choices for them. If we didn’t, they’d eat ice cream for breakfast and never brush their teeth. 

And we have decided the US government is not allowed to strong-arm us into giving them a Covid-19 shot. 

Let me pause for a moment to say, albeit unnecessarily, that our children are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases. We’ve given them every prescribed MMR shot and booster, the TDAP, Hepatitis, etc. But we will not subject them to a shot for a disease that poses very little risk to them if contracted naturally—and comes with shoved-under-the-rug potential side effects that are documented (see VAERS reports, for starters) and unsettling. 

At the time of this writing, the Covid-19 shot has been neither approved nor proven safe for children. In fact, other countries (see England, Sweden, Denmark) have specifically recommended kids not receive it due to the risk of myocarditis and other serious, sometimes lifelong and life-threatening adverse reactions. 

That should give you pause. 

A common argument you’ve likely heard is that you already vaccinate your kids against plenty of other diseases—why not for Covid-19? 

The short answer is this shot is not a vaccine at all, at least not in the traditional sense. It’s an mRNA shot, the first of its kind to be successfully rolled out. There is still a lot we don’t know about it and its long-term effects, especially on kids whose bodies are still growing and changing. Every other vaccine your child has probably received prevents him or her from contracting that disease; the Covid-19 shot does not. Likening it to, say, an MMR vaccine is comparing apples and oranges and concluding they’re both unquestionably red and juicy. 

In the coming weeks, I suspect none of that will matter in the deafening national discourse surrounding the inoculation of children. 

“Do the right thing, we’ve already got the doses and they’re free!” Government officials will coax. 

“It’s the safest vaccine ever made!” Pediatricians will parrot from companies and organizations profiting handsomely from its wide usage. 

“Trust the science!” Health officials will admonish. 

But if that little voice in your head offers even the weakest protest, grab hold of the truth that’s been muffled by the noise of the past year and a half: You are the parents. You make the decisions. You call the shots.   

You’re the mommy and daddy, that’s why. 

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