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by Gerald Braude

In this post:

  1. Links to Radio Show references
  2. Analysis of a Comic Book

June 24 Episode of An Informed Life Radio Notes and Links

Guest Edward “Ted” Fogarty, MD

Guest Alison Morrow

Analyzing the Direct Marketing of COVID-19 Shots to Seattle Children

In our last News & Views, we posted about a comic book released from the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) titled Handbook for Health Heroes. It comes with a subtitle: Answers to Your Family’s Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids. 

In this post, we are presenting more information and an analysis of the comic book’s claims.


On its web site, Ciara Pickering, a DEEL COVID-19 communications advisor, provided the following reasoning for the comic book: 

“While vaccination rates in Seattle and Washington state are high, there is still some hesitancy and confusion, especially when it comes to vaccines for young people. The Handbook for Health Heroes walks through some of the most common questions and concerns families and kids themselves may have. The comic book acknowledges that children should be a part of the conversation and have their questions answered when it comes to their bodies and their health. With vivid imagery and kid-friendly language, this guide will help families talk to each other about COVID-19, the vaccine, and how we can all be heroes for health and help protect one another.”

Is the information presented to children factual?

The comic book uses a question and answer format. Below is an analysis of each answer. 

  1. Why should kids get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Their Answer:

Vaccines can help protect you from some of the illnesses that can make you very sick and can make the people around you really sick. We can spread the COVID-19 virus to others even if it doesn’t make us very sick.

This is an important time when we all have to do things to make sure not only we are protected, but so are the people that we love, the people that we spend time with in school, and the folks we know in our neighborhoods. 

We need the vaccine, not just for ourselves, but for the people around us. When kids get vaccinated, it protects the entire community. When more folks are vaccinated, the virus can’t spread as easily.

Analysis of the answer: False

  1. Is the kids vaccine the same as the vaccine for grown-ups? 

Their Answer:

“The COVID-19 vaccine for kids is the same kind of vaccine – the same medicine is in it to protect you… but the doctors and the scientists who made it, made it specially just for kids!

Analysis of the answer: Partly false, misleading

“The new formulation of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. contains Tris buffer, a commonly used buffer in a variety of other FDA-approved vaccines and other biologics, including products for use in children. The FDA evaluated manufacturing data to support the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine containing Tris buffer and concluded it does not present safety or effectiveness concerns.” SOURCE

And Pfizer has three formulations:

The vaccine in the purple cap includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.

The vaccine in the gray cap includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, and sucrose.

The vaccine in the orange cap includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, sucrose and sodium chloride.


The CDC on who gets what color cap: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/downloads/vaccine-at-a-glance.pdf

  • mRNA shots are not “medicine.” They are a form of genetic therapy that induces the recipient’s own cells to generate a genetically modified and stabilized form of the spike protein from the original (now extinct) variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • The shots for both adults and children were designed for the original variants and are totally mismatched for the current circulating variants. Even when the shots are “updated” they will always be behind circulating strains, be guesswork, and present all the short and longterm health risks.
  1. Can I get COVID from the vaccine?

Their Answer:

“A lot of people have heard this and the answer is absolutely not! You will not get the coronavirus infection from the vaccine.”

Analysis of the answer: Misleading.

It’s not true that a lot of people have heard that the shots can give a recipient coronavirus. However, a lot of doctors and scientists are saying, and people are hearing that:

“Unfortunately, there is no way vaccinees can rely on assistance from their innate immune system to protect against coronaviruses as their relevant innate IgM antibodies are increasingly being outcompeted by infection-enhancing vaccinal Abs, which are continuously recalled due to the circulation of highly infectious Omicron variants. In contrast, Omicron’s high infectiousness would enable the non-vaccinated to train their innate immune defense against SC-2 while the infectious and pathogenic capacity of the new SC-2 variants would be debilitated in the non-vaccinated for lack of infection-enhancing Abs in their blood.” SOURCE

In other words, the vaccinated have antibodies that enhance or encourage infection, while the non-vaccinated, and including those with naturally acquired immunity, do not.

  1. I heard kids don’t get very sick from COVID-19. Do I still need to get the vaccine if I won’t get very sick? 

Their Answer:

“It can seem like you keep hearing that kids don’t get that sick from COVID-19. Maybe they don’t get sick at all with the virus, so why would you need the vaccine, right?

Well, it turns out as we keep learning more about the virus, and as the virus kind of changes a little bit, kids do get sicker. More and more kids in the past six months or year have started to get much sicker more often with the virus and its newer strains. So it is important for kids, just like adults, to make sure that they stay healthy by getting the vaccine.”

Analysis of the answer: False and Misleading

  1. Will it hurt to get the shot? 

Their Answer:

“It’s a poke. It’s definitely a bit of an ouch, but that goes away pretty quickly. You’ve had vaccines before, right? You know how they feel. Nobody looks forward to them, but once you get through it, it’s not as bad as you thought it would be before you got the shot.”

Analysis of the answer: Misleading

  • A child may quickly recover from the pain from the needle in the arm, but rate of adverse reactions are higher than seen for any other “vaccine” every given before.
  • Harm from the COVID-19 shot to the rest of the body can occur from there, such as at the outset when Anthony Fauci was knocked out for twenty-four hours after his second dose, as reported by The Hill on January 21, 2021: Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours | The Hill and now Fauci is experiencing a relapse.
  • If vaccine recipients survive a “knockout” like Dr. Fauci experienced, they might then have to face the harms of the lipid nanoparticles and their cargo of spike-protein-generating mRNA, which do not stay in the deltoid muscle where injected, as the vaccine developers claimed would happen, but circulate throughout the body and accumulate in large concentrations in organs and tissues, including the spleen, bone marrow, liver, adrenal glands and  — in “quite high concentrations” — in the ovaries. Dr. Byram Bridle revealed this to the public after the Canadian government had awarded him a $230,000 grant for researching COVID vaccine development. ‘We Made a Big Mistake’ — COVID Vaccine Spike Protein Travels From Injection Site, Can Cause Organ Damage • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)
  • In a June 2022, a Swedish study has demonstrated and confirmed that the mRNA in the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid injections infiltrates cells and transcribes its message onto human DNA within six hours, altering our own DNA. The findings come after a previous study published in October 2021 from Sweden found the spike protein enters our cells nuclei and impairs the mechanism cells have to repair damaged DNA. Gene Therapy: Study finds mRNA COVID Vaccines enter liver and then alter DNA – The Expose (expose-news.com)
  • Also, as of June 10, 2022, the Vaccine Adverse Events Recording System (VAERS) for the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 831,801 adverse events, including 13,293 deaths and 84,151 serious injuries, following the COVID-19 shots.  Of the 13,293 U.S. deaths reported as of June 10, 16% occurred within 24 hours of vaccination, 20% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination and 59% occurred in people who experienced an onset of symptoms within 48 hours of being vaccinated.
  • As for 5- through 17-year-olds, VAERS reports, as of June 10, 2022 in the United States, 43, 573 adverse reactions from the COVID-19 shots with 2,128 rated as serious and 49 listed as a death. There has also been much concern about serious heart conditions in this age range following the COVID-19 shots, for VAERS reports 678 cases in the United States of myocarditis and pericarditis. Also for this age, VAERS has reported 210 blood clotting disorders. It is estimated the under-reporting factor to VAERS is at least xx40.
  • For 5- through 17-year-olds in Washington, VAERS reports 2 deaths, 31 cases of myocarditis and 11 cases of pericarditis following the COVID-19 shots.
  1. I’m scared of shots; what should I do?

Their Answer:

“A lot of us are scared of shots, grownups and kids, too. Sometimes it’s nice to have somebody that you love close by when you get a shot. Sometimes it’s nice to squeeze their hand really hard when you get a shot. It’s also nice to make sure that you have a Band-Aid on right afterwards. Not sure why, but that can always make you feel a little better.

For some people, it can feel sore right where they got the poke. There may be soreness in your shoulder and you could feel that the next day or the day after. Sometimes it even hurts when you move your arm around a little bit.”

Analysis or the answer: Misleading

  • For this topic of general fear of a shot, Dr. Robert Malone, who invented–through nine patents–the mRNA technology for these gene therapy shots addresses this best in a June 18, 2022  essay to his subscribers: 

“Needle Phobia

Giving children booster after booster, injection after injection, week after week is not only a bad idea for control of the virus, it is also psychologically unhealthy for children. Just stop and think for a minute, the Pfizer vaccine is a THREE dose regime as an initial prime-boost. There will be more, because we know that three doses is only going to last for a very limited time. Of course, this research was also not conducted before authorization.

A chronically ill child, that requires many visits to the doctor’s office can develop phobias, such as needle phobia, Nosocomephobia (or “white coat syndrome”, or Hemophobia or even Latrophobia. What does it do to a child to be taken to a clinic to be vaccinated – a painful procedure, week after week? To endure side-effects from a vaccine week after week? Then top this off with the 70+ other vaccines on the pediatric schedule? When does it end? To go through these procedures for a disease that is no more severe than the common cold?

  1. What if I already got COVID-19? Should I still get the vaccine?

Their Answer:

“Lots of scientists have been working on this question for a long time! And the answer is yes, you still need the vaccine. 

Your immune system is your body’s superhero defense system that fights to keep you healthy! Having had the virus does help your immune system be ready for it some, but in order to be really ready to fight off that virus if it shows up again, you need the vaccine.”

Analysis of the answer: False.

  • While lots of scientists have been working on this question, the data-supported answer is no. And it did not take a long time for scientists to figure out that naturally acquired immunity is strong, broad, and durable, and needs no “boosting.”
  • In fact, “boosting” a reaction of just the spike protein component of the original, no-longer-circulating virus, undermines the broad and durable natural protection the individual had already developed.
  • Studies show prior infection increases risk of severe adverse reactions to the shots. This was seen even by the WA State DOH Vaccine Advisory Committee way back in 2020.
  • The VAERS report of a Washington seventeen-year-old girl shows that taking this risk under these circumstances is not worth it. With no preexisting conditions, she had very mild symptoms of COVID-19 in August and fully recovered. She took a first Pfizer shot for COVID-19 on September 3, 2021 and a second jab on September 15. She was feeling completely well until October 23, 2021 when she reported to the hospital emergency room with chest pains. The cardiac cath lab was activated, and she was about to be transported when she suffered cardiac arrest. She was not able to be resuscitated and died. Cause of death was possible acute myocarditis caused by the shots.
  • The story of the aforementioned Dr. Robert Malone  further shows that the risk is not worth it.  After recovering from COVID-19, he took the Moderna shot and hit stage three hypertension.  Thanks to an astute and skilled cardiologist, he survived.
  1. What if my birthday is coming up, and I turn twelve after my first dose but before my second dose?   

Their Answer:

“Unlike a lot of other medications, vaccine dosages are based on age and not size or weight.

If you turn twelve between your first and second dose of the vaccine, your second dose should be the vaccine for adolescents and adults.

Analysis of the answer: Misleading

  • There is no science or data supporting an age-only based dosage for any vaccine, or the mRNA shots, rather than size and weight and as importantly, individual immune system status. Basing dosage on age only–as if every 12 year old’s immune development, health status, and genetics are the same–is done for convenience of creating schedules, not the best interest of the individual child. In the case of mRNA shots, there is no safe dose for anyone at any age.
  • VAERS data shows death reports from COVID-19 shots differs between the two pediatric age groups. Is this due to fewer parents choosing to get their younger children the shot, and so fewer VAERS reports? Or is it due to the dosage difference, increasing risk for older children because of the higher dose being given without regard for the individual child’s health needs and immune system status? Or is it due to the increased risk of the vaccine ingredients because of age-associated conditions, such as muscle mass, immune system maturity? Or a combination of all? So many questions not being answered by public health agencies.


  • Ages 5-11: 5
  • Ages 12-17: 44

Adverse events: 

  • Ages 5-11: 11,370
  • Ages 12-17: 32,203


  • Ages 5-11: 0
  • Ages 12-17: 62

Heart Inflammation: 

  • Ages 5-11: 22
  • Ages 12-17: 62

Blood Clotting disorders: 

  • Ages 5-11: 44
  • Ages 12-17: 166

The comic book concludes that the shots are “safe and effective,” which is demonstrably false. The FDA & CDC fully admit that the shots do not prevent infection, transmission, severe disease, hospitalization, or death. They fully admit the shots do cause myocarditis, blood clots, and other dangerous side effects.

It was mentioned during recent FDA VRBPAC and CDC ACIP meetings by committee members that they must remember Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) does not mean “safe and effective” — it means the FDA has looked at the limited data provided by the vaccine makers [who are profiting in the billions and shielded from liability] and decided they felt the potential benefits outweighed the known risks.

Tens of thousands of doctors and scientist have publicly disagreed.

Anyone who watched the FDA & CDC meetings learned that there is simply not enough data to really know anything and anyone receiving a shot is participating in a massive, shoddily run, clinical trial without informed consent.

The health heroes in Seattle’s comic book–and this nation’s children–are participating in an experiment. There is nothing comical about that. Dumbing down the science and lying to children is only further eroding trust in public health entities.