ICWA News & Views

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

by Gerald Braude

In this post:

    1. Links to Radio Show references
    2. Pericarditis and Myocarditis in Washington Children Following COVID-19 shots
    3. OFM Postpones Rulemaking on COVID-19 Shot Requirements for State Employees
    4. Silent Majority Challenges Governor Inslee’s Emergency Powers

August 12 Episode of An Informed Life Radio Notes and Links

Pericarditis and Myocarditis in Washington Teens Following COVID-19 shots

At the sixteen-minute mark on the August 12, 2022 An Informed Life Radio show on 1150 AM KKNW in Seattle and globally at CHD.TV,  hosts Bernadette Pajer and Xavier Figueroa discussed a study conducted in Thailand that showed a link between the Pfizer COVID-19 shot and myocarditis and pericarditis in teens. 

Below is a link to the study: 

Cardiovascular Effects of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents[v1] | Preprints

Bernadette recalled that 29-percent of the teens jabbed with the COVID-19 shot ended up with a cardiac issue. Xavier added that the cardiac events were mostly pericarditis with some myocarditis. Xavier further explained, “Pericarditis is the sack that is around the heart, and that can get inflamed, which constricts the heart and keeps it from breathing properly.  Myocarditis is affecting the heart tissue itself.” 

No such studies have been done here in Washington, but reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on the Center’s for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) show cause of concern:

The search function on OpenVaers.com found 47 reports of myocarditis, 17 cases of pericarditis, and 8 cases of myopericarditis in WA State, ages 0-18.

Myocarditis: https://www.openvaers.com/vaersapp/reports.php?symptoms=myocarditis&age1=0&age2=18&us_state_id=17&ov_textsearch=both&covid_only=Yes

Pericarditis: https://www.openvaers.com/vaersapp/reports.php?symptoms=pericarditis&age1=0&age2=18&us_state_id=17&ov_textsearch=both&covid_only=Yes

Myopericarditis: https://www.openvaers.com/vaersapp/reports.php?symptoms=myopericarditis&age1=0&age2=18&us_state_id=17&ov_textsearch=both&covid_only=Yes

The WA State Department of Health understands that VAERS suffers from underreporting, even of serious events. At the July 14, 2021 WA DOH Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting, Epidemiologist Chas DeBolt gave a briefing of WA cases. As of June 11, 2021 (more than a year ago), she found “97 potential cases of myocarditis, pericarditis, or myopericarditis had been reported to public health entities” in the state.  This was in all age groups. The entities cited were:

  • Facility reporting, either directly to WA DOH or through local health jurisdictions*
  • Syndromic surveillance (ESSENCE) queries*
  • VAERS searches
  • Direct patient report

DeBolt’s graph showed that 41% of those 78 cases (patients aged 30 and under) had associated VAERS Reports. 12% did not have VAERS reports, and for 41%, they could not determine.

As of August 5, 2022 OpenVaers.com shows that there have been 51,337 reports of myo/pericarditis for all ages groups from all locations that report to VAERS. Of those, 316 were in WA State.

OFM Postpones Rulemaking on COVID-19 Shot Requirements for State Employees

For the August 11, 2022  director’s meeting, the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) postponed its rulemaking process for implementing Governor Jay Inslee’s directive for requiring fully updated COVID-19 shots for state employees. The postponement came after Inslee issued an updated directive on August 5, 2022 to “incentivize” instead of mandating the booster shots. Primary shots remain on his directive to become permanent requirements. As a result, the OFM decided to withdraw the existing rulemaking filed on WSR 22-14-104. In turn, the Washington State Human Resources division (State HR) did not present these rules at the meeting. The OFM web site says that it “Intends to refile this rulemaking to align with Governor Inslee’s revised Directive 22-13.1 at a later date.”

Silent Majority Challenges Governor Inslee’s Emergency Powers

The Silent Majority Foundation (SMF) has  filed a lawsuit in Thurston County superior court challenging Governor Jay Inslee’s most recent (March 11 and 23, 2022) emergency proclamations.  

The foundation argues that under Revised Code of Washington (“RCW”), section 43.06, the governor may declare a state of emergency; however, RCW 43.06.010 requires the governor to “find” a state of emergency prior to declaring one. When these two emergency proclamations were issued, several counties (up to 4 of 39) did not have any COVID-19 cases, and several more (11 or 15) had less than ten COVID positive cases reported the week prior to the declaration of the proclamations.

 SMF goes on to state that the lack of COVID cases is extremely important for two reasons:

  1. The Governor declared the state of emergency in “all counties” of the State of Washington; the lack and low number of COVID cases in these counties should require a showing by the Governor of how he determined a state of emergency in all counties; and
  2. RCW 43.06.210 requires the Governor to terminate the emergency once order is restored “to the affected area.” This begs the question: what constitutes restoration of the area?

Separately, the Governor is on record tying the state of emergency to federal funding; he also stated that the state of emergency will end “when it makes sense that we can eliminate any requirement and not experience more death.” From the Governor’s statement, he’s not following the “data and science” he’s claimed to follow for over two years of this “emergency” that has no end in sight.

The Silent Majority’s mission is to “Implement a multi-faceted approach to Protecting Constitutional Rights.”  

In Donovan v. Vance, SMF is representing United States Department of Energy workers and contractors challenging President Biden’s Executive Orders mandating the COVID-19 shot to maintain employment.  SMF brought the case in federal court in the Eastern District of Washington and were denied the relief sought (issue an injunction stopping the mandate).  They have appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to their lawsuits, SMF works with legislators in drafting bills and initiatives to free and empower the individual. They are also challenging government regulation by commenting on proposed rules. 

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