Letter: FW Lillis, Leesburg

Editor: In his latest newsletter to constituents, Del. Dave LaRock stated that the COVID vaccines were experimental. That may be so in a narrow sense, just as the 2023 Ford F-150 will be experimental, but both the Ford and the vaccines stand on firm foundations, forged by years of research.  

These vaccines were far more extensively tested than HCQ or bleach when they were touted as treatments for COVID. mRNA vaccines have been studied for decades, and to date, more than half a billion doses have been given in this country with proven efficacy and few side effects. The deadly effects of the virus are well documented.

As did Delta, Omicron is filling the hospitals with the unvaccinated, putting an avoidable strain on our front lines. We are in the midst of another surge, testing whether our state or our nation can long endure this newest challenge. It would be helpful if our leaders sought ways to get people vaccinated rather than create doubts about the vaccines, or looked for loopholes and pseudo-exemptions. To that purpose, it would be helpful if Del. LaRock had better sources of data. Dr. Goodfriend of Loudoun County Public Health or the CDC are fine resources for credible science.

We should all celebrate Operation Warp Speed. These miraculous vaccines save lives and lower the chance for the development of the next variants. Not bad for an “experiment.” 

FW Lillis, Leesburg

11 thoughts on “Letter: FW Lillis, Leesburg

  • 2022-01-17 at 7:19 pm
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    The media and the current POTUS will never celebrate “Operation Warp Speed” because it came under the Trump administration, therefore it’s a non-story. Can you imagine where this country would be if Biden was President in 2019? He’d be so busy getting his piece of the pie from the drug companies that the death rates would be quadruple what they are now. Of course the media would have reported most of those deaths as a result of the flu, cancer, car accidents, etc. you know, the way people used to die.
    Hunter Biden would be building an empire selling his dad’s “legacy” to the drug companies and they’d all get a free painting with their purchase!
    No Democrat will ever admit it, but we are all very lucky that we had Trump as POTUS at that time. I just wish people hadn’t believed the Democrats who whined that it was racist to close the borders when the virus showed up, a lot more people would be alive today if that had happened.

  • 2022-01-18 at 10:18 am
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    These days people have a bad case of confirmation bias and they only refer to the resources /misinformation that re-enforce their beliefs. 2 years into this pandemic and we’re still talking about mask mandate and vaccinations. Like our new Governor getting rid of the mask mandates because we were all so oppressed and needed deliverance from masks /s.

    What we should be done is to lobby severe penalties for people who donot masks or vaccinate (unless medical conditions make them exempt) so when they eventually get COVID and end up in the hospital, the bill is not covered by the insurance but the burden ends up squarely on the person, since they didn’t do their due diligence with prevention.

    • 2022-01-18 at 1:36 pm
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      “What we should be done is to lobby severe penalties for people who donot masks or vaccinate (unless medical conditions make them exempt) so when they eventually get COVID and end up in the hospital, the bill is not covered by the insurance but the burden ends up squarely on the person, since they didn’t do their due diligence with prevention.”

      Oooh, that’s a dandy idea!!!

      We can also round up the fat people. And the smokers. And drinkers. And the junk food eaters.
      Let’s put ’em all in camps.

      Hey, your BMI lands safely in the “Normal” range, right?

  • 2022-01-18 at 10:44 am
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    “Dr. Goodfriend of Loudoun County Public Health or the CDC are fine resources for credible science.”

    Tell yourself whatever you need to make it through F.W..

    • 2022-01-18 at 2:46 pm
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      They’re much more credible than the seditionist Dave LaRock.

      We should recall LaRock.

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:39 pm
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    The how or why vaccinations got politicized which is probably in the top 5 of stupid things in this century so far. What we are witnessing is evolution in progress and all of us that have had vaccinations get to watch the anti vaxers die.

  • 2022-01-19 at 1:12 pm
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    Mr. Lillis your opinion became worthless when you brought up “bleach”, if you still believe that line of BS the MSM was feeding everyone you obviously have done none of your own research on any of this. Stop relying solely on CNN for your “facts”. Go watch the entire “bleach” press conference, not the snippet that CNN and others were showing. The statement was “something like a disinfectant for the body”, not “go drink bleach”. If you think people should mask/vax that’s fine, make your point, but don’t use blatant partisan lies to push that agenda.

  • 2022-01-20 at 10:01 am
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    FW, no matter how you spin it, these mRNA injections are “experimental.” And the reason they’re experimental without full approval is because — despite decades of research — scientists have never been able to figure out the technology without killing the lab rats. The lipid nanoparticle that encases the spike protein NEVER breaks down once inside the human body. It’s designed to preserve the spike protein (that’s why the vaccines have to be refrigerated) but once it’s done its job, it does not dissolve. Researchers do NOT know how these particles will affect us. Do they store up inside ovaries… lungs… the brain? Maybe they won’t harm us at all. But the harsh truth is — everyone who got the injection is now part of the control group. They’re the experiment. I’m not — because I have refused to get one. Instead, I realized that eventually I’m going to get Covid (which I did, last fall) because it’s an animal reservoir virus that will continue to mutate. The sooner more people get used to that idea and making sure they’re eating well and exercising, the sooner they can stop living in fear and go back to just living.

    Oh, and the only reason any hospitals are having a “strain on resources” is because they fired nurses and other medical staff who didn’t want their personal liberties violated via a mandatory injection.

  • 2022-01-28 at 10:31 pm
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    10 billion (with a “B”) doses have been administered with virtually no side effects. At what point does this not become experimental?

    —>”The sooner more people get used to that idea and making sure they’re eating well and exercising, the sooner they can stop living in fear and go back to just living.”

    Tell that to the 800,000 people who died while relying on their natural immunity. Vaccines work and are safe. If you are so paranoid about mRNA, get the J&J vaccine. Problem solved.

    —> “despite decades of research — scientists have never been able to figure out the technology without killing the lab rats.”

    So were still killing lab rats with mRNA technology. Sources?

  • 2022-01-31 at 8:59 pm
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    JerseyGirl — the shots are not true “vaccines” like what we think of in regard to polio, chicken pox, or meningitis. Those vaccines actually prevent you from getting the disease. But as we all now know, Covid shots don’t actually prevent you from getting Covid. Since that’s the case, then they’re not really a vaccine — they’re just a treatment.

    So why are we mandating treatments? Why do you need me to get a shot so that yours will work?

    • 2022-02-01 at 5:20 pm
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      As you point out, there are different types of vaccines with differing levels of prevention. The ones you mention are one-and-done. Others require periodic boosters. Some vaccines do not block infection but prevent serious outcomes. However, no need to get into semantics. It is pretty clear that Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, and Novavax are producing vaccines, by any definition of the word. They cause our immune systems to produce antibodies that fight COVID. Vaccines work and are safe. The FDA has granted full authorization for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and are no longer EUA.

      If there was any one reason for getting inoculated, besides the fact that it is commonly believed to reduce spread (more data is needed for omicron), and that it could possibly prevent future variants, is that vaccinated people will almost never end up in the hospital. If you haven’t noticed, many ICUs and hospitals are struggling to keep up with COVID patients. Almost every case of severe illness and death from COVID is in patients who have not been vaccinated.

      —->”Why do you need me to get a shot so that yours will work?”
      The risk of illness from COVID is magnitudes higher than any side-effects from proven vaccines. Vaccines are free and readily available. Forget about natural herd immunity. There are still more than 2000 people a day dying from COVID.

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