Iowa Senator’s Bill Seeks to Tie Deaths to COVID Vaccines

State Sen. Jim Carlin, a Sioux City Republican who is challenging US Sen. Chuck Grassley in a primary, is starting the legislative session doubling down on spreading doubt and anxiety about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in general.

His Senate File 2032 requires death certificate forms to include a request for information on the date of the deceased’s most recent COVID-19 vaccination.

“Based on the information received, the bureau of health statistics shall compile data from certified death certificates documenting the deaths of individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccination within seven days of the individual’s death and shall report the data in the vital statistics of Iowa annual report,” Carlin’s bill reads.

The two facts don’t necessarily have anything to do with each other, but this bill suggests the vaccine is somehow related to a person’s death.

Carlin also introduced SF 2030, which would require businesses and companies that require proof of COVID vaccination to also accept other proof of immunity—so-called “natural” immunity—to COVID, like the presence of antibodies greater than or equal to what the vaccines do.

Studies have shown that natural immunity isn’t as good as vaccination for a variety of reasons. It wanes faster, it isn’t as effective, it exposes unvaccinated people to a higher risk of re-infection, and not everyone who recovers from COVID has protective antibodies after.

Carlin questioned and criticized vaccines last year, too.

In a subcommittee hearing, he suggested vaccines cause autism or be related to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Carlin also asked why there are so many more vaccines required now than when he was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

In that vein, Carlin has also introduced SF 2028, a bill that would require written consent from a minor’s parent or guardian before a minor is immunized or vaccinated.

Iowa common law doesn’t specify written consent, but it does say parents or guardians must consent to medical care, treatment, or services to a minor. There are some types of care to which minors can consent such as emergency care, and care for sexual and reproductive health services, which includes the HPV and hepatitis B vaccines.

Carlin also introduced a bill, SF 2031, to protect physicians from license discipline if they prescribe ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.

Neither drug has been approved for treating COVID-19.


Nikoel Hytrek

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3 Comments on "Iowa Senator’s Bill Seeks to Tie Deaths to COVID Vaccines"

  • Today the CDC said that natural immunity has shown to be more protective than vaccination.
    Also, I believe most people would appreciate an in-depth look into any possible connection between the vaccines and death, especially considering that life insurance claims among 18-64 year olds are up 40% right now and there have not been nearly enough covid deaths to explain this.

  • Here is the more complete statement which your post begs for:

    People who had previously been infected with COVID-19 were better protected against the Delta variant than those who were vaccinated alone, suggesting that natural immunity was a more potent shield than vaccines against that variant, California and New York health officials reported on Wednesday.

    Protection against Delta was highest, however, among people who were both vaccinated and had survived a previous COVID infection, and lowest among those who had never been infected or vaccinated, the study found.
    Nevertheless, vaccination remains the safest strategy against COVID-19, according to the report published in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    The results do not apply to the Omicron variant of the virus, which now accounts for 99.5% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

    “The evidence in this report does not change our vaccination recommendations,” Dr. Ben Silk of the CDC and one of the study’s authors told a media briefing.

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