A “tolerant” city pushes discrimination and intolerance, by Jennifer Margulis
Aug 15, 2022
About the author: Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and book author. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, earned her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Emory. Her mother was one of the most important microbiologists of the 20th century, her father was an X-ray crystallographer, her uncle won a Nobel Prize in Physics, and her other uncle, former chair of the Math Department at MIT, is known for having solved several “unsolvable” math problems.
“Dan McDunn, a father of three who owns a construction company in Berkeley, California, and his wife lost one of their best friends, to the covid vaccine on April 6, 2021.
“She was 47 years old.
“Their friend died just eight days after she was given what was likely a “hot lot” of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19. This lot, EN 6201, has been linked to at least 190 other deaths, according to data collected by the CDC.
“After their friend’s death—she was found unresponsive in her bed—McDunn and his wife made the decision to not give the vaccine to their three teenage sons.
“It was not a decision they took lightly. The pressure to get vaccinated in California is extreme and McDunn’s wife works in health care. But, after doing many hours of research, the McDunns decided that the risk of the vaccines outweighed the benefits, for them and for their children.
“‘My kids have suffered, socially and civically, for that decision,’ McDunn recently wrote in a letter to a state senator, Nancy Skinner.
“Their suffering did not come from Sars-CoV-2, however. After McDunn caught COVID-19 from a vaccinated customer, two of his teens tested positive. But, though McDunn had a mild case, the kids never had any symptoms. They did have sore wrists from playing videogames during their quarantine, McDunn jokes, but that doesn't really count.
“Instead, their family—and thousands of other families in Berkeley, California—have suffered from social ostracization, ridicule, and unkindness due to their decision not to vaccinate.”
No Entry at the YMCA
“Despite the news from the CDC last week that unvaccinated and vaccinated Americans should be treated similarly, the Berkeley YMCA continues to discriminate against all Berkeley residents who are not vaccinated.
“This morning, August 15, 2022, I spoke to a front desk clerk. She confirmed that no one who is not 'fully vaccinated' is allowed in the building. The clerk also told me that there are no exceptions. Even with a valid medical exemption, you may not enter the Berkeley YMCA.
“‘Many Berkeley High School residents rely on the YMCA, for not only routine exercise but for their state-required Physical Education credits,’ McDunn pointed out.”
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