EDITORIAL – AstraZeneca – to jab or not to jab, that is the big question

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

MY SHOT AT THE VACCINE is coming up pretty soon and, frankly, I’m concerned.

It’s about this little problem with AstraZeneca. People have died after getting it. Not a lot of people, but some. The current wisdom is that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends it not be used on people under the age of 55.

In Europe, three dozen patients developed blood clots after receiving the vaccine. A very few didn’t survive. In actual numbers, it’s 18 people. Or maybe nine, depending on the source.

A definite link between AstraZeneca and those cases hasn’t been made. So, they say, don’t worry. Well, I do worry about what goes into this temple, the one with pre-existing medical conditions.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at


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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – AstraZeneca – to jab or not to jab, that is the big question

  1. Bill Hadgkiss // March 31, 2021 at 10:18 AM // Reply

    Maybe, because our children will be the last to be jabbed, their working built-in immune systems will be the only ones left that will survive the constant adjustment of the rules. No mask, 1 mask, 2 masks, 6ft, now 3ft in some states, is because the results from the millions of jabbed lab rats is not based on science but wishful thinking. Let’s try lock downs, oops, it’s still spreading, 2 masks will work better than one, oops, it’s still spreading. Unless deep breaths are used, shallow breaths do not change the air in the cavity and one ends up breathing their own exhaust. Yes, masks reduce the moist conversation and some people are sloppy. Check the rules. Big pharma had their liability removed in 1986 and strengthened in February 2020 so no more expensive, extensive long term results are available, hence the present concerns. Why have some of the front line Doctors, Nurses & others rejected the jab. Maybe they know something? Sincerely, Bill

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