California Dept of Public Health deceives about Covid-19 vaccines


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and others deceive regarding Covid-19, even as they try to silence their opponents by accusing them of spreading "disinfo".

For one example, see the CDPH PDF "Busting Myths with the Facts" from their "Trust and Safety team". The PDF (last updated 11/3/21) is at [1] and is archived at [2] in case it changes. It includes this:

If you see or hear of any vaccine-related rumors across social media or in your communities, share them with the Trust and Safety team at for awareness and possible action.

After reading the below, please share it with others on social media accounts associated with CDPH (@CAPublicHealth, @ericapanMD_CDPH, @GavinNewsom, @JenSiebelNewsom, etc). You can also email the CDPH and suggest they engage in the "possible action" of telling the truth.

Here's the first deceptive claim CDPH makes:

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines cause adverse reactions
Fact: Common side effects are usually mild and occur 1-2 days after vaccination. Local side effects include pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site. Other side effects include fever, fatigue, mild headache, chills, and body aches. These side effects are a sign of the body’s normal response to the vaccine when building immunity. Not everyone may experience side effects; either way, the vaccines have proven to be effective for all of us.

That's obviously deceptive. First, it's not a myth that they cause adverse reactions, as CDPH then goes on to detail. They admit fever is a possible side-effect and most people would consider that to be an "adverse reaction". If they meant serious adverse reactions, you can easily find countless people talking about how the vaccine knocked them out (if you don't already know several personally). Examples: "I was knocked off my butt with it", "the Moderna booster knocked me flat out for a solid 48 hours", etc. Someone who's flat on their back for two days isn't going to trust CDPH downplaying the severity of the adverse reaction. For more on adverse reactions that you won't find from a censored search engine like Google corporate, search at sites like zerohedge, just do your own due diligence [3]. Finally, their claim that "vaccines have proven to be effective for all of us" is false. See, for instance, "Coronavirus vaccines may not work in some people. It’s because of their underlying conditions" from the Washington Post [4], "COVID-19 vaccines may protect many, but not all, people with suppressed immune systems" from Science dot org [5], etc. etc.

Another deceptive CDPH claim is:

Myth: It is unnecessary for young, healthy people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact: As more adults and teens aged 16 and up become vaccinated, our focus shifts to our younger population, as they remain susceptible. The more vaccinations get into the arms of those eligible, the more we stop the spread of COVID-19 and shrink the pool of people vulnerable to it. When anyone is vaccinated against COVID-19, no matter what age, they are not only protecting themselves, but also helping to stop the spread to their friends, older family members, and everyone who works hard to keep our communities safe and open.

The deception in the claim that they're "protecting themselves" depends on the reader. If the reader assumes that means the vaccine keeps you from catching Covid19, that's deceptive. Large numbers of people have caught C19 ("breakthrough infections") despite having received one or more doses of the vaccine; even the CDC admits that [6]. As for "stop[ping] the spread", see e.g. "COVID vaccines cut the risk of transmitting Delta - but not for long" [7] from Nature: "The first study to look directly at how well vaccines prevent the spread of the Delta variant... shows that people who become infected with the Delta variant are less likely to pass the virus to their close contacts if they have already had a COVID-19 vaccine than if they haven’t. But that protective effect is relatively small, and dwindles alarmingly at three months after the receipt of the second shot." That's from October 2021. From January 2022, see "Effect of Covid-19 Vaccination on Transmission of Alpha and Delta Variants" [8] and others. It's also debatable (or would be, if not for widespread censorship) whether vaccinating younger people is a wise idea; see the (very poorly-named) "Great Barrington Declaration" [9]. A campaign was conducted against that proposal by tying it to Donald Trump, scaring off many from discussing the idea.

Yet another deceptive CDPH claim is:

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines are going to be a mandatory requirement from the government.
Fact: There is currently no mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement from either the state or federal government. Once more and more Californians see how safe and effective the COVID-19 vaccines are, we hope they will voluntarily opt to receive them.

Bearing in mind the PDF was last updated in November 3, 2021, three months earlier, on August 5, 2021, "the California Department of Public Health issued a new State Public Health Order (“Order”), which expressly mandates the COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers, as defined by the Order" [10] [11]. The CDPH later mandated boosters [12] [13]:

The day after the PDF was updated on November 4, 2021: "the [U.S.] Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing the details of a requirement for employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis... the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing the details of its requirement that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are fully vaccinated. The rule applies to more than 17 million workers at approximately 76,000 health care facilities... The Administration has previously implemented policies requiring millions of federal employees and federal contractors to be fully vaccinated..." [14]

Two months before the PDF was updated, the U.S. Army required Covid-19 vaccinations ("Army announces implementation of mandatory vaccines for Soldiers", September 14, 2021 [17]) and has more recently begun discharging those who won't get vaccinated [18].

There are also Covid-19 vaccine requirements for visitors by air [15] and land [16].

Attempts to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory continue. From March 2, 2022's "California legislators propose new slate of COVID-19 vaccine laws" [19]: "SB 871 would require all children 0 to 17 to get the COVID-19 vaccine to attend child care or school... AB 1993 would require all employees, including independent contractors, to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine to work in California... AB 2098 would reclassify the sharing of COVID-19 “misinformation” by doctors and surgeons as unprofessional conduct that would result in disciplinary action."

And, for overviews of state laws, see [20] and [21].

Those who try to silence opponents by accusing them of spreading "misinfo" or "disinfo" are frequently not credible themselves. And, they're a clear threat to open debate. They're also anti-science: open debate and questioning authority is the foundation of science. Please take the actions described above. Force those like CDPH to start just telling the truth and stop trying to quash dissent.

UPDATE: I filed a Public Records Act request (like a FOIA) and CDPH maintains that their deception is factual, even though it isn't. Here's their response (the second paragraph below has my request):

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) received your Public Records Act request on April 26, 2022 for:

All records relating to the email from ifwdus *at* to on March 9, 2022 at 6pm Pacific time. A copy of the email is included below and as of request time the PDF has not been revised. Please send any internal communications and a description of any actions CDPH or any other California state agency took in response to the email.

CDPH received your email on March 9, 2022, and the email is attached. CDPH does not have any additional communications pertaining to the email. After reviewing the email, the CDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Trust and Safety Team determined that no action was needed to address any pertinent trust or safety related issues.

This concludes your request.

[1] www.cdph · ca · gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Busting-Myths-with-facts-ADA.pdf
[3] Unlike the CDPH, we aren't going to treat you like you're a child. Zerohedge and other sites occasionally or frequently deceive, just like the CDPH. It's your responsibility to investigate any claims and look at the underlying data (not at who provides that data, but at the data itself).
[4] washingtonpost · com/health/2021/05/18/immunocompromised-coronavirus-vaccines-response/
[5] science · org/content/article/covid-19-vaccines-may-protect-many-not-all-people-suppressed-immune-systems
[6] covid · cdc · gov/covid-data-tracker/#rates-by-vaccine-status
[7] www.nature · com/articles/d41586-021-02689-y
[8] www.nejm · org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2116597
[9] gbdeclaration · org
[10] www.ebglaw · com/insights/now-california-actually-mandates-that-health-care-workers-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-and-sets-deadline/
[11] www.cdph · ca · gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Health-Care-Worker-Vaccine-Requirement.aspx
[12] www.beckershospitalreview · com/workforce/california-moves-back-covid-19-booster-deadline-for-healthcare-workers.html
[13] www.cdph · ca · gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Health-Care-Worker-Vaccine-Requirement.aspx
[14] www.whitehouse · gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/04/fact-sheet-biden-administration-announces-details-of-two-major-vaccination-policies/
[15] www.cdc · gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html
[16] www.dhs · gov/news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry-terminals
[17] · mil/article/250277/army_announces_implementation_of_mandatory_vaccines_for_soldiers
[18] · mil/article/253681/department_of_the_army_to_initiate_separation_of_covid_19_vaccination_order_refusers
[19] calmatters · org/health/coronavirus/2022/03/california-vaccine-laws/
[20] www.littler · com/publication-press/publication/mandatory-employee-vaccines-coming-state-near-you
[21] www.nashp · org/state-lawmakers-submit-bills-to-ban-employer-vaccine-mandates/