Dr. Bonnie Henry is defending British Columbia’s common sense back to school pandemic guidelines against calls from some parents and teachers who feel schools should take away freedom of choice and force all children in schools, even when healthy and not sick, to be masked up with tougher COVID-19 restrictions.
It is the students or parents choice if they want to wear a mask or not and everyone should respect each others freedom of choice and decisions around masking.
The guidelines are pretty similar to the guidelines for other viruses. On Thursday the released guidelines encourage parents to have their children shot up with the Covid-19 “vaccine” and remind students to stay home if they are sick (no different than with respiratory illness season such as the common cold or flu), and masking has returned to being optional and described as “personal or family choice.”
According to B.C. Government COVID-19 analysis, based on the much more severe Delta variant, kids are very low risk of severe illness from Covid-19 even without the shot and Omicron is much much more mild compared to delta.
It is up to the parents or students to know their benefits to risk before getting jabbed because as real world data shows, the Covid-19 “vaccine” doesn’t reduce transmission. Dr. Moore, Ontario’s health official also said for people to evaluate and know their own benefit to risk.
Henry, who called compulsory masking a “blunt tool,” said the province will monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, and be ready to employ temporary measures when and if they are needed.
“We need to tailor the measures that we have for what we’re dealing with now, and I think these are the appropriate measures for as we’re heading into the fall,” she said in an interview Friday.
“We are in a very different place than we were even a year ago with the high level of immunity and the exposure to the virus that we’ve had, and the virus itself has changed to where it’s much more transmissible but doesn’t cause severe illness.”
The most common variants of Covid-19 is now Omicron BA.4 and BA.5. The covid-19 vaccine was developed for the Delta variant and had little efficacy between 0% and approximately 20% after just 6 weeks post shot. There’s currently no Covid-19 “vaccine” developed for the Omicron variant especially the BA.4 and BA.5 versions.
Some parents and teacher’s continue to cling on to Covid-19 fearmongering where some parents feel they need to “choose between school or health,” thinking with the fallacy that healthy kids not wearing a mask is some how putting their child at risk.
Wide-ranging blanket mask mandates won’t be coming back, according to Henry, a member of the working group that created the guidelines.
“It’s a very blunt tool, and it’s kind of a tool of last resort,” Henry said. “It needs to be in the context of what’s happening in the community and what’s happening across the province, and whether there is a real need for that type of restriction, especially a legal mandate like that.”
Like always, seasonally, and no different with other raspatory illnesses, Henry says she expects to see an increase of Covid-19 and other respiratory illness in October, November, and December with the return of particularly influenza.
Clint Johnston, president of the BC Teachers Federation, says the union wants to get all kids “vaccinated” but admits that’s not the solution to prevent transmission.
“We fully support vaccination and we’d hope that everyone who can is getting a vaccine, [but] to prevent actual transmission, vaccinated or not, we’re still looking at masks and ventilation as two of the really key pieces of that,” he said.
During a court cross examination challenging Covid-19 vaccine mandates for travel reveled there is no effectiveness studies of the Covid-19 “vaccine”, which was developed for the delta, against the now dominant Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub variants.
Public health agency of Canada “just completed the risk assessments for BA. 4 and 5 and there are no vaccine effectiveness studies available yet,” Galanis said on June 23, 2022 at the cross examination. adding “people who are vaccinated mount a less strong response against BA.4 and BA.5 than they did against BA.1 which is the comparator variant. BA.1 being the first Omicron”