The efficacy of Gardasil to prevent cervical cancer has never been validated. Post-licensure monitoring of Gardasil as required by law to verify clinical benefits of the HPV vaccine has not occurred. This has prompted concerned citizens, including this writer, to draft letters to senior scientists in the government. (1) Citizen demands that government regulators comply with the law and immediately implement an effective monitoring program to reassure the public that we are not receiving HPV vaccination for no confirmed benefit have been ignored. Indeed, there have been nationwide Pharma backed efforts to mandate HPV vaccination for minors even without parental consent or knowledge as noted above. Pharma efforts have succeeded in California and more recently Washington D.C. despite massive protests and demonstrations by citizens.
As incredible as it may seem, Gardasil injections for sixth grade girls are mandatory in California and Washington, D.C. Coalitions of concerned citizens testified in April, 2010 at the District's Finance Committee hearings. Among those giving testimony opposing mandatory Gardasil vaccinations and supporting freedom of choice and informed consent were representatives from www.noHPVshots4me.com , representatives from NVIC, as well as other groups and private citizens. This citizen's statement is attached below. (2). However, the DC Finance Committee passed the bill with complete disregard for opposing testimony from the public.
More recently, in December 2020, DC has gone further and now passed a bill that allows minors as young as 11 to consent to any recommended vaccination without their parents' knowledge — if a physician determines the child is capable of giving informed consent. (3)
You are encouraged to contact your legislators and to join your respective state grassroots organizations such as www.HealthChoiceMaryland.org or your state chapter of Health Choice.org to be informed of legislative threats in your state and to collaborate with other concerned citizens to take legislative action.
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(1). A Letter to Dr. Markowitz requesting immediate implementation of reliable post-licensure monitoring of Gardasil. Response letter from Dr. Markowitz Counter response to Dr. Markowitz-evidence lacking
(2). Statement presented April 21, 2010 by Emily Tarsell before the Washington D.C.Finance Committe
In Maryland, in February, 2010, Representative Wade Kach sponsored House Bill 411. This bill extended the sunset date for the Statewide Vaccine Advisory Committee and added a consumer representative to the committee. In addition, there was a provision to mandate state-wide public hearings on Gardasil as a precursor to a report to be sent to the Governor. The purpose of the hearings would have been to determine if consumers were being adequately informed of the risks and benefits of Gardasil. While HB411 passed, this important mandate was stripped from the bill. Below is a copy of statements from two consumers who testified in support of passing HB411 with the mandated hearings provision.
Statement presented Feb 16, 2010 by Emily Tarsell before the Health and Government Operations Committee of the Maryland General Assembly
Statement submitted February 16, 2010 by Katherine Davison to the Health and Government Operations Committee of the Maryland General Assembly