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Citing New Evidence, Harris Urges Governor Hogan to Suspend Youth Vaccine Mandates at Universities

June 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., today wrote Governor Hogan and Maryland Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader to urge them to put a stop to University of Maryland System vaccine mandates given the recent acknowledgement by the CDC and a published study out of Israel citing a strong correlation between the COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis or pericarditis, mostly in young men, typically between the age of 16-30.  The CDC will now convene a meeting of its immunization practices advisory committee this Friday to examine the evidence and assess these risks further.  While often times treatable with over the counter medication and surveillance, myocarditis and pericarditis remain dangerous and are defined as an inflammation of the heart muscle that present as shortness of breath and specific pain in the chest.

 

Congressman Harris wrote:

While the country’s top scientists continue evaluating the latest safety and efficacy data, some higher education campuses in Maryland continue to require student vaccination. It is unacceptable that students are being forced to make personal medical decisions as a condition of advancing their education. Students could safely return to the classroom without a vaccine requirement through reasonable safety accommodations, such as testing and mask usage for unvaccinated individuals.”

A full copy of the letter can be found here. 

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