In Friday’s front-page article, “San Mateo County braces for winter rise in COVID cases,” reporter Sierra Lopez reported that as vaccinations increase, bolstered by FDA’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age, Deputy San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Curtis Chan indicated that “progress would also put the county on track to have indoor masking mandates lifted by the end of December,” considering that the county already meets the hospitalization criteria.

Lopez added, “If infection rates also remain low for another week, the county will have been in the yellow moderate transmission risk tier monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meeting another criteria.”

Sadly, that ship sailed on Saturday when the county was downgraded to orange or “substantial transmission” on the CDC’s “COVID-19 Integrated County View” map.

It would seem that winter has come early to California. The New York Times coronavirus tracker reports on Saturday that average daily new cases have increased by 25% in the last two weeks to nearly 6,900, and in San Mateo County by 32% to 59, despite decreasing nationwide by 14% to 73,000.

Dr. Chan noted that children need to be vaccinated to protect the greater community, particularly seniors. I would urge seniors to receive their booster shots if eligible, as well as others who qualify, ASAP, as it looks like cases are on the rise earlier than expected.

Irvin Dawid


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When reading Terrence Y.’s comments above lobbying against the vaccine, everyone should remember that he regularly uses the phrase “our great President Trump” in the SMDJ Letters to the Editor section. Didn’t “our great President Trump” take credit for developing the vaccine that TY is arguing against?

And his selective facts are also interesting. Yes, a COVID-infected vaccinated person can also spread the disease as TY indicates, but it is very likely that breakthrough infections occur in vaccinated people ***whose immunity has either waned*** after 6+ months from their last shot and/or who have been in ***unmasked*** close contact with an infected person. The data show that even in these situations vaccinated people still get less severe cases of COVID than the unvaccinated and have a far lower probability of dying. I am not even going to comment on his conspiratorial claims about Ivermectin, mainly used for deworming horses, which is another far right extremist cause celebre on the Internet. There is only one description that applies here: “Fake News!”

Terence Y

Maybe, Mr. Kristofferrson, you can review the studies showing the effectiveness of HCQ and Ivermectin – of which numerous countries, particularly India and now Indonesia, have used as effective treatments for COVID. The following sites reference over 400 studies that show the effectiveness of these drugs during the progression stages of COVID. Who knows how many deaths could have been prevented by the early adoption of these drugs, which have been around for at least 40 years.



Perhaps then, you'll understand why mainstream media is known for spreading fake news and repeating Democrat lies, of which, it appears, you repeat, to the detriment of people attempting to recover from COVID without the help of these drugs.

Tommy Tee

David--in case you didn't know, we are so lucky to have Terence on this site: He is an expert on science, medicine, education, climate change, the economy, politics, water usage, housing, and everything conspiracy related.


Tommy Tee,

I thought you might be going that direction so I was prepared and did not take a sip of coffee before reading the rest of your comment. I will add that he is also an expert on truth, justice and the American way.[smile]

Tommy Tee

Oh, darn--I forgot that!!

Terence Y

Wow, Taffy, putting me in the same company of Superman! I’m flattered. But you too can learn to become an expert on truth, justice, and the American way. You just need to get in the “right” lane heading in the “right” direction. More homework may be required so there may not be time for your panda diet study. But trust me, it’s worth it.

Terence Y

Tommy - thanks for the shout-out. Of course I need to be well-versed in conspiracy theories. The better I understand the opposition, the easier it is for me to debunk Democrat and mainstream media fake news and lies. BTW, thanks for the compliment. I wouldn’t really consider myself an expert, just a person with common sense, the ability to root out the truth, and the wisdom to not be easily fooled by fake news and lies.

Tommy Tee

Terence--I would like to thank you for your continual comic relief. It is much appreciated.

Terence Y

Tommy, you’re very welcome. I must return the favor and thank you and your fellow left-wingers who provide me with continual comic relief due to all of your inabilities to list a single Biden accomplishment. That’s even more appreciated, on a daily basis.

Irvin D.



Mr. Kristofferson,

I think you are aware that most of the regular readers of the comment section of the DJ are aware of Terence Y's funny figures and phony facts, but it is good to make it known for any newcomers to the DJ.

Terence Y

Unfortunately, Mr. Dawid, jabbed folks have the same ability as non-jabbed folks to spread COVID. COVID will do what it wants to do, regardless of your jab status. The bigger question is whether parents want to expose their kids to a non-FDA approved jab to potentially suffer side effects, including death.

April Northrup

From the FDA website press release of Oct. 29th:

“ Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age.”

“ In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.

Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.”


Tommy Tee

Great news!!

Terence Y

Ms. Northrup – thank you for the information and the link. However, you’ll notice this “vaccine” isn’t approved, only authorized for emergency use. Potentially a big difference, and not just in effectiveness. Look at countries with a high vaccination rate. They are still having COVID outbreaks. Wasn’t there just an outbreak in Ireland – and they’re what, 90% jabbed? Isn’t Israel up to 4 jabs? Theoretically, the FDA could authorize for emergency use the consumption of eye of newt or bear gall bladders for some ailment, but that doesn’t mean the product will ever be approved. Didn’t one of the FDA folks say, “But we’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it. That’s just the way it goes.”? Yep, that’s what emergency use allows. Does anyone want their kids to be human guinea pigs? Your kid’s bodies, your choice. Do the research and make an informed choice. Your kids depend on it.

Regarding side effects, I’d recommend you visit the CDC VAERS site. Per the links below (you can tailor your own criteria), as of last week, according to VAERS, people have experienced over 720,000 adverse events due to the jab, including over 9000 deaths, over 10,000 life threatening side effects, over 10,000 permanent disabilities and over 43,000 hospitalizations. As for kids ages 6 to 17 (unable to narrow to age 11), they’ve experienced over 25,000 adverse events due to the jab, including over 25 deaths, over 250 life threatening side effects, over 100 permanent disabilities and over 1300 hospitalizations. Why would you want to subject your kid to these side effects if they’re healthy?

https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/saved/D8/D244F666 for all ages

https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/saved/D8/D244F667 for ages 6 to 17

Meanwhile, just today, we hear from a Mayo Clinic study that people receiving the J&J jab are 3.5 times more likely than the general population to develop blood clotting in the brain. And for women, it is even higher. That’s what emergency use allows.

Instead of attempting to jab everyone and everything under the sun with a non-approved jab, maybe the government should be focusing on treatments. India and Indonesia have had great success with Ivermectin. What do they know that the US doesn’t know? Or maybe what the media doesn’t want you to know?


"...people have experienced over 720,000 adverse events due to the jab, including over 9000 deaths, over 10,000 life threatening side effects, over 10,000 permanent disabilities and over 43,000 hospitalizations."

You're ignoring the notes at the bottom of these VAERS reports:

"Note: Submitting a report to VAERS does not mean that healthcare personnel or the vaccine caused or contributed to the adverse event (possible side effect)."

"VAERS accepts reports of adverse events and reactions that occur following vaccination. Healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public can submit reports to VAERS. While very important in monitoring vaccine safety, VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness. The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. Most reports to VAERS are voluntary, which means they are subject to biases. This creates specific limitations on how the data can be used scientifically. Data from VAERS reports should always be interpreted with these limitations in mind."

You would be more accurate if you said, "People MAY have experienced over 720,000 adverse events due to the jab".

Irvin D.

The vaccine for 5-11 y.o.'s was "authorized" (for emergency use), as April indicates, on Oct. 29. However, the same Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for 16+ y.o.'s (adult dosage, unlike for children) on Aug. 23. It goes by the name Comirnaty now.


Significantly, it is the first COVID-19 "approved" vaccine.

Hooray! [I got Moderna, but I'm happy for Pfizer and BioNTech].

Irvin D.

Just to add to what Lambertjh wrote below about relying on the CDC VAERS site for data, see this "fact check" from USA TODAY, June 28, 2021:

"Fact check:COVID-19 vaccines don't produce dangerous toxins

Deaths reported to VAERS are not a "death toll." The database includes all serious adverse events following vaccination against COVID-19 — regardless of whether the vaccines are to blame. There have been more deaths reported to VAERS following COVID-19 vaccination than for other vaccines, but experts told USA TODAY that's not because the vaccines are deadly. Anti-vaccine advocates have erroneously cited the database for decades."


Irvin D.

Do read the AP story just posted by the DJ about the CDC's advisory committee recommending the Pfizer-BioNTech shot for 5-11 y.o.s. I found the information very compelling.

Snip: "CDC officials calculated that for every 500,000 youngsters vaccinated, between 18,000 and 58,000 COVID-19 cases — and between 80 and 226 hospitalizations — in that age group would be prevented, depending on the pandemic's trajectory."


That's what my letter is about – the trajectory. A good word to use! :-)

Irvin D.


And what happens when a jabbed person gets infected vs. an unjabbed one?

Terence Y

Mr. Lambert at bat and Mr. Dawid on deck…

Mr. Lambert, I agree it would be more accurate to say “may” as long as we include “may” in regards to the number of reported COVID deaths. After all, we know hospitals receive a greater reimbursement rate (up to three times, from some reports) for COVID deaths than for regular deaths, providing financial incentive to overestimate the number of deaths due to COVID. As far as I know VAERS reports do not receive any financial compensation so chances are, VAERS reports understate the number of side effects due to COVID.

Mr. Dawid, regarding Comirnaty… Will we actually see Comirnaty vials now? After all, won’t Pfizer lose legal immunity for side-effects due to their jab? Why would they claim approval when they receive immunity from legal liability under their EUA? I guess somebody is receiving immunity, and it’s not the people getting jabbed. People getting their jab, you should always check the vial that jabbers are pulling from, but now, take a picture of the vial so if it’s a Comirnaty label, you can potentially sue Pfizer for side-effects.

As for fact checks and what happens to a jabbed person vs. an unjabbed one… I would take any “fact check” from USA TODAY with a grain of salt. That’s like having the NYT fact check the Amazon Post. What happens to a jabbed person vs. an unjabbed one? We have an idea, based on current VAERS reports, but long-term, we don’t know. I’d direct you to the Biologics License Application (BLA) approval (see link below). Under the Page 5 section of Pediatric Requirements, you’ll see three studies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the jab for kids. Note this is after the fact, after kids have become guinea pigs. On Page 6, under Postmarketing Requirements Under Section 505(o), you’ll see six studies related to issues with taking the drug. Again after adults have been guinea pigs.


Again, do the research and make an informed choice. You may have already decided to be a guinea pig since it’s your body, your choice. Is it fair for governments to mandate that choice for you, with an unproven drug? For kids, it’s their body but still your choice. Do you want your kids to be guinea pigs? Hopefully they’ll outlive you, but is it worth taking a chance on an unapproved product? Of which long-term effects are unknown?

Meanwhile, another study shows the effect of mRNA COVID vaccines on pregnant women, those breastfeeding and those of childbearing age. Let’s just say, it’s not good.

Irvin D.

Terrence, you ask me to do the research.

I ask you, how many people have died from COVID-19 in San Mateo County, California, the U.S., and the world?

Answers as of Nov. 3, 2021 (we don't know how long the deaths will continue, sadly):

San Mateo: 625

California: 72,000+

U.S.: 748,000

World: "The coronavirus is responsible for more than five million confirmed deaths around the world as of Monday, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University," reported the NYT on Nov. 1. "Such a loss would wipe out almost the entire population of Melbourne, Australia, or most of the nation of Singapore."


Terence Y

Irrvin, I’d like to agree with your numbers, however, we already know they’ve been “juiced,” for the reasons I listed in a previous comment. But for argument’s sake, let’s assume your numbers are correct.

For San Mateo County, how many COVID deaths are attributed to kids up to age 19? 0. So from this data, why would anyone want to jab kids with an unapproved jab? Obviously, there’s no threat of death after over 10,000 COVID cases in our county for that same age range. Again, your body, your choice. Your kid’s bodies, your choice, too. Do the research and make an informed choice.

Continuing on to CA and the US, how many deaths could have been avoided if HCQ or Ivermectin was prescribed as treatment for those suffering from COVID or as a prophylactic? As stated in my response to Mr. Kristofferson, the links showing their effectiveness are there for anyone's perusing pleasure.

Look at what happened to the number of new cases and deaths in India and Indonesia after they provided Ivermectin care packages. You’ll see steep drops in the graphs correlating to when Ivermectin was gifted to their folks. As I said in my response to Ms. Northrup. What do they know that the US doesn’t know? What do the mainstream media not want you to know? How many of those 72,000+ souls in CA could have been saved? How many of those 748,000 souls in the US could have been saved? How many of those 5 million souls could have been saved? Remember, HCQ and Ivermectin have been around for at least 40 years.

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