Guest Post: Peter West -It’s a Vaccine, Jim, But Not As We Know It

Doctor vaccinating a child for polio in a mobile clinic as part of an anti-polio campaign in Western Australia, July 1956, National Museum of Australia

Who knew the term “non-sterilising vaccine” six months ago? If you did not, you are in plentiful company. Maybe the woke young, who know everything, knew about it, but for oldies like me, a vaccine was a vaccine was a vaccine. It protected you from the thing you were vaccinated against, and because you couldn’t catch it, you couldn’t pass it on.

That’s old fashioned. The CDC definition of terms includes [my emphases]:

Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.

Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.

These definition were introduced by the CDC…let me see… “Page last reviewed: September 1, 2021”…weeks ago.. Before then, the definitions were (26th August, 2012; page last reviewed: May 16, 2018):

Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.

Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

Science moves so fast.

The hey-day of vaccines was the 50s and 60s, and the stars of the show were smallpox and polio vaccines. Both diseases are caused by viruses, and, like the common cold, measles and herpes, those viruses are particular to humans – they have no other hosts. That characteristic makes it possible, even if not practical, to eliminate the disease.

Some years ago, the WHO announced the death of smallpox. (It wasn’t quite dead, but it was on life support in labs about the place, just in case, heaven forbid, some other rogue state decides to use its lab supply to produce biological weapons.) But to eliminate a virus, you have to have a sterilising vaccine; or, in terms most people understand, one that works.

Think of it this way. There are measures you can take to prevent disease; for example, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, along with plenty of sunlight to top up your Vitamin D levels. These are prophylactic measures, but they’re non-sterilising prophylaxis. You can still get crook. It’s just that, compared to an obese person, or a person suffering from some immunodeficiency, or a person with a heart ailment, you have much less chance of catching whatever disease happens to be doing the rounds. If you do get sick, though, and you have good medical treatment available to you, you come under a therapeutic regime in the care of your doctor and, if it’s severe enough, hospital staff. The purpose of the therapies is to reduce the severity of the disease. The therapy may be non-sterilising (addressing the symptoms only) or, thanks to modern medical advances, sterilising (as penicillin was initially.) These are unexceptional health-care measures (though particular therapies will vary greatly in effectiveness), and the same general principles have applied for millennia before the advent of vaccines. In the case of prophylaxis and the ameliorating of symptoms, the aim is to reduce the likelihood of contracting disease, and, should that fail, to reduce the severity of the disease.

The story we are now hearing about the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is that they do just this, and only this. But that was not always the story.

When SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were first touted, soon after our international border was closed, they were to be the definitive solution to Covid-19, eliminating all concerns about the virus and allowing us to get back to “normal.” That story is still essentially the public version of vaccine reality, as promoted ceaselessly by the media, Chief Medical Officers and Ministers of the Crown. But, quietly, the notion of getting back to normal has been nudged, prodded and shouldered off the stage. Normal has become new normal, a horse of a different colour. New normal starts with vaccinations, but somehow masks are here to stay, along with anti-social distancing, perspex shields and lines on the floor in shops and supermarkets, QR codes at every doorway, and a general level of hostility and suspicion.

The cracks in the foundations began with the surge of adverse events, as reported by VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, in the U.S., and the Yellow Card system in the U.K. Nobody believes that these systems are accurate reflections of the actual numbers of such events. All agree that these are under-reported, but no-one knows by how much.

The Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the U.S. FDA for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines was issued in December of 2020, for persons older than 15 and older than 17, respectively. In May of 2021, the Pfizer EUA was extended to adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. In the same month, the CDC recommended that children from 12 years old should have the vaccine. At the time, the CDC’s own best estimate of Infection Mortality Rate for the 0-19 years age group was 3 per 100,000 infected; 0.003%

At the end of June 2021 that the FDA added a myocarditis warning to the vaccine fact sheets. Studies noted that the risk was greatest in younger males.

While this was happening, it was gradually becoming obvious that vaccinated people were getting sick, and vaccinated people were dying. Obvious, that is, unless you were getting your information from the nightly news. If it were to turn out that similar numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated were becoming ill and were dying, what would happen to the vaccine push? Fortunately for politicians and drug companies, scientists determined that the vaccinated people were much less likely to become ill, and much less likely to die. Sighs of relief all round. That in spite of, for example, a study of an outbreak in Barnstable County Massachusetts, which found that 74% of those who tested positive were fully vaccinated. Only five of those required hospitalisation, but four of them were fully vaccinated.

So what do these vaccines actually do, or more precisely, what do they not do, as opposed to what we were told they would do? They are to some yet-to-be-determined extent, prophylactic. The deeply-ingrained acceptance of vaccination, in general, in Australia arises from their original promise: effectively complete prophylaxis. We didn’t take earlier vaccines in order to make our bout of smallpox or polio less dangerous to some uncertain extent. When the Covid-19 vaccines were introduced, no-one who was hectoring us to take them was saying that we would still get infected, would still pass the virus on, would still get sick, but not as badly, and would still die, but not as many of us.

Yet that is the reality, and the new story was brought centre-stage without a blush or a hint that it was a brand-new narrative. Nothing to see here, folks. Are we so used to being lied to?

How, then, does the vaccine differ from any other protocols of incompletely effective prophylactic measures and possibly incompletely effective therapy if the disease is contracted? It differs in this; that the vaccine is a threat to your health and your life.

If there are protocols of proven effectiveness in prevention and treatment of Covid-19, and there is an abundance of evidence to suggest that this is the case, then those who suppressed such protocols are culpable for a considerable measure of the suffering, debility and death that has been wrought by Covid-19. They are also culpable for every sickness, debility and death from the vaccine.

If I am denied accurate and complete information about the risks of the vaccine, including appraisals of rushed vaccine roll-outs in the past, or about the availability of alternatives, I am denied the possibility of informed consent. That is a denial of one of my most basic human rights in a supposedly free society.

Active, ceaseless, recalcitrant suppression is the hallmark of our political “leaders,” CMOs, legacy media and especially social media. The medical profession has largely cowered in silence, when they have not actively been part of the suppression and the touting for the vaccines. If the protocols are shown to be effective, all of these people have blood on their hands.

It’s not up some some lesser crested cockatoo on TV, or the CMO of the Administrative State, or the Prime Minister, to decide what risks I take with my life and health. Were I a serf, that decision would rest with the Lord of the Manor. If the elites lording it over us think that they can take those decisions for us, it makes crystal clear what their view of us plebs is. But I insist that I am a citizen, and I insist on making those decisions about myself for myself, and I insist on the information I need to make that decision.

There is a crucial difference between the risks I run from SARS-CoV-2 and the risks I run from a vaccine. I can minimise the risks I run from the virus. I know enough about its habits and its preferences to adjust my behaviour to try to avoid it. I can take advantage of the now commonplace changes to workplaces and spaces. I can take advantage of online orders and contactless pickup. Or I can take my chances in shops and malls. Most importantly of all, I could, until last Friday, find a GP who will offer me the best alternative prophylactic and, should I become infected, therapeutic protocols that have been determined by his colleagues around the world.

But there is nothing I can do to neutralise the risks of the vaccine; except refuse to take it.

As a postscript, I acknowledge Alex Berenson, whose Substack post wended its way to me and alerted me to the change in the CDC definitions. He also pointed out that the so-called vaccine is in fact a therapy.

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Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
September 20, 2021 3:21 pm

Many thanks for this excellent essay PS. I wonder, are informed, rational analyses such as yours already overwhelmed by the tsunami of fear generated by the politicians, CHO’s et al? Is it too late?

September 20, 2021 3:22 pm

War is peace.
Gene therapies are vaccines.
Slavery is freedom.

September 20, 2021 3:25 pm

Thank you Peter.

This post needs much wider dissemination.

Botswana O'Hooligan
Botswana O’Hooligan
September 20, 2021 3:27 pm

When they first came out one of those Salk vaccines caused me to run a terrible temperature and had me in hospital with a paralysed LH leg for several weeks and more than 70 years later all my aches and pains are in the LH side leg and hip. I have never had the ‘flu despite not getting a vaccine for one dose of that also had me in hospital. So much for compulsory vaccines for some of us don’t need them for they are liable to kill us. A compulsory vaccine for an old bloke like me and many others who have natural immunity is downright frightening, it really is for we are powerless against these dictatorial governments.

Rob L
Rob L
September 20, 2021 3:30 pm

Excellent writing once again Peter. As an additional consideration what about the durability of any beneficial effect of the so called vaccines. It appears any protection they do offer wanes significantly in as little as six months.

September 20, 2021 3:31 pm

Great post.
Thanks Peter, keep it up.

He also pointed out that the so-called vaccine is in fact a therapy.

A very lucrative one at that.

September 20, 2021 3:34 pm

It’s not up some some lesser crested cockatoo on TV, or the CMO of the Administrative State, or the Prime Minister, to decide what risks I take with my life and health.

Sociopath Dictator For Life Dan believes he is above all that and us mere mortals, so shut up and cop the jab!

September 20, 2021 3:41 pm

You got to the guts of it here very well.

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
September 20, 2021 4:06 pm

Mercenary scientists, big pharma, dickhead governments et al.
They can queue to kiss my arse.

September 20, 2021 4:32 pm

I was surprised to find today, when my hairdresser rang to arrange an appointment (28 October the intended date on the basis that lockdown would end thereabouts) that I was to be denied service because not double-jabbed. According to this person whose client I have been for ten-plus years, it is ‘the law’. Apartheid has begun in earnest. I can’t find any trace of such legislation but no point in arguing. This is Victoria after all. Reality has no meaning.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
September 20, 2021 4:58 pm

Great post Peter – clear and inexorable.

September 20, 2021 5:03 pm

Excellent post.

It’s a Claytons Vaccine.

The vaccine you take when you’re expecting a Vaccine.

September 20, 2021 5:06 pm

Food for thought there, Peter. Thank you.

As an aside, the Queensland Health Employment Direction 12/21, which mandates Covid-19 vaccination for all employees, includes the directive that employees must continue to receive further vaccine injections as advised by the official body (I forget the acronym) in order to remain compliant with the Direction. In other words, the timeline and quantification is open-ended.

September 20, 2021 5:15 pm

Crystal clear Peter Smith. Thanks. The CDC re-definition is damming.

September 20, 2021 5:21 pm


Fauxxination (n) – a tether to tyranny posing as a cure

John Bayley
John Bayley
September 20, 2021 5:24 pm

As the author correctly points out, the vast majority of Australians believe the ‘vaccine will save us’ narrative because they have been taught a vaccine does just that. As, after all, the examples of measles etc have demonstrated.

Thanks to the ‘terrible twins’ of mass and social media not alerting them to the fact these new ‘vaccines’ are actually not at all like the ‘old’ ones’, it follows that in the mind of much of the public, today’s mRNA & viral vector injection ‘refuseniks’ must surely be the part of the crazy, tinfoil hat-wearing ‘anti-vaxxer’ crowd.

It is, however, quite remarkable that despite the above framework, the same media, echoing the government authorities, have also apparently managed to convince the sheeple that even when they’ve been themselved ‘jabbed’, they are still not safe – because the unvaxxed are a danger to them.

The obvious contradiction of these two viewpoints is quite something to behold, and perhaps it explains just how ordinary Germans suddenly came around from being friends with their neighbours to calling the gestapo, pinning yellow stars on their shirts and clapping while they were being packed onto trains heading to the concentration camps.

September 20, 2021 5:54 pm

I’m no spring chicken but I am damned good at research and picked most of this early. You’ve given a very good explanation of just where we are and how we got here.
What is still a known unknown is the severe consequences of the combined malevolent behaviours of thousands world wide. It won’t remain unknown indefinitely.

September 20, 2021 5:58 pm

Thanks Calli, got it.
Hmmm, is it time for another round?

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
September 20, 2021 6:40 pm

Hooray for me.
Had to get tested today for the rona today somI could attend my cardiologist on Thursday.
I passed the exam.
Nicotine and alcohol. Nature’s wonder drugs.
Fucking deluded panicked sheep that make up this country now.
They can kiss my arse.

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
September 20, 2021 6:42 pm

Didn’t pass spellcheck though.
SomI should have read so I.
Big thumbs. Big …..

September 20, 2021 6:59 pm

As I have suspected since last year, the CDC are lackeys to the leftist woke political classes and Big Pharma. Spin Doctors.

September 20, 2021 7:21 pm

But, quietly, the notion of getting back to normal has been nudged, prodded and shouldered off the stage. Normal has become new normal, a horse of a different colour. New normal starts with vaccinations, but somehow masks are here to stay, along with anti-social distancing, perspex shields and lines on the floor in shops and supermarkets, QR codes at every doorway, and a general level of hostility and suspicion.

Mmm…not in my neck of the woods.

Purely anecdotal, and I don’t live in a capital city, but my research suggests that people are submitting to the vaccine because they don’t want to have to wear masks, have to abide by absurd limitations on how many people can attend a funeral service when nobody is at the door of Coles counting how many people go in, or bother with the QR ritual (which most don’t abide by in any case) and artificial social distancing measures.

In short, they want normal back and they’re going to be cranky if they don’t get it.

If governments think they can extend this indefinitely they may be in for a surprise.

September 20, 2021 7:27 pm

As someone I know mentioned on twitter, picnic in the park rules are being stretched to the limit.
And that was on a cold miserable Sunday.
The station carpark that was completely empty in last September’s hard lockdown is now almost full.
The number of people who comply explicitly with every iota of the rule could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
September 20, 2021 10:01 pm

Excellent pamphlet, I’m going to distribute it as wide as I can.
But one point- please Peter, if you’ve determined that the “vaccine” is a therapy, do not refer to it as a “vaccine”- call it a therapy, or an injection, or a needle. Needle is best, it winds up the Karens, because a needle, and a needling, is essentially an empty submission, a hollow object.
And following, “fully vaccinated” is a nonsensical trope that we should not sustain. “Fully compliant” is good, because there’s a reminder that compliance must be ongoing, there’s an echo of “fully obedient”- “well-needle’d” or “multi-needle’d… for now” are good to have ready at the tip of your tongue, too.

another ian
another ian
September 21, 2021 7:23 am

“The COVID-19 lies are falling apart before our eyes”

(A reasonable review of the state of play IMO)


A selection of useful words follows this comment

September 21, 2021 8:47 am

Great post, Peter. Clear, succinct and well written.

More, please. 🙂

September 21, 2021 9:56 am

I am informed. And I do NOT give my consent.

Old bloke
Old bloke
September 21, 2021 3:35 pm

Thanks Peter, that was a good essay.

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