Covid Vaccines Caused Harm to Maryland Citizens

The following article was submitted by Delegates Ryan Nawrocki & Kathy Szeliga (District 7A) and Lauren Arikan (District 7B) about how the harm of Covid vaccines

For the past three years, Americans have heard one unified message from all levels of state and national leadership concerning the novel Coronavirus: a vaccine is coming; a vaccine will save us.  Once the mRNA shot was rolled out, the drumbeat got louder: get the shot, take the shot. 

Maryland spent MILLIONS of dollars cajoling people, paying people, and bullying people by telling us to take the shot and that it’s safe and effective. 

Even in mid-2021, the public knew via the FDA filings that none of the three available vaccines (Pfizer, J&J, and Moderna) had been tested for a reduction in transmission or contagion. 

Currently, on Page 51 of the Pfizer FDA filing and the FAQs of the other two manufacturers, proof can be found that these vaccines had not even been TESTED for a reduction in transmission or contagion. 

And the timeline for the vaccine rollout was so short that there would not be any data collected on mid-to-long-term efficacy for YEARS after the vaccines were released to the public.

Nevertheless, anyone with questions or concerns about the speed of the rollout or thoroughness of the testing was demonized, villainized as “anti-vaxxers,” and possibly ostracized by family and friends. 

Some have shared stories of being excluded from holiday celebrations, graduations, and the like.  They were treated as pariahs of society. 

And the pressure campaign worked – many people rolled up their sleeves and got the shot over their own concerns.  It was marketed as being safe and effective and that there were no risks, no downsides. 

The common mantra was that only selfishness would cause people to refuse the vaccine.

And yet, not even three full years after the vaccines were rolled out, Americans hear near-daily news about the risks of these vaccines. 

Myocarditis in teens, exponential increase in heart attacks, blood clots and strokes, and the like are coming out as very real risks of these new, never before approved mRNA vaccines. 

Not to mention the fact that the current research shows that the more doses of the vaccines you have, the MORE likely you are to contract Covid-19.  So much for safe and effective, ‘one size fits all.’

 Are these vaccines worth the risk?  For some, undoubtedly.  Older adults, especially those with respiratory conditions and those with multiple comorbidities, were at a higher risk for death should they get COVID.

But for most Marylanders, there is no easy “one size fits all” risk-benefit matrix. 

The recent Pub Med[1] published research clearly shows serious adverse events following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.  PubMed[2] also notes that the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are not free of side effects and most commonly affect the central or peripheral nervous system. 

Myocarditis in adolescents[3] has been diagnosed clinically following the administration of the second dose of an mRNA vaccine for Covid-19. 

The JAMA Network[4] also reported similar findings.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)[5] quietly disclosed findings of a potential increase in four types of serious adverse events in older adults who had had Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine: acute myocardial infarction, disseminated intravascular coagulation, immune thrombocytopenia, and pulmonary embolism.[6]

Little detail was provided, such as the magnitude of the increased potential risk, and no press release or other alert was sent to doctors or the public.

The FDA promised to “share further updates and information with the public as they become available.”  Those updates are yet to be seen. 

While the debate continues nationally on whether the Covid-19 virus originated in China, the impact upon everyday Marylanders’ lives was felt keenly in the General Assembly this year. 

HB214 passed this year, which set up a commission to assess public health policies. 

The floor debate allowed Delegate Arikan to make targeted points on the floor about the state’s “abject failure” in making masking and vaccination policies in the past “that were completely useless.”  She strongly emphasized that these failed policies locked children out of schools and denied the most vulnerable citizens access to food and safety. 

Referencing a meta-analysis from the Cochrane Review, it is clear now that neither masking nor vaccination stopped the spreading of Covid-19. 

Also, HB1232 threatened to pass the General Assembly, which would have allowed children as young as three years old to be vaccinated at a pharmacy with merely a caregiver’s consent.  Many concerned constituents opposed the bill, including examples of children not being seen by a primary care physician before receiving these vaccines. 

Another atrocious bill, SB378,  was proposed, which would have allowed minors over 14 to be vaccinated without parental consent. 

The public outrage against this bill convinced the sponsor to withdraw the bill before its hearing took place. 

And in February, we were literally on our way to the Statehouse to file a bill aimed at protecting college students from further COVID boosters when we received the exciting news that proof of COVID-19 vaccination would no longer be required at the University of Maryland. 

We, along with other Republican lawmakers, had been urging the University of Maryland System to change their senseless policies over COVID vaccine requirements for students, faculty, and staff.

District 7 Delegates have always fought hard for your freedom, including the right to choose whether or not to get the COVID vaccine freely.  And we will continue to do so.  Thank you for letting us serve this district, including you and your families.

[1] Serious adverse events of special interest following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination in randomized trials in adults – PubMed (

[2] Neurological Adverse Reactions to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines – PubMed (

[3] Autopsy Histopathologic Cardiac Findings in 2 Adolescents Following the Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose – PubMed (

[4] Myocarditis Cases Reported After mRNA-Based COVID-19 Vaccination in the US From December 2020 to August 2021 | Vaccination | JAMA | JAMA Network

[5] Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee December 10, 2020 Meeting Briefing Document- FDA

[6] A broad assessment of covid-19 vaccine safety using tree-based data-mining in the vaccine safety datalink – PubMed (

Benjamin Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.