‘Over my dead body’: Jordan Peterson says he was fooled into COVID-19 vaccination, won’t happen again amid statist calls for more boosters
By: JOSEPH MACKINNON | January 24, 2023
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Dr. Jordan Peterson announced in May 2021 that he would be getting the COVID-19 vaccine, citing insufficient antibody levels. The esteemed psychologist indicated Thursday he had been fooled and has since made clear that, notwithstanding demands by both the Biden administration and Canada’s Trudeau government, he will not be fooled again.
Peterson was met with significant backlash in 2021, after he tweeted, “Off to be vaccinated today. Despite having Covid last May, my antibody levels appeared insufficient to prevent re-infection. Hope Ontario opens up soon.”
Despite having had contracted COVID-19 in 2020, the psychologist’s immune system had likely been dealt a blow by his recent recovery from a severe case of pneumonia and the “incredibly grueling” drug detox treatment for benzodiazepine reliance he received abroad.
Indy100 noted at the time of this admission that some of his fans and followers online expressed concern over his decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine and potential long-term health risks.
Peterson suggested Thursday that he “got vaccinated because I naively believed the woke force-mongers would leave me the hell alone thereafter. Fool me once….”
The psychologist was responding to a tweet from Israeli artificial intelligence researcher Eli David that said, “I got Covid shots in 2021, because I believed the claimed clinical trial results, and trusted the FDA. But looking at mountains of evidence since, I no longer think I made the right decision. These shots are much more dangerous and much less effective than claimed.”
Peterson told BlazeTV host Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” in November 2021: “I got vaccinated. And people took me to task for that. And I thought, ‘All right, I’ll get the damn vaccine.’ Here’s the deal, guys: I’ll get the vaccine, you f***ing leave me alone!” He underscored that the vaccine didn’t work to that end. The Trudeau government still required that he be tested for COVID-19 when exercising his mobility rights to leave and return to his home nation.
In a tweet Saturday — responding to a notice from Canadian state media that the country’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam was once again pushing booster shots — Peterson wrote, “How about ‘over my dead body.'” Tam and the Trudeau government have been pushing the bivalent booster shot on Canadians, many of whom have yet to get it since it was made available last fall.
Tam said Friday, “It’s still too early to stop taking the personal protective measures that have helped us weather the COVID storm.”
The Biden administration is similarly pushing boosters on the general public.
The Associated Press reported that the Food and Drug Administration has recently proposed rolling out COVID-19 boosters once a year, every year, for adults and children. While 80% of Americans have received at least one dose, only 16% cared to get the latest boosters.
Allysia Finley, writing in the Wall Street Journal, noted over the weekend that “the public-health establishment’s praise for the bivalent shots shouldn’t come as a surprise. Federal agencies took the unprecedented step of ordering vaccine makers to produce them and recommending them without data supporting their safety or efficacy.”
Finley appeared to justify the increasing reluctance of people like Peterson, stating, “Three scientific problems have arisen. First, the virus is evolving much faster than the vaccines can be updated. Second, vaccines have hard-wired our immune systems to respond to the original Wuhan strain, so we churn out fewer antibodies that neutralize variants targeted by updated vaccines.”
“Third, antibodies rapidly wane after a few months,” she added.
Peterson’s late rejection of the booster regime comes after he admitted on Dec. 19, “It’s worse than I thought. I trusted the vaccine process more than I should have. I thought the lockdowns and masks were a terrible idea but I still thought we could rely on public health and science.”
Notwithstanding this trust, now evidently depleted, Peterson had expressed skepticism in 2021, stating that “Covid is not going away. it will mutate, indefinitely, sped along in some senses by the vaccines themselves. And when is it a sufficiently ‘new variant’ to panic? How about when pharmaceutical company shares drop?”
The Daily Mail reported that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla personally earned $50 million in compensation across 2021 and 2022 and that Pfizer’s has revenue tripled to over $100 billion since the start of the pandemic. Newsweek indicated that Moderna earned $12.2 billion in profit in 2021, mostly from its vaccine production. The company had not been able to turn a profit before 2021. According to the company’s earnings report released in February 2022, its “total revenue was $18.5 billion for the full year 2021, compared to $803 million in 2020.” As for Johnson & Johnson: U.S. News reported that sinking COVID-19 vaccine sales have recently hurt its revenue.