Action Alert: Keep Up the Momentum! We Need To Be Stronger Than Ever!

February 14, 2022

Children’s Health Defense (CHD) needs all hands on deck to continue with the momentum from our campaign “Protect the Children: Don’t Break Our Hearts.” While the February 15 meeting of the Vaccine and Related Biologicals Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to consider granting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for babies ages 6 months  up to five year olds was postponed until April, we need to express our concerns to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that such young children may be exposed to this risky vaccine. This could prove a devastating move to the health of nearly 20 million children in our country. We also need to communicate these concerns with our elected officials who need to hold these government organizations accountable for their decisions.

Protect the Children: Don’t Break Our Hearts

Given the lack of data showing safety or efficacy of the two-doses Pfizer applied with to obtain EUA, the company withdrew its application and the FDA postponed the meeting until early April.

U.S. public health officials and US and state lawmakers need to hear from the millions of us who oppose giving unnecessary vaccines to infants and young children who have virtually zero risk of complications or death from COVID. Subjecting healthy children and babies to this vaccine poses a much greater risk through potential severe adverse reactions and even death.

We’re asking all of you to do two things to make sure your voices are heard at this critical moment.

  • Fill out the form below to send emails to your state and federal elected representatives. Make follow up phone calls to each person asking if they’ve received your email. Use this as an opportunity to also express your opposition to any mandates for school.
  • Join CHD’s Red Letter Campaign! Mail hand-written notes in red envelopes from you and your child to every public official listed at the bottom of this page, beneath the form. Your child’s message can be very simple: “Don’t break our hearts, protect our health.” Also, include your own message explaining why you oppose granting EUA status to these risky vaccines. If you don’t have time to write your own, use the message text below. Print our fully-referenced flyer (color or black-and-white, one side or both) and include it in the envelope. It presents science showing that COVID vaccines are ineffective, unsafe, and unnecessary for our children. Red envelopes are available at many retailers including Staples, Office Depot, Walmart and Amazon. Don’t have time to get red envelopes? Use regular envelopes and draw red hearts on them.

If an EUA is granted, Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine will be available to nearly 20 million children under the age of five, many of whom already have robust natural immunity. It also will be an important milestone in the pharmaceutical industry’s ultimate goal of getting COVID shots on the recommended childhood schedule, granting them immunity from liability for injuries and deaths from these vaccines in perpetuity.

We absolutely cannot let this happen.

Join CHD in contacting all of these public officials ASAP!

If the form is not working for you, try this page.

Join CHD’s Red Letter Campaign!

Mail hand-written notes in red envelopes from you and your child to every public official listed below. Your child’s message can be very simple: “Don’t break our hearts, protect our health.” Also, include your own message explaining why you oppose granting EUA status to these risky vaccines

Janet Woodcock
Acting FDA Commissioner
FDA, mail stop: HFD-001
10903 New Hampshire Ave., WO51-6133
Silver Spring MD 20993-0002
phone: (301) 796-5400
fax: (301) 847-8752
[email protected]

Rochelle Walensky
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Roybal Building 21, Rm 12000
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
phone: (404) 639-7000
[email protected]

Xavier Becerra
Secretary, Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
c/o Sean McCluskie
[email protected]

Peter Marks
Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
FDA, Mail stop: HFM-2
10903 New Hampshire Ave., WO71-7232
Silver Spring MD 20993-0002
phone: (240) 402-8116
fax: (301) 595-1310
[email protected]

Acting Chair, VRBPAC
Arnold Monto, M.D.

Professor of Public Health & Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
phone: (734) 764-5453
fax: (734) 764-3192
[email protected]

Paula Annunziato, M.D.
Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head
Vaccines Clinical Research
North Wales, PA 19454
[email protected]

Captain Amanda Cohn
Chief Medical Officer
National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333 MS C-09
phone: (404) 639-6039
fax: (404) 315-4679
[email protected]
[email protected]

Hayley Gans, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA 94305
phone: (650) 723-5682
fax: (650) 725-8040
[email protected]

Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Clinical Innovation
National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
phone: (301) 435-0178
[email protected]

H. Cody Meissner, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA 02111
phone: (617) 636-5227
fax: (617) 636-4300
[email protected]

Paul Offit, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
Abramson Research Building
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: (215) 590-2020
[email protected]

Steven Pergam, M.D.
Medical Director
Infection Prevention
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, WA 98109
phone: (206) 667-7126
[email protected]

Temporary Voting Members (but their votes count all the same)
A. Oveta Fuller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
phone: (734) 647-3830
[email protected]

James Hildreth, Sr., Ph.D., M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
School of Medicine
President and Chief Executive Officer
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN 37205
[email protected]

Jeannette Lee, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Biostatistics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR 72701
phone: (501) 526-6712
[email protected]

Ofer Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Physician & Principal Investigator
Director, Precision Vaccines Program
Division of Infectious Diseases
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School Associate Member
phone: (617) 919-2900
fax: (617) 730-0254
[email protected]

Michael Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Division
UVA Division of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology
PO Box 801355
Charlottesville, VA 22908
phone: (434) 297-8399
fax: (434) 924-5779
[email protected]

Stanley Perlman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Iowa
3-712 Bowen Science Building (BSB)
51 Newton Rd
Iowa City, IA 52242
phone: (319) 335-8549
[email protected]

Jay Portnoy, M.D.
Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
2401 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108
phone: (816) 960-8885
fax: (816) 960-8888
[email protected]

Eric Rubin, M.D., Ph.D.
New England Journal of Medicine
Adjunct Professor
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
665 Huntington Ave
Building 1, Room 811
Boston, MA 02115
phone: (617) 432-3335
[email protected]
[email protected]

Mark Sawyer, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
8110 Birmingham Way
Bldg. 28, 1st Floor
San Diego, CA 92123
phone: (858) 966-7785
fax: (858) 966-8658
[email protected]

Melinda Wharton, M.D., MPH
Associate Director for Vaccine Policy
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E05,
Atlanta, GA 30333
phone: (404) 639.8755
fax: (404) 639.8626
[email protected]

Hana El Sahly, M.D.
Expertise: Vaccines, Infectious Diseases
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
7200 Cambridge Street 8th Floor Suite B
Houston, TX 77030
[email protected]

Adam C. Berger, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Clinical and Healthcare Research Policy
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 630
Bethesda, MD 20892
[email protected]

Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., MHCM, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
410 Lakeville Road, Suite 311
New Hyde Park, NY 11042
Telephone: 516-838-6415 (office)
FAX: 516-465-5399
[email protected]

Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
Phone: 847-578-3301
FAX: 847-578-3345
[email protected]

Holly Janes, Ph.D.
Associate Member
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue North, M2-C200
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109
206.667.6353 (office)
[email protected]

David Kim, M.D., M.S., M.H.A.
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW, Suite L600
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 795-7636
[email protected]

Andrea Shane, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
Professor of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
2015 Uppergate Drive NE, Rm. 504A
Atlanta, GA 30322
Telephone: 404-727-9880 (direct)
Fax: 404-727-8249
[email protected]

Geeta K. Swamy, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Duke University
Box 3967 Med Ctr
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 681-5220
[email protected]

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