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Iditarod rules: Mushers, volunteers, staff, contractors, pilots and vets must be vaccinated for 50th anniversary race

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As the Iditarod Sled Dog Races prepares to return to the traditional Northern Route and Nome finish in March of 2022, the Iditarod Board of Directors has passed a resolution requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for all participants in the 2022 race.

The new rule applies to the entire Iditarod community, mushers, staff, contractors, volunteers, pilots, veterinarians, etc. 

“This decision was made in concert with feedback from rural Alaska and is reflective of the Iditarod’s broad community health consciousness,” the board wrote.

“With regard to a comprehensive Covid-19 plan for our 50th Anniversary event we are developing plans corresponding to COVID-19’s current and anticipated trajectory and will provide updates as the pandemic evolves,” the board said on its website.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Vaccines do not stop the spread. This is the Big Lie.

    • It does help stop the spread, but more importantly it stops people from getting hospitalized and dying. This second part is not disputable.

      • OMG. Haven’t you read from all the virus doctors on here? It’s useless.

        • Greg, ever hear of Israel?
          Again Greg, are you not a little bit curious as to why the FDA advisory voted to not approve yet another jab? Just holding out some crumbs for you here to follow. Oh, and Dr. Gruber, head of Vaccine Research at the FDA resigned last week. 🙄 hmm… must be because the jab is working so well.
          Ignorance is bliss they say, but then when the butchers bill comes due? Best to be very informed.

          • I already got number 3. Read more about Israell. It works
            Only lasts 6 to 8 months.

          • You cannot inform someone that does not want to be informed.

          • Big Dig gets it…to all you others…Rule #1 …you are not a medical expert. Rule #2..you are not a doctor…Rule #3..you are not a scientist..and, Rule 4..if you get covid don’t go to any medical facility in our great country USA. Tough it out.

      • It’s a leaky vaccine, we wish that wasn’t the case. Vaccinated people do dye in hospital from Covid. Vaccination simply improves you chances of surviving hospitalization.

      • Excuse me, but I don’t think you’ve been listening. It does NOT stop the spread, that’s why – several months back – they recommended vaccinated people wear their masks indoors in close quarters. I’ll have you know I CAUGHT the Wu-flu from a fully vaccinated person!

      • The vaccinated hospital staff in vietnam have 251 times viral load in there noses compared to un vaccinated Alpha variant infected. Vaccinated are super spreaders. journal lancet pre print.

        • You are very wrong.

          “All of the patients were quarantined at the hospital while they remained asymptomatic. “They don’t have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell. They are psychologically stable,” Chau told local media.
          The viral load in the infected employees was “extremely low,” Chau said. Vaccinated patients are less likely to get severely ill, and the possibility of spreading the virus to the community is also lower.”
          https://asia .nikkei .com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Vietnam-detects-COVID-cluster-at-hospital-after-vaccinations

      • Completely untrue, and something tells me you know it.

        My wife is vaccinated, and caught COVID for a second time, and spent two nights in the hospital.

        Stop spreading the Cult literature, it’s disgusting!

    • Vaccines do stop people from
      being hospitalized and dying.

      • Unless they die from the vaccine, which over 14,000 people have according to VAERS.

        • This shot also causes people to be hospitalized and die, and yes, it does so at a FAR greater rate than any vaccine I’m aware of. The Flu vaccine is only known to cause potentially 50 deaths per year that we know of, meanwhile, I personally know of at least a handful of deaths directly attributed to this shot and even more adverse reactions such as anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolisms, cardiac involvement, and even cardiac arrest with a resuscitation (one didn’t make it, one did). Once again consider the Flu vaccine death total at 50, if this shot was just as safe then what are the chances that I’d personally know at least 1/10 of those fatalities? That would be astronomically remote. Therefore, one can logically conclude that this shot is far less reliable and far more dangerous. I should also point out that I have personal experience with medication trial pipelines, and other mRNA treatments have been in the works for 13+ years with NO approval because they don’t work and the side-effects are unacceptable. Moderna just made $6+ Billion USD in the same time period where they made $75 Million USD last year, and Pfizer went from a $15 Billion USD projected profit off this shot to now a projection closing in on $40-45 Billion USD. This thing is a cash cow being milked to death.

    • It’s about as effective as Tutankhamun’s Condom, look it up, it’s hilarious, as this Covid vaccine/masking will be to future historians.

      • Note the news this morning before Heels-up Harris arrived at The View. We must have a statistician in the group, what are the odds on that happening.
        #itsallunravellingbeforeoureyes

  • Animals are reported to contract covid, they need the jab as well.
    Well maybe not, long term studies have not been done on Animals. It might not be safe!

    • It’s a fact, I had Covid in a small space and my dog got it as well. They recover much faster than humans

      • Do dogs spread it back to humans?

        • We were told originally by Fauci one could catch it from an Amazon package. But it’s hard to keep up with his flipping & flopping. So I suppose given Fauci’s logic, if your dog licks the Amazon package, and then you, just maybe. #butwtfknows

  • This seems extremely topical considering the 1925 serum run to Nome. The reasoning makes sense though, they want to minimize the risk of spreading covid in the villages where if the condition of the person worsens it would be much harder to medivac them.

    • That makes sense except for the fact that the villages have had 9 months to get the vax if they want.

      It certainly seemed like the travel bans last year were primarily based around preventing an outbreak in isolated native communities and for that reason, and only that reason, it made sense last year.

      That said-The Iditarod can do what it likes. Ita a private organization and it’s not an employer per se. Them requiring a vax is not remotely as egregious as a government mandating it’s people get a jab.

      • I don’t think King Tut used condoms. He was with his sister and they had a couple of stillborn babies. But they were trying to create Royal blood to pass down royalty.

        • Naught for three now, you just flunked Egyptian history too.

          • Nope. You have.

          • It’s best to just ignore and hope he goes away.

      • Hi Lawrence. You are correct. They’re trying to keep covid out of the villages to preserve native culture. Yes just about everybody I know in The villages I have been associated with have been vaccinated, but even though they have been, the elderly are still susceptible to a breakthrough infection just like the elderly are on the road system or down in the lower 48. Even though they get the job it does it beef their immune system up to 100%. In some cases, the jab may be as effective as 0 to 15% protection. So a lot of people ask if you got the job why should I care about you getting sick, and the truth is that it’s not effective like you want it to be on everyone.

    • The “reasoning” might make sense theoretically, except for the facts that the covid “vaccine” doesn’t confer immunity, prevent infection, or the spread of the virus.

  • Stupid. Demand vaccination from people who will be the epitome of socially distanced

    • People do actually have contact with each other at rest stops. Even to the point of sleeping next to each other.

    • They are on the trail but not in the checkpoint villages. I used to live in one of those and local folks supplied a lot to the mushers and there was a lot of interaction. And then if that goes from village to village to village the disease spreads quicker than a wildfire.

      • It’s amazing how it spreads in the villages but not in Walmart or Fred Meyer. I wonder how it knows.

  • Well the Iditarod commission keeps submitting to woke culture. Might as well eliminate a 50 year Alaskan tradition, sarcasm intended. There are certain traditions that need to fully be upheld, and the Iditarod is one of them. How about each team delivers the experimental concoction to Nome to commemorate the origins of the race?

  • Make sure to dope them dogs up real good. Don’t forget the coke and meth for the mushers too. 😅😅😅

  • Bunch of msndnc, cnn watching liberals on the board?

    • Yeah. They come out of their hole from time to time like a moth drawn to a flame. More than the liberals is the libertarians on here who are misguided former Republicans.

  • Put a fork in them as this will be the last straw in the Last Great Race’s demise.

    • Absolutely

    • I used to correspond to folks in other states about what it was like to be out on the trail. I did various volunteer jobs out there for a few years and I had kids at schools in the L48 that I would send updates to during races. I still, up until now, would frequent their websites to promote.

      No Longer. That business can fail now for all I care. They were already pretty shaky.

    • Yup.

    • Yep.

    • Yeah, but now that they’ve gone fully woke, will Alaska Airlines sponsor them again?
      Sad for my kids, but I say good riddance to today’s Iditarod. We certainly won’t have anything to do with it anymore.

  • Jab the dogs too.

  • Looks like I’m not following the Iditarod this year. Boycott the Iditarod!!!!

    • Agreed!

    • You will be missed.

    • Same here. I’m sick and tired of the control freaks and woke people.

    • Tell someone who cares!

  • Well this will be interesting.

    The extremes that these mushers go through can really put the body’s system to the test.

    If we see musher after musher keel over after taking thr jab, this may be the red pill needed to finally snap the sleeping Alaskans awake.

    Enjoy the show.

    • This will be an interesting control experiment with no controls. All mushers vaccinated, how many make it. I’d be interested in knowing how many staff, volunteers and pilots make it to the end.

    • It’s not going to happen. I’ve had three shots now and nothing has happened to me shot-wise. The disease itself liked to killed me though.

      • Oh my Greg, you signed up for the subscription model?

        Guess you gotta keep taking those shots now. If you miss one, it is game over for you.

        So sad.

  • Joe Reddington is turning over in his grave as to how far off course this race has gone. It was once an everyman’s race; now it is for the rich mushers and the organization has to kowtow to the animal rightists at every turn. I lost interest in following it years ago.

  • Boycott the fascist Iditawoke.

  • the idiocracy never ends. simply do not support the Iditarod and let it crumble like any other business should, that supports and forces masks and vaccines. this will not end with Alaskans (and Americans) sitting around not fighting harder than the lefties.

  • Lol. You can’t fix stupid.

    • It takes some people a lot of years to figure that out.

  • Losing Idita-Rod was probably the Iditarod’s death knell. Now they’re going woke in an effort to appease the leftist peta mob? #solongfarewell

    • #easycomeeasygo

  • A cat died from COVID in Belgium, all the dogs should be vaccinated as well. You know, its hard to social distance in the Iditarod.

    • And how would you know Jimbo??

  • I am absolutely against vaccination mandates. I chose to get vaccinated (Moderna) and the village I live in is almost 100 percent vaccinated. That being said, Covid is running rampant in the village right now and virtually every adult who has Covid has been vaccinated. I hear that most cases are fairly mild and people are recovering in 5 days or so. I take HCQ and Ivermectin every day along with a regime of vitamins including C, D, zinc, quercetin, and a few others. I have no contracted Covid yet and have numerous close contacts with the virus. After learning much more about these vaccines I WILL NOT be getting any booster shots. It is personal choice and I am sick of the government telling me what is best for my body. I hope a good portion of folks who volunteer for the Iditarod Race and the mushers themselves just refuse to take the vaccine.

    • I respect that. It’s very easy for anyone who’s taken this shot to just say: “What’s the big deal? Take yours too!”, but it’s quite another thing to solidly stand with your principles regardless, as you have done. Bravo.

    • For the record, I was planning to work the race this upcoming year, and I was thrilled about the 50th Anniversary celebration, but if they don’t grant any exemptions I’m simply not bothering with doing it. My role was planned to be inbound related with the dogs anyway, ensuring they make it back safely, so my outbound exposure to the smaller villages and personnel would’ve been ZERO. They should never indulge in broad-brush policies, as if everyone faces the exact same risks; nor should people be refused exemptions, as the risk from this shot is no less of a risk which COVID poses for many people (For quite a few people we now factually know that the shot itself poses a GREATER risk than COVID (This is especially true of my demographic, being an in-shape young male)). So, yes, sorry but not sorry to anyone who can’t understand why I wouldn’t risk the shot just to participate, because my long-term health is the most important thing in the world to me, even more important than my immense disappointment in the restrictive policies put in place here.

  • As a regular part time resident of an Iditarod route village, I can attest that Covid fear is alive and well in rural Alaska.
    The board is responding to that fear. Unfortunately, there is no evidence vaccination prevents spread. A vaccinated person in the same village I spend time at recently died. This persons vaccinated spouse also became sick but not seriously.
    Almost everyone in rural Alaska is vaccinated. Despite this, residents are still getting the virus.
    Getting and recovering from the virus is the only way to assure you won’t get it again. Notice, vaccine effects decrease over time. Boosters are now required. Vaccines will not end this pandemic.

  • Better check that the attendees in the crowd are injected as well.

    • Lol, I know, right? It makes zero sense here.

  • So the mRNA “vaccine” is designed to trick your own cells into producing massive amounts of the Covid spike protein with the expected outcome being an immune response that creates antibodies that identify the spike protein as a foreign invader.
    Studies show that this strategy is wildly successful with spike proteins being found throughout the entire body, distributed by your own cardiovascular system.
    Strong immune response in “vaccinated” individuals.
    Exactly as the creators of these mRNA gene therapy drugs expected.
    Perfect, right?
    Wrong.
    The problem is the spike protein is disease causing all by itself and all you “vaccinated” types just flooded your entire body with them.
    Maybe you won’t die from Covid (99.7% survival rate in most people without any jabs) but you’ve introduced a known cardiovascular disease causing pathogen into your body.
    So when the “experts” brag about the efficacy of the jab against severe disease from Covid they apparently aren’t lying BUT they’re NOT telling you the entire story.
    Figure it out…wake up…do some research.
    The jab isn’t worth the risk/reward trade off against a highly survivable virus.
    .
    From THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS’ SPIKE PROTEIN PLAYS ADDITIONAL KEY ROLE IN ILLNESS
    Salk researchers and collaborators show how the protein damages cells, confirming COVID-19 as a primarily vascular disease:
    .
    Scientists have known for a while that SARS-CoV-2’s distinctive “spike” proteins help the virus infect its host by latching on to healthy cells. Now, a major new study shows that the virus spike proteins (which behave very differently than those safely encoded by vaccines) also play a key role in the disease itself.
    .
    The paper, published on April 30, 2021, in Circulation Research, also shows conclusively that COVID-19 is a vascular disease, demonstrating exactly how the SARS-CoV-2 virus damages and attacks the vascular system on a cellular level. The findings help explain COVID-19’s wide variety of seemingly unconnected complications, and could open the door for new research into more effective therapies.
    .
    Representative images of vascular endothelial control cells (left) and cells treated with the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein (right) show that the spike protein causes increased mitochondrial fragmentation in vascular cells.
    .
    “A lot of people think of it as a respiratory disease, but it’s really a vascular disease,” says Assistant Research Professor Uri Manor, who is co-senior author of the study. “That could explain why some people have strokes, and why some people have issues in other parts of the body. The commonality between them is that they all have vascular underpinnings.”
    .
    Salk researchers collaborated with scientists at the University of California San Diego on the paper, including co-first author Jiao Zhang and co-senior author John Shyy, among others.
    .
    While the findings themselves aren’t entirely a surprise, the paper provides clear confirmation and a detailed explanation of the mechanism through which the protein damages vascular cells for the first time. There’s been a growing consensus that SARS-CoV-2 affects the vascular system, but exactly how it did so was not understood. Similarly, scientists studying other coronaviruses have long suspected that the spike protein contributed to damaging vascular endothelial cells, but this is the first time the process has been documented.

    • Some will seize on a misleading statement from the study quoted above to discount the dangers of the mRNA spike proteins.
      The above study was published in April 2021 and back then researchers assumed that the mRNA created spike proteins would NOT enter the cardiovascular system, see the other study quoted below, but they were wrong.
      More recent studies have discovered that the spike protein does enter the cardiovascular system and can even cross the blood/brain barrier to infect your brain.
      This shows the value of the longer term testing protocols that we’re all skipped in the rush to market for these highly experimental gene therapy drugs.
      Contrary to the “expert” quoted below the mRNA spike proteins DO enter the cardiovascular system where they do cause disease.
      Experts and authority figures are often wrong…for example, the world isn’t flat and the sun doesn’t revolve around the Earth but back in the day those in authority might have had you burned at the stake for claiming otherwise…our modern day analog is being cancelled.
      .
      From The Thorny Problem Of COVID-19 Vaccines And Spike Proteins By W. Glen Pyle | May 12th 2021:
      .
      COVID19 vaccines are injected into the deltoid where they are taken up by muscle cells. The vaccine remains largely contained near the site of injection. Local muscle cells that take in the vaccine produce the spike protein and place it on the surface of the cell where it is recognized by the immune system. Vaccine that is not taken up by muscle is drained into the local lymph nodes where lymphatic cells absorb the vaccine and similarly make spike protein. The lymphatic cells are responsible for activating T and B cells, which are important steps in generating immunity.
      .
      In order to damage the endothelium of blood vessels, COVID-19 vaccines have to enter the vascular system and infect cells that circulate in the blood. Data collected by the European Medicines Agency shows that no significant amount of vaccine enters the circulation. The confinement of the expressed spike protein away from the circulatory system significant prevents it from causing damage to the vascular endothelium.

  • I have one word in response: BOYCOTT! End the medical tyranny!

  • So, if I understand correctly, the goal is to make people more likely to be asymptomatic carriers as they interact with people in various rural villages? That makes a lot of sense.

  • It would be funny if everyone boycotted this tyranny. Backfiring big time.

  • With left-wing tyrants already working on cancelling Christmas does anyone really think there will be an Iditarod race in the coming year.

    Maybe a “virtual” race you can hunker down, masked in your home, and watch on Pay TV!

  • Just end the Iditarod already. Yes, dog mushing played an important role in Alaska’s history but it is not a ‘sport’. Prohibitively expensive for most and only followed by a small group of people. Plus, why train a dog to run AWAY from you? That just serms counterintuitive.

  • Our CDC says dogs can be infected with China flu.
    .
    The sled dogs have to wear booties but apparently masks and vaccinations are out of the question for them.
    .
    This means delicate, easily infected communities along the once-famous Iditarod Trail may be at terrible risk for extinction from China flu if infected dogs are allowed to run through them.
    .
    So we trust Iditarod race authorities will do the right thing by cancelling the race until Covid Zero is declared and CDC says it’s okay to have the race.

  • If all the Iditarod mushers took the “vaccine” before the race the people of Nome might wonder why no participants completed the race. No pilot would take a “vaccine”, hence no one to pick up the bodies.

  • Never.
    #AkPureBlood

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