NIH Inadvertently Exposes Data on Individual Employees’ Vaccination Statuses Online | Eastern North Carolina Now

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Luke Rosiak.

    A high-level medical research unit within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) exposed a list of its employees and their self-reported vaccination statuses online, according to materials obtained by The Daily Wire.

    "Dr. Gulley would like to get an idea of how many in GMB/MOS have been fully vaccinated. Apparently they are saying 86% of CR staff are vaccinated, but think that is an underestimate. Just to note, we are now allowed to ask these questions. If [sic] don't mind participating in the poll that would be great," program specialist Tammy Cole wrote in an email to the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch (GMB) of the Center for Cancer Research at NIH on June 8. The unit is led by Dr. James L. Gulley.

    The email included a link to a public website on the survey platform Doodle, viewed by The Daily Wire, that listed the names of more than 75 NIH employees. They clicked on a checkmark next to their name to indicate whether they had been vaccinated or not, and all of the names and results were visible to others.

    The Daily Wire sent questions about the data to NIH on Friday. On Saturday the agency asked for, and was provided, more information from the publication. But as of Monday afternoon, the employees' names and vaccination statuses were still visible to anyone with an internet connection.

    A doctor in the unit, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Wire that it was an unscientific push-poll that leaked people's medical information onto the internet and raised questions about the U.S. government's scientific agencies.

    "These are the highest level medical researchers in the country... It's unscientific data, they expose their employees to having their medical information posted online with an unsecured link. You're tasked to safeguard a patient's data and you just sell your employees out like this. They should know better, and they really screwed it up."

    The doctor added that making named employees' answers to the survey visible to their colleagues had the effect of creating peer pressure and subjecting those who did not get vaccinated to retaliation.

    "You can look people up and say who should we treat like a leper? I think the people pushing this right now are under intense pressure right now to toe the line that's being pushed on them from on high."

    On May 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told Congress that he estimated that "probably" about 60% of employees in his agency had been vaccinated by the data.

    Peter Marks, the head of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation, told Congress the figure among his employees was "probably in the same range."

    Both said they were not sure, and Reuters noted that that would put the rates of government health experts who were vaccinated at about the same rate as the population at large.

    Still, the prospect that not all government experts had chosen to get vaccinated after the shots were widely available posed a problem for public relations efforts that implied that only misinformation or ignorance would cause people to not take the vaccine.

    The doctor said some medical experts carefully read the literature and determined that for them, the risks of an adverse reaction to the shot exceeded the risk of coronavirus itself. "You can look at the data on new cases," such as data for Maryland — where NIH is located — that shows 0.75% testing positive and 162 hospitalizations in a state of six million. "You look at the CDC publication that says 3% of people are subject to serious adverse events. And you can think to yourself what's the risk benefit?"

    The employee called the new survey a "PR move" to allow medical agencies to report higher numbers of vaccinations among medical experts. The online survey reported that almost everyone had been vaccinated, but the employee noted that it was entirely self-reported and said "I bet a ton of those people lied" — with the ability to see how colleagues had answered creating peer pressure.

    The employee said that NIH itself is still practicing social distancing and mask-wearing, with some employees working from home because not everyone can fit in the office while maintaining social distance.

    NIH's cancer research unit did not return a request for comment on whether, given that it believes that more than 86% of employees are vaccinated, that implied that management itself does not trust the vaccine's efficacy.

    A document from NIH Human Resources titled "Management Guidance — COVID-19 Vaccinations" says "Supervisors can request Federal employees to disclose whether they have received a COVID-19 vaccination only for legitimate business reasons (e.g., travel quarantine requirements, to determine physical spacing requirements in a lab) and cannot be used to determine if or when an individual employee is allowed in the workplace. If the employee has not been vaccinated, the supervisor cannot coerce or retaliate against the employee. Additionally, this information cannot be used to harass, or discriminate against employees, and cannot be used to make decisions about their individual employment status."

    NIH's cancer research group also did not respond to a question about the legitimate business reason for the survey.
Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

Tracing Adam Schiff’s Subpoena Hypocrisy Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics Arizona GOP Advances Two Election Integrity Bills


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

The White House on Tuesday said invoking the 14th Amendment to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on $31 trillion debt won’t solve the national crisis after nearly a dozen left-wing Senators suggested President Joe Biden use such authority.
A trespassing charge against a conservative activist investor who was arrested at Berkshire Hathaway’s recent shareholder meeting after bringing up dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been dropped.
In a last-ditch effort to stem the tide of illegal migrants crossing the border, locals in Arizona and Texas have resorted to hanging Bud Light signs all over the wall in hopes of scaring away would-be crossers.
California Governor Gavin Newsom accused the CEO of Target of “selling out the LGBTQ+ community” after the retail giant pulled some gay- and trans-themed merchandise from its shelves amid a customer backlash.
The N.C. House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would ban abortion after the first trimester, with some exceptions, and extends the window to 24 weeks for abortion due to “life-limiting” fetal anomalies.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen this week to immediately release all suspicious activity reports related to President Joe Biden’s family after Republicans in the House raised the alarm this week after visiting the Treasury Department over the matter.
Opponents of school choice claim that private schools are unaccountable because they don’t have to satisfy every testing mandate required of traditional public schools, yet private schools are subject to the highest standard of accountability: parents
RINO Texas speaker of the House gets major conservative primary challenger


Back to Top