Did one of the world's leading medical journals declare that stigmatizing the unvaccinated is "unjustified" and that government public health officials are bullying by "suggesting that people who have been vaccinated are not relevant in the epidemiology of COVID-19"? No, that's not true: Those are opinions of one reader of The Lancet, shared in a letter to the "Correspondence" section of The Lancet. A correct description would be: "Prof. Guenther Kampf says stigmatizing the unvaccinated is unjustified, in his letter to the editor of The Lancet."
Claims that The Lancet had criticized public health officials have circulated widely on social media, including this November 24, 2021, article on Irish news website GRIPT titled "THE LANCET: STIGMATIZING THE 'UNVACCINATED' NOT JUSTIFIED" (archived here) which opened:
The Lancet, one of the world's oldest and best-known medical journals, has published an article asserting that there is no reason to bully people into getting vaccinated.
Users on GRIPT's Facebook page only saw this title, description and thumbnail:
Written by a German professor of hygiene and environmental health, Dr. Guenther Kampf, the letter to The Lancet is not a peer-reviewed study or research report and is not the official position of the 198-year-old journal of medical science. Kampf teaches hygiene and environmental medicine at the University of Greifswald medical school in Germany.
The Lancet clearly distinguishes the differences between various types of items it publishes, to help readers hang onto the distinction between what letter writers say and what The Lancet says as an institution.
Here is how The Lancet describes letters, which is how Kampf's item was labelled on The Lancet.com: