COVID vaccines- is the ‘cure’ worse than the disease?
A recent letter by a Dr Polyakova, a medical consultant, in the prestigious medical journal the BMJ suggests that it is. As a ‘baby boomer’, the father of millennials, a veteran of the First Gulf War and a sexagenarian, I am no stranger to vaccines. Apart from one night of gushing sweats in Saudi Arabia following a series of vaccines including anthrax, typhoid and pertussis (the last one given to boost the immune system) aimed at protecting us against biological weapons that the Iraqis never possessed, I don’t recall being poorly. My arm hurt a bit after my most recent flu jab and none of my children or grandchildren has ever reacted badly to a vaccine. But in February I had my first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and it floored me for 24 hours. Had I not been working from home during the rest of the week, I would not have been working at all. The symptoms were almost identical to flu but included nausea, a burning sensation in my eyes and tinnitus. Almost everyone I know who has had this vaccine reports similar side effects including one of my daughters—a therapist—in her 30s. One colleague after terrible side effects then contracted COVID-19; indeed, another colleague who had the Pfizer vaccine also contracted COVID-19. Another two daughters who are nurses and other colleagues who received the Pfizer vaccine report no side effects. The nasty side effects seem to be unique to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
This is an aspect of the vaccine we do not hear about on the mainstream media. What we get is a series of Orwellian ‘the vaccine rollout is going well’ reports akin to ‘the war in Oceania is going well’ in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Nevertheless, the mainstream media were unable to cover up the possibility that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was causing blood clots and deaths as a result. However, it transpired that the death rate was no higher, even slightly lower, than the general population and, of 18 million Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines administered, only 30 have reported blood clots which is less than 0.001 per cent. However, the widespread occurrence of debilitating—and as far as we know temporary—side effects of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is not widely known, spread by word of mouth and virtually missing from the mainstream media. I ‘searched ‘Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine side effects’ on Google and, apart from reference to the possible link to blood clotting in The Lancet, there was not a single report from any mainstream media outlet of any other side-effects.
Ironically the UK government is not covering this up as they do publish a weekly update on vaccine side effects obtained through the, voluntary, Yellow Card reporting scheme. But there seems to be a palpable veil of silence over reporting this in the mainstream media whose mission in the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be one of helping the UK government to terrorise the population into submission and, abandoning all sense of neutrality, trying to maximise the uptake of the vaccines. Apart from the ‘anti-vaxxers’ to whom the mainstream media and the mainstream clinical journals pay little attention, few in the medical or nursing professions are speaking out. While the consultant, Dr Polyakova, in the BMJ is but one voice at least it is a voice and it questions, not so much the need for the general population to be vaccinated, but for clinical professionals to be vaccinated given the short-term debilitation caused. Dr Polyakova also points to some longer-term debilitation among colleagues. We can ill afford to lose staff at a time when hospitals have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and face a deluge of cancer patients and others whose care has largely been ignored for over a year. Dr Polyakova points to the facts of the high level of post-vaccination morbidity among clinical staff, that COVID is of less consequence for most people than flu and that staff are contracting COVID-19 after they have been vaccinated. Moreover, Dr Polyakova indicates that long-term safety data are not yet available.
While I am dreading it, I will probably take a second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. I will suffer whatever side effects and the concerns of my anti-vaxxer friends. I have my own reasons. But, as I have already done, I will report any side effects—assuming I have them—via the Yellow Card reporting scheme and I would encourage others to do the same. You may report here as a health professional reporting on behalf of a patient, or you may report as a member of the public. It may also be worth reporting your status to the COVID Symptom Study using the ‘Zoe app’. Those running this study do seem to be trying to report the facts and do not always toe the UK government line.
The government, the NHS and the medical and nursing professions need to be more honest about the side effects of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. This is not to discourage people from taking it but to ensure that every dose taken or refused is done so for the right reasons and that choices, in either direction, are properly informed. One practical step would be for the vaccinators who are at the delivery end of the vaccine rollout to tell people about the Yellow Card reporting scheme. Furthermore, the COVID-19 vaccination card, in addition to a link to information about the vaccine, which is all very reassuring, should also contain a link to the Yellow Card reporting scheme.
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