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Covid-19: GPs are told to be ready to deliver vaccine from next month

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4291 (Published 04 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4291

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Re: Covid-19: GPs are told to be ready to deliver vaccine from next month

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care. This body is responsible for issuing an emergency licence to allow the use of Covid-19 vaccines in the UK if the licence is required urgently.

The MHRA should NOT authorise Covid-19 vaccines when the agency is already anticipating 'high volume of Covid-19 vaccine Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs)'. (1)

Neither should the agency authorise Covid-19 vaccines when the agency admits that it does not have the technology in place to process ADRs and '...it will be unable to process these ADRs effectively. This will hinder its ability to rapidly identify any potential safety issues with the Covid-19 vaccine and represents a direct threat to patient life and public health....'. (1)

In my opinion, the MHRA has already been failing the public; on its website it states that: '..It is estimated that only 10% of serious reactions and between 2 and 4% of non-serious reactions are reported...'. (2) I cannot find any information to show that they are addressing this potentially dangerous finding.

During a meeting with the MHRA which I have attended, officers have stated that the reports that they do receive are not routinely followed-up by contacting the reporting health professional, six months to 12 months later, to determine if the individual fully recovered from the reaction or has further deteriorated.

Without this information neither the MHRA nor doctors have any accurate safety data on vaccines. A point that has been raised with the Government time and time again. (3) (4)

Currently anyone who takes a Covid-19 vaccine may not be aware that the procedure is loaded with risks for the above reasons and also because there is no financial safety net for anybody harmed in the process. The vaccine manufacturers have sought and been given indemnities to protect them from potential vaccine damage claims. (5) I understand that health professionals who administer the vaccines will also be protected against claims.

The proposed Covid-19 vaccine, as with all vaccines, will carry a risk of serious injury or death. Vaccine manufacturers' product information sheets attest to this with other vaccines. A recent example is the H1N1 vaccine which was introduced quickly into the population in 2009 and was found to be linked with narcolepsy and Guillain Barre syndrome (6) (7)

Contrary to how most MPs and the Prime Minister presents people who complain of vaccine damage and labels them as: 'anti-vaxxers are nuts' (8), the Government is fully aware of the risks that vaccines pose to the public. Vaccine damage payments of over £74 million have been awarded to people severely damaged. However, Covid-19 vaccine is not listed on the eligible to claim section. (9) The Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 would need to be amended to include all people over the age of 21 years and the awards should be made appropriate to the damage sustained on a par with current product liability claims.

As it stands, the Covid-19 vaccine is being promoted as the saviour of the country and according to the media reports, no serious concerns have shown up in the trials.The MHRA, with the authority to licence this vaccine, admits in tender documents that they are expecting a high volume of ADRs but don't have the technology to cope which they say is a direct threat to patient life and public health.

Meanwhile, the only people taking any risk whatsoever are the people holding their arms out.

References:
(1) https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED%3ANOTICE%3A506291-2020%3ATEXT%3AEN%3AH...

(2) https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/yellow-card-please-help-to-reverse...

(3) Jabs. Deja vu. Taken from the Daily Telegraph 1st February 1974. Vaccine 'Risk To Children' By the Telegraph's Parliamentary Staff. Jabs perspective.

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1615747/pdf/amjph00450-0108...

(5) https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-astrazeneca-results-vaccine-liability/...

(6) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/09/ministers-lose-fight-to-...

(7) https://www.nhs.uk/news/medication/swine-flu-vaccine-link-to-deadly-nerv...

(8) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/24/boris-johnson-says-anti-...

(9) https://www.gov.uk/vaccine-damage-payment/eligibility?fbclid=IwAR0Pz2Yyp...

Competing interests: Mother of MMR vaccine-damaged son

11 November 2020
Jackie Fletcher
24/7 carer
JABS a voluntary support group for parents of vaccine-damaged children
Warrington, Cheshire