This week marked an especially nasty turn in the narrative for people who question or dissent from the approved line that apparently now EVERYONE is to be vaccinated, not merely those at highest risk. Anyone who disagrees or even queries the rickety logic behind this view is no longer merely discredited, hidden or censored, but, in an exciting new development with no glaring historical parallels whatsoever, vilified as being both wicked and unclean.
Today saw a series of interviews, newspaper front pages and government recommendations decrying those who currently decline to take the Covid vaccine (which, let’s not forget, is still in trial phase until late 2022 or early 2023), perhaps judging that given their health, weight and age they are more at risk from complications from the vaccine than complications from the virus. Only a year ago, this calculation is one so basic that it would have been done routinely by any medical professional before advising a patient on any course of treatment: does the potential benefit outweigh the risk? and in the event of the question returning a negative or even a merely uncertain, the treatment would not have been recommended.
If I were very old, very ill, very fat or had underlying health conditions that made me particularly vulnerable to complications from Covid19, I would probably grab the vaccine with both hands. I am none of those, and so my risk from complications from Covid is infinitesimally small, and may well be less than my risk from complications from the vaccine (or not – we won’t know until trials are completed in 2023, which is my point). As it happens, I didn’t do enough research before being invited to a first vaccine, and to my regret I have had the first dose of Astra Zeneca. I will not be having a second, a decision affected by the news last week of 3rd booster shots being planned for the over 50s in the UK – I fear this is a treadmill that is very hard to step off, so I’m jumping before it picks up too much speed. It is what it is – I suppose I can serve in the test group of those who only had the one, compared to those who had both or none – if ever anything needed good data it’s this.
Before we look at just how pustulant and heinous we vaccine decliners are, let’s refresh our memories: for those who have had both jabs, they have vastly less risk of catching the virus (82% protection), and then, should they be unlucky enough to catch it, they have a vastly reduced risk of developing severe symptoms, leading to hospitalisation or death (according to Astra Zeneca 100%!). So if you are vaccinated, you are protected. Sod the rest of us, we’re none of your business. You cannot stamp your feet that ALL must be vaccinated, since you are also quite capable of transmitting the virus to others yourself, even in your vaccinated state.
We are as ‘selfish and irresponsible as drink drivers‘ (BBC interview today with Andrew Llyod Webber – no I don’t know what it’s got to do with him either)
We should have our coffee poisoned (LBC radio host Shelagh Fogarty)
We ‘Vaccine Refuseniks’ are threatening freedom (The Daily Mail, front page)
We ‘are main threat to final lockdown freedoms’ and ‘idiots who could ruin the UK’s exit from lockdown’, according to Metro News
In today’s Independent, doctors counsel ‘this is what we do with anti-vaxxers: No job. No entry. No NHS access’.
I could go on, but if you haven’t got the point by now, you never will.
How is this still about a virus which is 99.6% survivable, and for which the average age of death is 82 years old? This infographic of ONS data published by The Sunday Times on 21 March 2021 captures vividly the actual impact of the virus set in perspective against the whole UK population.
Try as I might, I cannot see any ethical case for vaccinating anyone in good health under the age of 50 years old (and possibly even 70).
But that’s not what we’re doing.
The US vaccinated 600,000 12-15 year olds last week, and NHS England has drawn up contingency plans to vaccinate all children over the age of 12 in September (Pfizer is waiting for the UK regulator to approve its use for this age group in the UK).
Since March in the US and Canada, Moderna has been running trials of its vaccine on babies from six months old to children of eleven years old.
The vaccine is currently being rolled out for pregnant women (see this video of a nurse from NHS Grampian reading her script recommending this). I have to type that again. Pregnant Women. For a vaccine still in official trials, to expectant mothers who have no underlying health problems. What planet are we on? How can we accept ANY avoidable harm to a developing baby, and how can we possibly know whether or not this vaccine has effects on either the mothers or the babies?
Even if the various vaccines hadn’t shown a single negative side-effect in our experience of the adult population (and the most cursory search will show you this is by no means the case), there would still be no case, no possible justification, to condone using these experimental drugs on children.
I was going to end this with a witty twist on the leper’s bell for non vaccinated people, but I just can’t write anymore. If you don’t think this is horrifying, you are beyond saving.