AS I wrote in a Letter to the Editor, in November last year I emailed my MP Stephen Barclay, the Health Secretary, as follows: ‘Medical staff/ doctors/ researchers must be able to safely whistleblow about the dangers of Covid injections and be allowed to have open discussions, without there being any threat, cancellation, loss of job or reprimand. Can you please confirm that this is government policy?’
After six reminders, I finally received a reply on July 6, eight months after my email. (Case ref: SB126003) Mr Barclay wrote:
Thank you for contacting me about Covid-19 vaccine safety.
The arrival of safe, effective and medically approved vaccines brought about a dramatic shift in our fight against Covid-19, not only in the UK but across the globe. I am incredibly proud of the strong role the UK played internationally in producing a viable vaccine, and also the incredible speed in which the NHS rolled it out domestically.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) followed rigorous procedures to ensure the vaccines met the necessary high standards in safety and efficacy. The MHRA is one of the most respected regulators in the world and I welcome that the World Health Organisation not only backed its approach, but also commended its work.
Any Covid-19 vaccine that is approved must go through rigorous clinical trials and safety checks. Millions of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. Data has shown that the vast majority of reported side effects are mild and in line with most types of vaccine, including the seasonal flu vaccine. The MHRA continues to monitor potential side effects of all vaccines in the UK. Routine safety monitoring and analysis of the approved Covid-19 vaccines by the MHRA shows that the safety of these vaccines remains as high as expected from the clinical trial data that supported the approvals.
The Government takes the issue of vaccine misinformation extremely seriously. It is essential that people are able to access accurate information so they can make informed decisions about their health. The Department of Health and Social Care is working closely with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, media, social media and technology companies on innovative ways to tackle proliferation of anti-vaccine messaging, limit misinformation, promote positive messages about vaccination and ensure that reputable sources such as NHS.UK are the most prominent. The Government uses extensive and targeted multi-channel communications, using trusted voices, and sharing accurate information about Covid-19 and vaccination, informed by clinical expertise and analysis from UKHSA.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
This is my reply, sent on July 17:
Thank you for your email response at long last.
Here is what I asked you in my original email to you: ‘Medical staff/ doctors/ researchers, must be able to safely whistleblow about the dangers of covid injections and be allowed to have open discussions, without there being any threat, cancellation, loss of job or reprimand. Can you please confirm that this is government policy?’
Your email response did not clearly answer my question, but it did so in a most roundabout and unclear way.
Your email tells me that Government policy is CERTAINLY NOT to allow medical staff/doctors/researchers to promote any information about the dangers of covid injections.
Your email tells me that Government policy is CERTAINLY NOT to allow medical staff/doctors/researchers to have open discussions about the safety and the danger of covid injections.
Your email tells me that Government policy is CERTAINLY to threaten medical staff/doctors/researchers with cancellation of job or loss of job or reprimand for promoting the dangers of covid injections or for promoting information about the dangers of covid injections.
If I have misinterpreted your obscure reply, please let me know within 7 days. Otherwise, I will share with others the current state of your Government’s policy in these matters.
Your silence will be taken to be acquiescence.
Everywhere I go people tell me about their issues. Many can no longer do the same things as before the injections.
I find this response, from the Health Secretary, no less, extremely concerning. If the Covid-19 injections are as safe and effective as he claims, my expectation would be that he would welcome and take an interest in open discussion and debate. However this is not allowed.
He mentions that the government takes the issue of vaccine misinformation extremely seriously. Yet it is the government themselves who have provided vaccine misinformation and censorship.