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Covid vaccine damages mental as well as physical health


IS IT ‘all in my mind’? That question has plagued me since I had my second AstraZeneca vaccine in 2021 and my mental health took a nosedive. Was the feeling that the vaccine was involved just part of my clinical anxiety? Since I was forced to get a booster jab (Pfizer) to see my ill 96-year-old Grandma in Germany, my mental illness has slid further down a dark slope. Catching Covid in early April appeared to make it worse. (Strangely, that bout of Covid was a lingering nasty flu whereas before Christmas the ‘worse’ variant had just given me a cold. Shouldn’t all these vaccine jabs make you less ill?)

It is only recently that I thought to look at the vaccine side effects reported to the ‘Yellow Card’ scheme, run by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), in turn under the Department of Health and Social Care. There is an obvious need for concern about heart problems – the MHRA, which itself says only 10 per cent of cases may be reported, lists around 25,000 cardiac disorders with more than 400 fatalities. However I expect most people would be surprised to learn that there are multiple pages listing various psychiatric conditions reported as Covid vaccine side effects. There is a perhaps cynical division of the reported conditions into bafflingly similar categories. The result is smaller numbers per category and a confusing picture. However I have pulled out some of the larger numbers by citing the overarching category, to suggest a significant impact of Covid vaccines on mental health. These figures are all up to June 8, 2022, and can be found at this link.

Pfizer: anxiety 1,125, depressive disorders 482, mental fatigue 252, mood disorders 558, mood alterations with depressive symptoms 545, panic attacks 271. Seven people contracted bipolar, 2 schizophrenia, 36 psychotic disorders, 56 suicidal ideation, 9 suicide attempts and 2 suicides. in total there are 10,326 reported psychiatric conditions following the Pfizer vaccine resulting in 3 deaths.

Moderna: anxiety 265, depression 104, mood alterations with depressive symptoms 130, emotional and mood disturbances not elsewhere classified (NEC) 114, confusional state 239, mood disorders NEC 26, panic attacks 58, psychosis 3. There is also 1 case of bipolar, 20 of suicidal ideation and 3 suicide attempts. In total there are 2,604 psychiatric disorders reported as side effects from the Moderna vaccine resulting in one death.

AstraZeneca: anxiety 1,384, agitation 215, confusional state 783, depressive disorders 783, dissociative states 107, emotional and mood disturbances NEC 792,  mental fatigue 502, mood alterations with depressive symptoms 883, mood disorders NEC 213, panic attacks 363, psychotic disorders NEC 58. There are 21 reported cases of ADHD, 4 of autism, 14 of bipolar, 1 case of schizophrenia, 31 suicide attempts and 4 suicides. In total MHRA lists 18,511 cases of psychiatric disorders following the AstraZeneca vaccine, and 6 deaths.

It is highly likely that all these cases are new occurrences of psychiatric conditions, because those with pre-existing mental illness would not necessarily look to an external reason for a change or worsening of symptoms. If for example you already suffered from anxiety or depression, you are highly unlikely to ascribe a worsening of your illness to the Covid vaccine, especially with the horrific impact of lockdown thrown into the mix. 

Most who have chronic mental illness are on long-term and multiple medications. Being on psychiatric drugs means you must carefully consider taking regular painkillers, the contraceptive pill, different antibiotics, and often your diet. Any change or addition needs research, perhaps medical consultation and sometimes a weighing up of pros and cons. But regarding the Covid vaccine all we got booming at us from the media, politicians and even the Church was that it was necessary for all. Indeed many of us with mental illnesses were put into priority categories to be amongst the first to receive the jabs. It was claimed that highly stressed bodies were at greater risk from Covid but the vaccine apparently was (all together now) ‘100 per cent safe and effective’. Line up, line up! Chris Whitty even cited a benefit to mental health as a reason for 12-to-15-year-olds getting the Covid vaccine. 

In fact it is highly likely that all manner of mental health harm has been done by these vaccines both to previously healthy people, as suggested by the Yellow Card scheme, and to the already mentally ill. If the Covid vaccines could trigger psychiatric conditions in the previously healthy it seems reasonable to assume they will have worsened existing mental illness amongst at least some. However regarding the latter there is no data and no way of assessing the damage done. We must wait until some ethical scientist decides to do the required research. 

The argument often levelled at anyone highlighting serious side effects from the Covid vaccines is that they have saved countless more lives than they have harmed or ended. Yet the logic in this is shockingly flawed. If someone was never at risk of death, serious or even mild harm from Covid then any damage done to them by the vaccines is unnecessary and wrong. These ‘someones’ are the vast majority of the population. The serious illness or death of such a person as a result of being misled or coerced into getting vaccinated, whether by the threat of a restricted life or sugar-coated moral pressure, is a crime. 

Furthermore the sacred principle of informed consent for medical treatment has been destroyed by the mass Covid vaccine rollout. It has been consigned to the graveyard along with free scientific debate. The accepted view that all healthcare must always be personal and that every person’s body is unique has been broken. This has unimaginably serious implications for the future of all our health and indeed our basic liberty. Professor Jay Bhattacharya has called lockdowns ‘the single biggest public health mistake in history’. The horrific evidence for this is now acknowledged even by some previous supporters of the policy. Yet the ‘one-size-fits-all’ mass rollout of new technology vaccines, with not even medium-term impact data, must surely sit alongside lockdowns as one of the great errors of history. I fear the unwillingness amongst the political elite to contemplate that the ‘world-beating Covid vaccine programme’ was an error spells disaster not just for future pandemics but for our general approach to healthcare.

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Romy Cerratti
Romy Cerratti
Romy Cerratti is half German, a quarter Italian and a quarter Peruvian but is proud to be British. She has a masters degree in medieval history from Oxford and is a passionate campaigner on issues of mental health and NHS reform.

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