IT WAS some time in summer 2021 when I watched Boris Johnson on television commenting on the success of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by praising the 90 per cent who had come forward for their second jab.
I thought: What happened to the 10 per cent who didn’t?
Why would anyone who had agreed to participate in a very clearly promoted two-step process do only the first part? Ten per cent seemed like rather a lot of people to say, ‘That’s me done with just the one, thank you very much.’
According to the UK government website updated on April 6, 2023, 53,813,491 people in the UK have had the first dose, and 50,762,968 have had the second. That leaves 3,050,523 who stopped after the first, meaning that actually 94 per cent came forward for the second dose while 6 per cent didn’t. Let’s call it 3million.
What happened to that 3million? Why didn’t they have a second jab?
I decided to put a shout out to my network and ask anyone who took the first jab but not the second to share their reasons with me. Within 24 hours I had heard from or about 73 people. Here is a rough breakdown of their reasons:
· One person had lots of questions after having the first, not just about the injection, but about other issues surrounding the Covid infection and information. They weren’t comfortable with the entire situation, so they decided not to get the second.
· A second person’s reasons were a mixture: they considered themselves fully covered with just one and couldn’t see the point in having the second, and they knew someone who had been very unwell after the first.
· Two people had not especially wanted to get vaccinated in the first place. They felt pressured into getting it, and having the first took the pressure off, but they weren’t comfortable with it.
· Three knew someone who had been unwell after the first jab and that put them off getting the second.
· Four died after the first jab and before the second.
· The other 62 said they decided not to get the second because of how they felt after the first.
Now, it has to be taken into account that there are a significant number who are my Facebook friends simply because they have been seriously unwell following one of the injections (not necessarily the first). But there are far more who haven’t been unwell at all. Plenty have been friends with me for years, way before all this. I was expecting there to be myriad reasons to explain why some people stopped after the first. I really was not expecting the above results.
Sixty-two people out of 73 did not have the second injection because of how unwell they were after the first. To be clear, they’re not talking about having a sore arm for a few days, or feeling like they had a bit of flu. These were responses from people who required hospitalisation, thought they were going to die, became disabled, have not recovered more than two years on, and/or were advised by medical professionals not to have any more. These are people who have had their entire lives disrupted. These are people who, for the most part, are still physically and emotionally deeply affected. Something hugely significant happened to them after the first.
In my sample, those 62 people are almost 85 per cent of those who responded to my question. What if 85 per cent of all the people in the UK who didn’t have the second jab took that decision because of how unwell they became after the first? What if 85 per cent of those 3,050,523 who didn’t get the second are still dealing with life-changing, severe adverse reactions? That’s almost 2.6million people. Does the UK have 2.6million people ill following the first injection? Could that be possible?
We don’t know because the question isn’t being asked. My Facebook survey can’t be taken too seriously, even if a surprisingly high number responded, and an even more surprisingly high number responded with the exact same answer. We need a proper survey, sent out to everyone who stopped after the first. God knows the technology exists to bombard us non-stop to sign up for more – it must be possible to ask us why we haven’t.
And when we find out what happened to that 3million who stopped after the first, dare we look at the fact that only 40,373,987 had the third? Dare we ask what happened to the ten million who stopped at the second?
No, we probably don’t dare at all.
This article appeared on Caroline Pover on April 8, 2023, and is republished by kind permission.