THE vaccine issue seems, among some opponents of lockdown, to be playing the same role that the conspiracy issue played so effectively during the early months of Covid.
Any hint of lack of enthusiasm for the vaccine is labelled as ‘anti-vax’ as dismissively as any suggestion of the convergence of interested parties to lockdowns was labelled early on as ‘conspiracy theory.’
But now the Government has announced that it intends to legally oblige at least 200,000 care home staff – and perhaps all 1.5million people working in social care – to get vaccinated, and that it plans to roll out the vaccination programme to all children.
It is past time, I think, to start talking a little less about lockdowns and a lot more about vaccines.
There are, as far as I can tell, four reasons to be sceptical of the Government’s vaccine narrative.
1. At least if you are under 65 years of age with no medical condition serious enough to be life-threatening, your chances of being affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus are minuscule. I had the usual childhood vaccinations, as did my children. But I have not accepted vaccination for the flu. Nor have I had my children vaccinated for the flu.
I have worked on the principle that it is probably no bad thing to get a virus or two to bolster your natural immunity. I have had the flu on two occasions. It was not pleasant. I got over it. Along these lines, I have no intention of being vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. I have no intention of having my children vaccinated against it.
2. When I have refused offers of the flu vaccine, when I have exempted my children from flu vaccination at school, nobody has batted an eyelid. It was not a big deal.
However, it is becoming clear that the Government, in concert with businesses both actively complicit and complicit by default, intends, not only to promote vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 as it has promoted the virus itself and its measures to mitigate it, but to make vaccination as mandatory as it possibly can.
Holidays abroad, entry to sporting events, and now work in the care service are on the way to being impossible without proof of vaccination.
It is all in the beginning phases, with uncertain legality hanging over it – the Nuremburg Code should save us, but will it? However, it is not too much to say this at the least: The Government’s bullying tactics, which have made everyone afraid of the virus and each other, and which have remade us as a population of maskers and distancers, are being brought to bear even harder and even faster on the vaccination programme.
I cannot count how many people I have spoken to who have accepted vaccination because they want to go on holiday. My anger at this response is directed not at those who utter it, but at the government that has quite deliberately created a situation in which the population presumes that it will not be able to return to even the most basic freedoms unless it accepts the jab.
3. And who is it that is promoting these at least somewhat unnecessary vaccines with such vicious determination? The very people who, throughout this year, we opponents of lockdowns have lambasted as, at best, misguided incompetents – at worst, now warped and corrupted opportunists: Patrick Vallance, Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and the rest.
That these perpetrators have been joined by a chorus of willing celebrities – Elton John, Dolly Parton, Michael Caine – should be nothing to us. You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, no matter how glitzy its entourage.
It is true that some well-known sceptics of lockdowns have succumbed to the experimental vaccine – Peter Hitchens, Jonathan Sumption and Desmond Swayne, to name a few.
One wonders what they are thinking now, in light of growing safety concerns, government backtracking and the pushing of a pointless, risky and unnecessary vaccine on younger groups.
At any rate, from neither Hitchens nor Sumption did we ever receive a wholehearted endorsement of vaccines. On the contrary, they both present as tired and, with likely less time left in the world than some of us, naïvely willing to make a few deals.
These first three reasons, taken on their own, provide ample justification for scepticism about the Government’s vaccination programme. But there is a fourth reason.
4. There are growing concerns about the nature of these mostly unnecessary injections, being forced upon us by people we have spent the last year coming to evermore distrust.
These concerns have been set out very clearly by ex-Pfizer boss Dr Mike Yeadon in these pages.
All year we have suffered the outrage that healthy people are being constantly tested for SARS-CoV-2, and that healthy people are being repeatedly quarantined with SARS-CoV-2.
Now comes the greatest outrage of all: That healthy people are being vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, and thereby put at risk of serious adverse effects and unknown future events though they are at negligible risk from Covid itself.
What of the unresolved questions about the effects of the experimental vaccines on fertility? Even the Government’s vaccine information advises that pregnant women or those who think they might be pregnant, should not take the vaccine.
Why? There is no safety data on either pregnancy or breastfeeding. And in the absence of trial data, there is no certainty that vaccines will not cause adverse events in pregnancy.
But what if you might be pregnant, or are pregnant without knowing it, or plan to become pregnant, or are of an age to get pregnant though with no plans to do so? Surely many of the workers in the care sector – who are currently being put under huge pressure to be vaccinated – fall into one of these categories.
Is the reproductive life of women to be bandied about their workplace? Are women to be forced to receive the new treatments when the impact on fertility is not established? Or are women, once again, going to have to choose between having children and paid employment?
And how can we accept that children are to be drawn into this unprecedented vaccination experiment too – for no medical or public health reason at all?
How much more of this scenario are we prepared to subject our children to? Testing. Isolating. Masking. Now medicating? For a disease from which they do not suffer? The six children who died in hospital with this disease had severe comorbidities.
There must be many medical professionals who share Dr Yeadon’s concerns about the safety of these incompletely tested vaccines.
Indeed, according to consultant K. Polyakova, medical professionals themselves are falling victim to the vaccines’ side-effects in shockingly high numbers that are not being made public.
He says: ‘… what I am currently struggling with is the failure to report the reality of the morbidity caused by our current vaccination programme within the health service and staff population.
‘The levels of sickness after vaccination are unprecedented and staff are getting very sick and some with neurological symptoms which is having a huge impact on the health service function.
‘Even the young and healthy are off for days, some for weeks, and some requiring medical treatment. Whole teams are being taken out as they went to get vaccinated together.’
Significantly, perhaps, these comments have since been deleted by the British Medical Journal.
Yet it is doctors and nurses themselves who are administering these vaccines, it seems, despite their colleagues suffering so many adverse reactions that there are staff shortages as a result.
Our scepticism about the Covid narrative has until now included a willingness to believe that many of our doctors and nurses are, for whatever reason, ignorant of the extent to which Covid policies are detrimental to health and to life.
That is no longer a tenable belief. It is time for medical professionals to stand up and be counted.