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The new Health Secretary must listen to warnings on Covid vaccines for children


FOLLOWING the departure of Sajid Javid as Health Secretary, more than 100 health experts have signed an urgent letter to his successor Steve Barclay, calling on him to pause the Covid vaccines for healthy children pending a thorough safety review. It is to be hoped that Mr Barclay, unlike his predecessor, will listen and take on board the compelling evidence continuously presented to the government and its health advisory and regulatory agencies over the last year by Dr Ros Jones and colleagues.


Dear Mr Barclay,

Re: Covid-19 vaccines for children

Firstly, congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State at the DHSC.

We, the undersigned health professionals and scientists, call upon you urgently to pause the Covid-19 vaccine rollout for healthy children, while a thorough and independent safety review is undertaken.

We have between us written numerous letters to your predecessors, regarding both the safety and necessity of these mRNA products in children. We would urge you to consider very carefully the role of vaccination in ever younger children against SARS-CoV-2 despite the gradual but significant reducing virulence of successive variants, the increasing evidence of rapidly waning vaccine efficacy, the increasing concerns over long-term vaccine harms, and the knowledge that the vast majority of this young age group have already been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 repeatedly and have demonstrably effective immunity. Thus, the balance of benefit and risk which supported the rollout of mRNA vaccines to the elderly and vulnerable in 2021 is totally inappropriate for children in 2022. 

Below are links to all the letters we have written to the regulators over the past year. The detailed questions contained have never been properly addressed. Legal challenges are also in progress.

June 30, 2022

February 14, 2022

January 19 2022

January 7, 2022 

December 10, 2021

November 14, 2021:

August 23, 2021

June 6, 2021

May 17 2021

May 17 2021 (appendix to above letter)

You may be aware that members of the Pandemic Response All Party Parliamentary Group have also written regarding increased all-cause mortality in 15-19-year-old males, again with no proper answer.

The health of the nation’s children is of paramount concern and must surely be a high priority for an incoming Minister. We entreat you to apply the precautionary principle to the use of these products which still have no long-term safety data for children. Pausing the rollout would cost nothing.

We wish you well in the challenging job you have ahead.

Dr Rosamond Jones, MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, retired consultant paediatrician, convenor of Children’s Covid Vaccine Advisory Council (CCVAC)

Professor Anthony J Brookes, Professor of Genomics and Health Data Science, University of Leicester

Professor Angus Dalgleish, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPath, FMed Sci, Principal, Institute for Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy (ICVI)

Prof Anthony Fryer, PhD, FRCPath, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, Keele University 

Professor Richard Ennos, MA, PhD. Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Professor David Livermore, BSc, PhD, Retired Professor of Medical Microbiology, UEA

Professor John Fairclough FRCS FFSEM retired Honorary Consultant Surgeon 

Professor Norman Fenton, CEng, CMath, PhD, FBCS, MIET, Professor of Risk Information Management, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Keith Willison, PhD, Professor of Chemical Biology, Imperial College, London

Lord Moonie,  MBChB, MRCPsych, MFCM, MSc, House of Lords, former parliamentary under-secretary of state 2001-2003, former consultant in Public Health Medicine

Julie Annakin, RN, Immunisation Specialist Nurse

Dr Abby Astle, MBBChir, BA(Cantab),DCH, DGM, MRCGP, GP Principal, GP Trainer, GP Examiner

Dr Elyse Baril-Guerard, MD, CCFP, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Michael Bazlinton, MBCHB MRCGP DCH, General Practitioner

Dr David Bell, MBBS, PhD, FRCP(UK), Public Health Physician

Dr Mark A Bell, MBChB, MRCP(UK), FRCEM, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Dr Michael D Bell, MBChB, MRCGP, retired General Practitioner

Dr Alan Black, MBBS, MSc, DipPharmMed, Retired Pharmaceutical Physician

Dr David Bramble, MBChB, MRCPsych, MD, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Emma Brierly, MBBS, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Kim Bull, Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, Paramedic

Dr Elizabeth Burton, MB ChB, Retired General Practitioner

Dr David Cartland, MBChB, BMedSci, General practitioner

Dr Peter Chan, BM, MRCS, MRCGP, NLP, General Practitioner, Functional medicine

Michael Cockayne, MSc, PGDip, SCPHNOH, BA, RN, Occupational Health Practitioner

Dr Julie Coffey, MBChB, General Practitioner 

John Collis, RN, Specialist Nurse Practitioner, retired

Mr Ian F Comaish, MA, BM BCh, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, Consultant Ophthalmologist

James Cook, NHS Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Public Health

Dr Zac Cox, BDS, LCPH, Dentist

Dr Clare Craig, BMBCh, FRCPath, Pathologist

Dr David Critchley, BSc, PhD in Pharmacology, 32 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical R&D

Dr Sue de Lacy, MBBS MRCGP AFMCP UK, Integrative Medicine Doctor

Dr Jayne LM Donegan, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, DFFP, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB, private physician

Dr Jonathan Engler, MBChB, LlB (hons), DipPharmMed

Dr Elizabeth Evans, MA (Cantab), MBBS, DRCOG, Retired Doctor

Dr Christopher Exley, PhD FRSB, retired professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry

Dr John Flack, BPharm, PhD, retired Director of Safety Evaluation at Beecham Pharmaceuticals, retired Senior Vice-president for Drug Discovery SmithKline Beecham

Dr Charles Forsyth, MBBS, BSEM, Independent Medical Practitioner

Dr Simon Fox, BSc, BMBCh, FRCP, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine

Dr Jenny Goodman, MA, MBChB, Ecological Medicine

Dr Ali Haggett, Mental health community work, 3rd sector, former lecturer in the history of medicine

David Halpin, MB BS FRCS, Orthopaedic and trauma surgeon (retired)

Dr Catherine Hatton, MBChB, General Practitioner

Mr Anthony Hinton, MBChB, FRCS, Consultant ENT surgeon, London

Dr Renée Hoenderkampf, General Practitioner

Dr Andrew Isaac, MB BCh, Physician, retired

Dr Steve James, Consultant Intensive Care

Dr Keith Johnson, BA, DPhil (Oxon), IP Consultant for Diagnostic Testing

Dr Pauline Jones, MB BS, Retired General Practitioner

Dr Gemma Kemp, MBBS, FRCPath, Consultant Forensic Pathologist

Dr Tanya Klymenko, PhD, FHEA, FIBMS, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Dr Charles Lane, MA, DPhil, Molecular Biologist

Dr Branko Latinkic, BSc, PhD, Molecular Biologist

Dr Theresa Lawrie, MBBCh, PhD, Director, Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd, Bath

Dr Jason Lester, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Felicity Lillingstone, IMD DHS PhD ANP, Doctor, Urgent Care, Research Fellow 

Mr Malcolm Loudon, MBChB, MD, FRCSEd, FRCS(Gen Surg), MIHM,VR, Consultant Surgeon

Katherine MacGilchrist, BSc (Hons), MSc, CEO/Systematic Review Director, Epidemica Ltd.

Dr Geoffrey Maidment, MBBS, MD, FRCP, Consultant physician, retired

Ahmad K Malik FRCS (Tr & Orth) Dip Med Sport, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Kulvinder Singh Manik, MBBS, General Practitioner

Dr Fiona Martindale, MBChB, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Julie Maxwell, MBBCh, MRCPCH, Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician

Dr S McBride, BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology & Immunobiology, MBBCh BAO, MSc in Clinical Gerontology, MRCP (UK), FRCEM, FRCP (Edinburgh). NHS Emergency Medicine & geriatrics

Mr Ian McDermott, MBBS, MS, FRCS (Tr&Orth), FFSEM (UK), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Scott McLachlan, FAIDH, MCSE, MCT, DSysEng, LLM, MPhil, Postdoctoral researcher

Dr Franziska Meuschel, MD, ND, PhD, LFHom, BSEM, Nutritional, Environmental and Integrated Medicine

Dr Scott Mitchell, MBChB, MRCS, Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr Alan Mordue, MBChB, FFPH. Retired Consultant in Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology

Dr David Morris, MBChB, MRCP(UK), General Practitioner

Dr Claire Mottram, BSc Hons, MBChB, Doctor in General Practice

Margaret Moss, MA (Cantab), CBiol, MRSB, Director, The Nutrition and Allergy Clinic, Cheshire

Dr Alice Murkies, MD, FRACGP, MBBS, General Practitioner

Dr Greta Mushet, MBChB, MRCPsych, retired Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy

Dr Sarah Myhill, MBBS, retired GP and Naturopathic Physician

Mr Colin Natali, BSc(hons) MBBS, FRCS (Orth), Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Dr Chris Newton, PhD, Biochemist working in immuno-metabolism

Dr Rachel Nicholl, PhD, Medical researcher

Dr Richard J. O’Shea. MBBCh, BA(Hons) MRCGP, General Practitioner

Sue Parker Hall, certified transactional analyst (CTA, psychotherapy); MSc (Counselling & Supervision) MBACP (senior accredited practitioner); EMDR practitioner, Psychotherapist

Dr Dean Patterson, MBChB, FRCP, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Christina Peers, MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FFSRH, Menopause specialist 

Rev Dr William J U Philip MB ChB, MRCP, BD, Senior Minister The Tron Church, Glasgow, formerly physician specialising in cardiology

Anna Phillips, RSCN, BSc Hons, Clinical Lead Trainer Clinical Systems (Paediatric Intensive Care)

Dr Angharad Powell, MBChB, BSc (hons), DFRSH, DCP (Ireland), DRCOG, DipOccMed, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Gerry Quinn, PhD. Postdoctoral researcher in microbiology and immunology

Dr Johanna Reilly, MBBS, General Practitioner

Jessica Righart, MSc, MIBMS, Senior Critical Care Scientist

Mr Angus Robertson, BSc, MB ChB, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Jessica Robinson, BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCPsych, MFHom, Psychiatrist and Integrative

 Medicine Doctor

Dr Jon Rogers, MB ChB (Bristol), Retired General Practitioner

Mr James Royle, MBChB, FRCS, MMedEd, Colorectal surgeon

Dr Roland Salmon, MB BS, MRCGP, FFPH, Former Director, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Wales

Sorrel Scott, Grad Dip Phys, Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology, 30 years in NHS

Dr Rohaan Seth, BSc (hons), MBChB (hons), MRCGP, Retired General Practitioner

Dr Haleema Sheikh, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Gary Sidley, retired NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Annabel Smart, MBBS, retired General Practitioner

Natalie Stephenson, BSc (Hons) Paediatric Audiologist

Dr Zenobia Storah,MA (Oxon), Dip Psych, DClinPsy, Senior Clinical Psychologist (Child and Adolescent)

Dr Noel Thomas, MA, MBChB, DCH, DObsRCOG, DTM&H, MFHom, retired doctor

Dr Stephen Ting, MB CHB, MRCP, PhD, Consultant Physician

Dr Julian Tompkinson, MBChB MRCGP, General Practitioner GP trainer PCME

Suzanne Tomkinson BSc MSc CSci FIBMS Senior Biomedical Scientist (Clinical Biochemistry)

Dr Livia Tossici-Bolt, PhD, Clinical Scientist

Dr Helen Westwood MBChB MRCGP DCH DRCOG, General Practitioner

Dr Carmen Wheatley, DPhil, Orthomolecular Oncology

Mr Lasantha Wijesinghe, FRCS, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Dr Damian Wilde, PhD, (Chartered) Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Ruth Wilde, MB BCh, MRCEM, AFMCP, Integrative & Functional Medicine Doctor

Dr Stefanie Williams, MD, Dermatologist

Dr Holly Young, BSc, MBChB, MRCP, Consultant Palliative Care Medicine

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