Sun | Nov 28, 2021

Do not sugar coat COVID-19 vaccine data

Published:Tuesday | March 16, 2021 | 12:10 AM
A medical staff dispays AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site set up in the Marseille soccer Velodrome stadium, during a presentation to the media, in Marseille, France.
A medical staff dispays AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site set up in the Marseille soccer Velodrome stadium, during a presentation to the media, in Marseille, France.

THE EDITOR, Madam:

There appears to be an increased pushback against individuals expressing doubts about the existing vaccines. Many argue that receiving the current vaccines would be similar to taking the likes of poliovirus or the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines. It is certainly not.

I am a strong believer in vaccination, and I intend to take the COVID-19 jab (AstraZeneca) when it is offered. However, this does not make me any less cognisant of the fact that many of these vaccines were rushed through the routine safety and efficacy steps. It is important to note that in the United States, none of the three vaccines Pfizer, Moderna nor Johnson & Johnson jabs have been FDA approved; they are instead being used under the emergency-use authorisation. Simply put, these vaccines are not guaranteed safe since they would have bypassed certain steps of the routine development.

In the span of just one week in February 28, the US through its vaccine adverse event reporting system reported a shift from 1,097 to 1,278 deaths; an increase from approximately 19,000 to over 25,000 events. This system does not capture 100 per cent of adverse events occurring during to vaccine usage. In light of data such as these, people do have a right to be sceptical and doubtful. No product across any industry could have reported such high levels of adverse effects and still be on the market.

Therefore, it is with great scepticism but an understanding and acceptance of the risks associated with vaccines, that I am willing to become vaccinated. Additionally, this strong push and movement to get as many vaccinated as possible, while seemingly to belittling the concerns of those in doubt should stop. Instead, the Government and its technocrats need to more deeply analyse the data, and tell people as it is. Do not sugar coat COVID-19 vaccine’s data!

RAJEVE BROOKS

Microbiologist