We can’t have it both ways: either we let SCIENCE rule the fight against Covid or we allow politicians and local bureaucrats interfere … and potentially place us all at greater risk.
For decades, we’ve heard from doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health authorities: Take medications as prescribed; Don’t cut medication doses; Don’t miss a scheduled dose.
No one ever said: DELAY a required dose for a week or two … so politicians and health authorities can do more with less, and try to impress.
Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening with Covid-19 vaccinations in some states and provinces, including BC.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine protocols say a second dose is REQUIRED, 21 to 28 days after the first jab.
That’s the scientific basis and timeline under which the vaccines were developed by the companies; that’s the schedule that was used to test the vaccines on tens of thousands of volunteers by several testing agencies; that’s the specific dosage parameters and frequency that was approved by Health Canada.
I have not seen a single piece of scientific RESEARCH, EVIDENCE or STUDIES that guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccination program won’t be affected by altering, delaying that REQUIRED second injection for not just days, but weeks!
Yet POLITICIANS and BUREAUCRATS think we should trust THEM to delay the second dose, without citing ANY scientific testing that backs up their decision to set back the dosage timing.
The rationale is that, instead of holding back second doses when vaccines arrive, all of them should be administered to as many people as possible, with second doses coming from scheduled future shipments. Even if that means delaying the second shot to BEYOND the previously tested and approved schedule.
This is playing Roulette with public health and safety!
Who designated politicians and health officers, working behind desks, as experts in vaccine research, development, testing, dosage, and impacts of extra delays?
How dare they set aside the EXACT timing that many months of study, research, testing, evaluations and licensing approvals PRESCRIBED in protocols approving the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines!
In fact, Pfizer officials have warned AGAINST delaying the second doses:
” “We can only support usage of the product according to the label and indication agreed upon with Health Canada,” company spokesperson Christina Antoniou told CTV News.
Pfizer also issued a statement saying that “the phase three trial showed that the immunity began to take effect 12 days after the first dose, but that only “52.4% vaccine efficacy was observed between dose 1 and dose 2. After getting the second dose, effectiveness rises to 95 per cent.”
Clearly, delaying the second shot increases risk … especially for the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions who are most vulnerable.
You can read the whole story here: Pfizer pushes back after Quebec delays second vaccine doses, says data doesn’t exist | CTV News .
And that’s not all.
Groups of BC Doctors AND BC Nurses have also opposed delaying second doses beyond the schedule recommended by the pharmaceutical firms and approved by Health Canada.
” “We understand the rationale for this decision; however, there are several reasons why this decision by public health is extremely alarming, unethical and a violation of the rights to informed consent,” the group of BC Emergency Medicine physicians have said in a letter to the province.
” “By not following the advocated guideline, B.C. has elected to unroll the vaccine in a fashion that is not supported by the existing evidence and could be considered ‘experimental,'” the doctors added, according to a story on CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-covid-19-vaccine-second-dose-delayed-1.5865482.
BC’s Public Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry has defended the government’s decision to delay second doses:
“We did an ethical review, we looked at the data, we looked at the modelling of how many people we could best protect and we looked at the operational issues of how much vaccine we’re expecting,” Henry said.
Sorry, Doctor, that’s NOT science! That’s subjective interpretation and estimated projections at best; gambling and political expediency at worst!
” “The decision to announce a delayed vaccination schedule after doses have begun to be administered is in itself an experiment that we unknowingly became a part of and that we did not consent to,” said BC Nurses in their own complaint to the government.
The World Health Organization has also weighed in, noted distribution problems in some countries, and said “although administering the second dose between 21 to 28 days is “recommended” , the second dose could safely be delayed for up to six weeks.”
Frankly, I trust the recommendations of the companies that developed the vaccines over the WHO …. and Health Canada’s approved protocols too over the WHO.
Most of us are looking forward to getting the Covid vaccine … but it should be administered EXACTLY as it was researched, developed, recommended and approved!
Even if it means I have to wait a bit longer to get mine.