have written about receiving my first Pfizer coronavirus vaccine here.
Pfizer have stated that the second
dose of its Covid-19
should be delivered to
individuals within three weeks of the first.
that, “there are no data to demonstrate that protection after the
first dose is sustained after 21 days”.
30 December the UK chief medical officers announced that the second
dose of covid vaccines would be given towards the end of 12 weeks
rather than in the recommended 3 weeks. They added that vaccine
shortages were a major reason for the shift in approach and that the
government’s advisory committee decided that vaccinating as many
people as possible with a first dose should be the priority.
The World Health
Organization has declared
that delaying the
second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech beyond
21 days should take place only
under “exceptional circumstances”, and
that any change to this
would be considered "off-label use."
British Medical Association has called the decision “unreasonable and totally unfair” and
have commented, “the
decision to delay the second Pfizer/BioNTec dose to between 4-12
weeks is not based on data.”
if that was not enough to worry about, the government are now
considering giving people the Oxford-AstraZeneca dose followed by the
Pfizer one, or vice-versa.
there’s no evidence to show these two very different vaccines can
work in this way. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
have stated that the vaccines are not interchangeable.
expert John Moore, at Cornell University, commented that officials in
Britain “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just
trying to guess their way out of a mess”.
“ Last summer the health secretary,
Matt Hancock, boasted that “we have already
secured 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine.” This became,“30
million doses available
by September”, which got halved to “aiming to deliver up to 15
million doses in 2020”.
There is a complete absence of long term planning by the
government which is resulting in under-investment by Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies in their UK operations.
Johnson government’s approach seems to be all about cutting corners or just making it up as they go along.
on the day I received my vaccine Cabinet minister Dominic Raab went
on Sky News and refused to guarantee that all people who have
received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine will get a second jab
even within 12 weeks.
I am beginning to feel sick and vaccines won't cure me.