Do you avoid or engage in controversy?
Increasingly I engage and when it comes to the thing that is on everyone’s mind – I refer to Covid 19 – the controversy is over vaccines.
Do you take the vaccine or not?
Where do I stand? I am not saying Yes and I’m not saying No. I am waiting to see the data on it efficacy and, more importantly, the number of vaccine related injuries and deaths.
When that data is available I will make my decision. The thing is, it is my right to decide and I will not yield to any pressure or influence.
The Covid-19 vaccine has been developed in record time (months not years as is customary) and the usual trials to test efficacy and safety have been overridden. So, IMO, it is experimental and that points me to the safeguards of the Nuremberg Code see the British Medical Journal at http://www.cirp.org/library/ethics/nuremberg/. Read it so you know your rights!
The Council of Europe, and this is particularly relevant to every citizen of CoE member countries, has made an important statement about your rights.
The CoE published 22 January 2021 an important statement about Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations and you can read that here https://pace.coe.int/en/files/29004/html
The important things to note:
- Given the reports for vaccine injuries and deaths you would want to know that compensation was available if affected. The CoE publication above states CoE member countries, “put in place independent vaccine compensation programmes to ensure compensation for undue damage and harm resulting from vaccination.” The UK government has given full indemnity to companies providing the vaccine. If you do suffer a vaccine injury you may be eligible for a tax free payment of up to £120,000 under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-add-covid-19-to-vaccine-damage-payments-scheme. Happy with that?
- If you have any uncertainty about whether or not to be vaccinated then be reassured by the CoE’s statement that: “citizens are informed that the vaccination is NOT mandatory and that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to get themselves vaccinated, if they do not wish to do so themselves AND ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated.”
You may come under pressure from family or friends – “we’ve had the vaccine, so must you it to protect us”. Let’s not forget – your body is yours and you are sovereign over it.
Brexit broke up friendships and families. The vaccine will be even more divisive. Troubling times ahead.