Prof Sir Simon Wessely And Prof Chris Whitty In Discussion 1st April 2021
Derek Maylor, NW BT Unions H&S Co-ord member and Health & Safety Officer (Telecom section) of the CWU's Grter Mersey Amal Branch; reports on a Royal Society Of Medicine webinar, discussing Covid with leading experts:
All vaccines are about weighing up the evidence outputs against not doing it, for Covid vaccines their usage far outweighs the outcome of not having them as a nation. If there was any significant evidence in the efficiency of the vaccine we would stop – but the opposite there is no evidence of efficacy waning, even without the second vaccine dose. This is quite normal with any vaccines. The data is in line with what we expected clearly, also if I am questioned which vaccine is best, the best vaccine is the one you are getting.
The South African variant is a concern but not as big a concern as things were a year ago. Data shows that we may still get affected and contact the virus but it will not “knock you out” after any of the vaccines. We always knew there would be variants, the first and current variants are not getting around immunity but they are better at transmitting. If we look forward two years there will be a large choice of vaccines available to everyone in the world who wants one.
There are slight different side effects in the vaccines but getting a headache is better than getting Covid, importantly and sadly there always a low possibility but high impact event for the one person – that is true for any other vaccine, medicine or medical intervention.
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