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Tough reality of vaccine mandates

Editorial

This week has been a challenging one for many in our health and education sectors, as vaccination mandates have come into force.

People leaving jobs over this shows how strong their beliefs are.

The fact the Government has brought in this mandate, against initial wishes and knowing it would mean losing members of vital workforces that are already stretched, shows how important it is in reducing Covid risks for vulnerable people, and helping to protect patients, students, colleagues and communities.

Hauora Tairawhiti has stood down 23 staff, including 10 nurses. This equates to 3 percent of employees, compared to 1.6 percent nationally — 1309 staff from a total DHB workforce of about 80,000 have been stood down this week for refusing vaccination.

The Ministry of Education has not released national numbers yet, but a survey of teachers indicated about 1 percent — just under 700 — were refusing to get vaccinated.

Nationally, surveys show about 4 percent of people are strongly against Covid-19 vaccination; they generally fall into two groups — those who are keen to stop the virus spreading but are concerned about vaccine side effects, and those whose position stems from a lack of concern about Covid-19.

Regarding vaccination while pregnant or breastfeeding (raised by a correspondent in response to yesterday’s editorial), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccination against Covid-19 is recommended for people who are pregnant, breast-feeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

Is says this after first pointing out that “People who are pregnant or recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill with Covid-19 compared with people who are not pregnant”, and being vaccinated “can help protect you from severe illness from Covid-19”.

(Several studies show protection against the Delta strain of Covid equates to vaccinated people being 10 time less likely to become seriously ill from this disease, and 11 times less likely to die.)

The CDC goes on to say: “Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.” It finishes its advisory by saying: “There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including Covid-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”

  1. Peter Jones says:

    I’m definitely vaccine side effects and lack of concern about covid.
    Because I take this view and have not got jabbed, my overriding concern is government tyranny and the deliberate destruction of our economy to suit the UN agenda.
    Covid won’t get me but price increases and lack of income might.

  2. Tam Teota says:

    You omitted this part of that particular research, and here is the link to that research (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html)
    Providing only a portion of the research, does not provide the reader, the pregnant or breast feeding mother, with the full information they need to help them make the best decision.

    People who are Breastfeeding
    COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are breastfeeding. Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States did not include people who are breastfeeding. Therefore, there are limited data available on the:

    Safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people who are breastfeeding
    Effects of vaccination on the breastfed baby
    Effects on milk production or excretion