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Health & Fitness: Covid vaccine ‘consent form’: Every claim in the hoax NHS checklist emailed to schools, fact-checked

Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland's Covid admissions rise 50%

  Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland's Covid admissions rise 50% Some 114 Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Scotland the week up to September 1, compared to a seven-day rolling average of 76 on August 24.Data from the Government's Covid dashboard showed that on average there were 114 patients being admitted each day to hospitals in Scotland in the week to September 1, compared to 76 the week prior.

A hoax email about the Covid vaccines has been sent to schools and parents in England. The email, which features a checklist that parents, clinicians and patients are instructed to complete, falsely claims to be from the NHS.

Parent Ruth Moss, who shared a thread on receiving the letter and form from her son’s school, told i that she immediately thought it was created to deter people from getting the vaccine.

Dr Jonathan Leach, NHS medical director for Covid immunisation, confirmed the checklist is fake and has not been issued by the health service despite carrying its logo.

It makes a number of claims – including some that are completely false. Here, i debunks the myths and attempts to clarify the misleading claims.

12 to 15-year-olds given Covid vaccines in schools from TODAY

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Claim: Unlike traditional vaccines, the vaccines being used for Covid-19 (“the Covid-19 vaccines”) instruct the body cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

The Covid-19 virus features a spike protein that enables it to enter the body’s cells. The Covid-19 vaccines help your body to make antibodies against the spike protein so that if and when they encounter it, they can fight off the virus.

They do this by instructing your immune system to produce the protein but it’s a safer way then developing natural immunity from infection.

Claim: The COVID-19 vaccines may reduce severity of symptoms if the patient gets Covid-19, but may not prevent them from getting Covid-19 nor from passing it on

Medical experts, including the Chief Medical Officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the pharmaceutical companies that have produced the vaccines have always stated that no vaccine, including the ones for Covid-19, is 100 per cent effective.

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The main benefit of the vaccines is that they reduce the chance of serious illness, hospitalisation and death. While it is true that you can still get Covid-19 even if fully vaccinated, this is less likely when compared to unvaccinated people.

Claim: Although alternative treatments are available, the Covid-19 vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorisation, so require less comprehensive clinical data

It’s important to remember that the Covid-19 vaccines are not a treatment for coronavirus, they are a preventative measure to stop people getting seriously ill and infected with the virus in the first place.

While numerous vaccines have been developed, only those deemed safe and effective by independent medical experts have been approved for use in the UK.

None of the authorised vaccines have skipped safety monitoring measures, and all have completed clinical trials.

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  FDA defends Moderna's Covid vaccine after Nordic countries pause use The FDA will not follow Nordic nations in restricting the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and defends the shots after concerns arose over heart inflammation as a side-effect.Denmark, Finland and Sweden limited use of Moderna in younger people after data found some males under age 30 were developing myocarditis after receiving the jab.

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Claim: By 8 September 2021, of the 48,344,566 people that had received at least one jab, there had been 1,645 deaths (1 in 29,389 chance of dying from the vaccine) and 1,196,813 adverse reactions officially reported. The actual figures may be 10 times higher. Adverse reactions were reported more often in younger people than in older adults.

Anyone can report an adverse reaction to the Covid vaccines to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) but this doesn’t mean there is a confirmed link between the two.

Where adverse reactions have been linked to a Covid vaccine, as is the case with blood clots and the Oxford Astrazeneca jab, advice has been updated so that people under 40 are offered an alternative.

Anyone can report any side effects to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.

The MHRA records all yellow card reports and publishes their findings – but the numbers claimed in the hoax checklist are not reflected in the data.

The claim that adverse reactions were caused by the Covid vaccine is misleading as it lacks context, the MHRA states that reactions reported “are not always proven side effects” and that some may have happened even without a jab.

NHS boss says health service was NEVER overwhelmed by Covid

  NHS boss says health service was NEVER overwhelmed by Covid Amanda Pritchard told MPs expanding critical care, introducing new treatments and rolling out the vaccine prevented hospitals from becoming overrun over the last year-and-a-half. However, medics who worked on the frontlines during the first and second waves of immediately slammed their boss, accusing her of 'gaslighting'.Mrs Pritchard also warned the NHS is on course for a 'tough winter' and that a rise in Covid-infected patients would have a knock-on effect on how much other, planned care could be carried out. She suggested pressures on the health service could see thousands more hospital treatments cancelled.

Many of those who have been vaccinated so far are elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions, which further increases the likelihood of coincidental adverse events happening.

The MHRA investigates all reports. To date, no causal links between vaccines and deaths have been found.

Claim: Adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines include, but are not limited to: strokes, blindness, deafness, clotting, miscarriages, anaphylaxis and cardiovascular disorders.

Like all medicines and vaccines, the Covid vaccines can cause side effects in some people. These are usually mild and tend not to last longer than a week.

Common known side effects include soreness in the injected arm, tiredness, a headache, muscle aches and feeling or being sick.

Some people may experience other side effects such as blood clots but this risk remains small.

There is no evidence of a causal link between people suffering strokes, blindness, deafness, miscarriages, anaphylaxis and cardiovascular disorders and Covid vaccines, the MHRA said.

Claim: We will not know what the possible long term effects of the Covid-19 vaccines may be (e.g. infertility) until after the studies of the clinical trials conclude in 2023. For this reason, the Covid-19 vaccines may be considered experimental.

Sources say PM's focus on Cop26 to blame for faltering roll-out

  Sources say PM's focus on Cop26 to blame for faltering roll-out Boris Johnson has 'taken his eye off the ball' and his energies have been consumed by preparations for the forthcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.Tensions are rising in Whitehall over the slow take-up of booster vaccines and jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds which has coincided with a sharp rise in infections and hospitalisations, with a source claiming the Prime Minister's energies continue to be consumed by preparations for the upcoming conference in Glasgow.

The vaccines are new but are not classed as experimental as they have been subjected to the same level of rigorous testing as other vaccines. As with other medicines authorised for use in the UK, they will be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure they continue to be safe.

There is no data to support the claim that any of the Covid vaccines affect fertility in men or women but there is evidence to support that women still become pregnant after vaccination.

Although pregnant women are excluded from clinical trials, a number of women in both the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups became pregnant by accident.

Claim: The manufacturers of the Covid-19 vaccines are immune from civil liability.

It is not novel for manufacturers to be protected from civil liability when they are asked to supply unlicensed medicines. But even with this immunity, those responsible for any vaccine that does not meet the required standards of safety, quality and efficacy are not protected from legal action.

While the MHRA has deemed the vaccines safe, as a precautionary measure, the Government added the COVID-19 vaccines to the vaccine damage scheme ahead of the rollout. This means that individuals who experience severe disability from a government-recommended vaccine, including the Covid ones, can receive a tax-free lump sum.

As of 11 January 2021, the average age of death in the UK with Covid-19 was 83

ONS data published on 11 January 2021 shows that the median age for deaths as a result of Covid-19 were 83 and the mean age for Covid-19 deaths was 80.4.

While older people are among those more vulnerable to getting ill with the virus, young people can catch Covid and get seriously ill and die from it as well. Even those who experienced a relatively mild case of the virus, have gone on to develop long Covid.

Claim: Crude mortality rates from 29 June 2020 to 12 May 2021 show under-30s may be more likely to die from taking a Covid-19 vaccine than from dying with Covid-19:

It’s misleading to compare data of deaths of vaccinated people and the rate of deaths of those dying with Covid-19.

Even in cases where someone has died after being vaccinated, this does not automatically prove a link between their death and Covid vaccination.

Mandatory Covid jabs: Major cities including London and Birmingham have lowest vaccine uptake for NHS workers .
Over six per cent of NHS workers have yet to receive a single dose of the vaccineEvery month NHS England releases a breakdown on the number of vaccinated healthcare workers in each individual NHS trust, which totals 216 in England.

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