Her Majesty’s Government intend to ignore the advice of their own vaccine advisory body and press on with jabs for kids regardless. So much for ‘following the science’.
On Friday, in a rare but welcome display of common sense, the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) refused to give the green light to vaccinating healthy children aged 12-15 years old.
But later that day and over the weekend, ministers claimed ‘wider issues’ meant the JCVI could be ignored.
LOW RISK FROM VIRUS
The JCVI concluded children are at such low risk from the virus that vaccination would offer only ‘marginal gain’. Therefore there was ‘insufficient’ evidence to offer mass vaccination to this age group. The decision on healthy children was based on concern over the blood clotting side effect of the Pfizer vaccine which causes heart inflammation. The complication may be ‘extremely rare‘, as the BBC hastened to observe, but it would be self-inflicted.
Instead, some 200,000 children with chronic heart, lung and liver conditions, who are at higher risk from Covid than healthy children, should be offered the vaccines, said the JCVI. The BBC adds ‘A group of 150,000 children with conditions such as severe neurodisabilities, Down‘s syndrome and severely weakened immune systems as well as those living with vulnerable adults are already eligible.‘
To put those numbers in perspective, there is a total of three million children in the 12-15 age group across the UK.
Prof Wei Shen Lim, chairman of Covid immunisation for the JCVI said it was “taking a precautionary approach’.
‘The margin of benefit is considered too small to support universal Covid-19 vaccination for this age group at this time. The committee will continue to review safety data as they emerge,’ he added.
‘WIDER ISSUES’ INVOLVED
The JCVI’s decision is only advisory. In an indication that they have been leant on by ministers, they conceded the government ‘could consider wider issues including disruption to schools’.
Of course the ‘disruption to schools’ could be ended by stopping the bubble system and getting back to pre-pandemic normal. But money and politics, not health, are to be the driving factors.
According to the Telegraph, last week the NHS began recruiting thousands of vaccinators for schools. The Health Secretary said the Government needed to ‘move quickly’ on the rollout of jabs to children.
Clearly the health service has been jumping the gun, or as Health Secretary Sajid Javid put it, ‘making preparations while awaiting advice from the JCVI on whether the rollout should be extended’.
Also last week, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, said he ‘very much hopes’ that vaccines can be rolled out to the under-16s. Why would anyone want do that? Let us pray he is put under pressure to explain why the Government are ignoring the JCVI when Parliament resumes and he takes questions in the House of Commons from 2.30pm on Monday 6th September.
‘Seek Further Advice’
In another display of weakness, the JCVI recommended that the Health Secretary ‘seek further advice’ as if their advice is not good enough.
So it is that Mr Javid quickly told Professor Chris Whitty, England‘s Chief Medical Officer to go off and find a ‘wider benefit to society’ from vaccinating youngsters.
Mr Javid wants Prof. Whitty and the chief medical officers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ‘consider the vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds from a broader perspective’.
He has asked them to look at ‘the effects of Covid on children‘s education and pupil absences from school’. The JCVI – made up of vaccine experts – is apparently not qualified to consider this vital ‘ediucational’ aspect.
‘We will then consider the advice, building on the advice from the JCVI, before making a decision shortly,’ he said.
Straight out of ‘Yes minister’
Note the spin: ‘building on the advice‘ rather than the more truthful ‘ignoring the advice‘. It is right out of the 1980s ‘Yes Minister’ sitcom. ‘So we are ignoring their advice, then, Sir Humphrey?’ ‘No, no, minister, of course you aren’t ignoring their advice, no, you are building on it.’
The Telegraph says it ‘understands ministers are confident that Prof Whitty and the other experts will give the plan the go-ahead in the middle of next week.
‘Whitehall sources – while stressing that they could not pre-empt the chief medical officers’ joint decision – expect ministers to be able to start the rollout of vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds shortly. One said vaccination of the cohort would get the “go-ahead”’.
The truth is, pupil absences from school are entirely the result of government bowing to teaching unions rather than following the science. There was never any good reason for sending home a whole class because one child had ‘tested positive’. Last term children were swapping TikTok videos showing them how to falsify a PCR test to get off school.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said on Friday the union was ‘disappointed’ that the Government‘s vaccine advisers had decided against a mass rollout to the age group.
He added: ‘The upshot is that this would make it more difficult during the autumn term and beyond to guard against educational disruption caused by transmission of the virus’.
He must know that is nonsense. But he is not alone. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has called for a return of self-isolation for pupils who have merely been in contact with sonmeone tesing positive.
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, warned that ministers must ‘not risk complacency’ and should ‘look across the border to Scotland’.
He went on: ‘In the event of rising case numbers, ministers will need to consider the reintroduction of the requirement for pupils to self-isolate when they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.’
Why is the teaching establishment so keen on forcing unnecessary isolation regimes and vaccinations onto children? Are they simply intent on disrupting education or is something more deeply spiritual going on?
Parents’ consent required
Naturally, the BBC chimed in, with a propaganda article this morning beginning: ‘Millions of pupils are returning to classrooms in England and Wales, amid fears of a spike in Covid cases.‘ Who has these ‘fears’? It’s just a sub-group of Sage, the ‘Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’, claiming ‘it is highly likely that exponential increases will be seen in school-attending age groups after schools open’. They have been wrong before. And if they are right, so what? Are not their teachers and parents all vaccinated? Or is it that vaccines do not prevent transmission? In that case, why give them to children?
The only silver lining is that children’s parents will, the Telegraph reports, be asked to give their written consent for vaccination to take place. The paper concedes that ‘could complicate the speed of the rollout. The consent process will be aligned to how the NHS and schools obtain parental consent for other vaccination programmes, adding to delays’.
It will be down to parents of healthy children to quote from the JCVI and tell teachers their child will not receive at best a pointless and at worst a potentially dangerous untested unlicensed vaccine.
PRAY – and Email your MP
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Pray for the Lord to send humility and wisdom into the hearts and minds of Her Majesty’s Ministers. Pray they will heed the JCVI’s advice. Pray the ‘wider issues’ will be exposed as a smoke-screen. Pray for the Lord to raise up prophetic voices in Parliament. And pray for courage for parents.
Use this link to the UK Parliament website to email your MP to ask Gavin Williamson this afternoon why he is so intent on giving a totally unnecessary vaccine to school children.
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