Regarding your enquiry as to why I have not taken a covid-19 vaccine, firstly I’m unsure as to why I need to take a vaccine for an illness with a 99.9% survival rate. By the UK government’s own admission covid-19 is not considered to be a high consequence infectious disease. Please refer to their website confirming this. (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid#status-of-covid-19).
According to the University of Oxford covid risk assessment tool used by the NHS (https://qcovid.org/Calculation) as a 36 year old male with no underlying health issues my chances of death from covid-19 are 1 in 125,000. My risk of being hospitalised are 1 in 4,386. There are clearly many much more pertinent risks to my health.
I am very concerned about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine especially as it is a novel MRNA technology and not a traditional vaccine. It does not align with the historically established definition of a vaccine as it is in fact a ‘MRNA cellular gene-therapy’ as stated in patent records. Approved for emergency use it is still at the phase 3 trial stage. We won’t have sufficient safety data for another 5 to 10 years on the potential long term side effects. It had never occurred to me to take part in a novel mass medical experiment prior to this situation and I am still not of the persuasion that it is exceptional enough to warrant it.
Fundamentally the vaccine does not stop transmission of the virus and is designed in theory to only reduce symptoms for the recipient which in terms of relative risk reduction and not the widely misrepresented absolute risk reduction is actually only between 0.84% and 1.3%. Please see the Lancet below as a source of these figures. Hardly very impressive efficacy! This is in line with my personal observations having witnessed family members, friends and colleagues becoming ill with covid-19 despite receiving both doses of the vaccine. (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanmic/article/PIIS2666-5247(21)00069-0/fulltext)
According to the government’s own Yellow Card reporting system as of 6th October there have been 1,228,991 adverse reactions attributed to the covid-19 vaccines and 1,719 deaths. Due to under reporting these figures are likely many times higher. The MHRA has stated that Yellow Card reports only represent 10% of total vaccine related mortality, suggesting a plausible 15,000 covid-19 vaccine related deaths so far in the UK. In the US their VAERS reporting system attributes 16,310 deaths to the covid-19 vaccines, greater than the number of deaths associated for all other vaccines combined since the year 1990.
According to Public Health England’s vaccine surveillance report (week 42) case rates are highest among the most vaccinated age groups and fatality rate amongst the vaccinated is 5x higher than the unvaccinated. (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1027511/Vaccine-surveillance-report-week-42.pdf)
I am also very concerned about the prospect of more serious variants being driven by this mass vaccination program as we saw with delta and others emerging. The established science prior to this covid-19 situation was not to mass vaccinate during a pandemic because of the adaptive evolutionary pressure which this forced onto a virus. No new evidence has emerged supporting this reckless approach. Therefore I only ever supported vaccination of the most vulnerable. We are also seeing that the countries with the highest vaccination rates now have the highest number of cases and deaths (UK, Israel and Singapore for example).
I find the existence of a nudge unit aka the Behavioural Insights Team as part of the Cabinet Office using applied behavioral psychology to raise disproportionate fear amongst the public to promote the vaccines and the cronyistic, corrupt relationship between politicians, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies to be extremely unethical. Historically pandemics have self evidently ‘spoken for themselves’ without the need for the biggest marketing campaign in history supported by highly dubious testing, statistics and definitions. Further troubling and telling is the censorship of doctors and scientists who speak out against the government’s covid-19 policies. The British Medical Journal released an article recently based on an investigation titled 'Covid-19: Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer’s vaccine trial’. It sheds light on the corrupted practices and falsified data used by Pfizer during the trials. (https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2635). If all things were fair and equal we should be witnessing mass trials for fraud.
Based upon all of this I am unprepared to risk my health and my career by taking an experimental MRNA cellular gene-therapy for a low consequence virus with negligible benefits and only potential high risks for myself. In the event of a life changing injury resulting from the vaccine it is unlikely I would receive any recompense. I am in good health and take every possible precaution not to pass on covid-19 to clients. They are at no more risk from me than from someone who is vaccinated. To quote Prime Minister Johnson in an interview with Sky News on 23/10 "[the vaccine] doesn’t protect you from catching the disease and it doesn’t stop you from passing it on".