Will vaccines still work after 12-week wait? – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: D Rimington, Fairways Drive, Harrogate.

WE had our first vaccine injection at the showground in Harrogate.

I was pleasantly surprised to find how well organised everything was and how quick and easy the process.

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However have serious doubts about how effective this will be.

The Covid vaccination programme continues to be rolled out.

The second dose is to be given in 12 weeks. The original Pfizer vaccine was tested and approved on the basis of two doses at 
three-week intervals.

There is no evidence that the process will work with a 
12-week gap between doses. The effectiveness is pure speculation.

If it does not offer adequate protection from the virus, then it is a complete waste of resources.

I understand that there is possible legal action in respect of this change to the original specification.

Supermarkets like Morrisons are now enforcing Covd rules.

From: John Riseley, Harcourt Drive, Harrogate.

THE suggestion, put forward by Tony Blair and now being implemented, of a longer interval between first and second vaccinations seemed to have some merit.

It would give double the number of people early protection at the cost of a small drop in the average effectiveness. Overall, more lives would be saved. The characterisation by the BMA of this being ‘unfair’ was ludicrous.

Now, however, we hear that the effect may not simply be that a few of those vaccinated don’t gain immunity. It seems that this may be true of a much larger proportion and that the benefit they derive will instead be to suffer only milder symptoms.

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One of the tenets of medical ethics is “do no harm”. If the new protocol contravenes this, then we should return to the original one.

From: Barry Foster, High Stakesby, Whitby.

NOW the BBC is having a go at Boris Johnson for doing a seven-mile cycle ride around London. Please tell me what is wrong with that?

Perhaps the BBC ought to be looking at the number of journalists, commentators etc who crowd around 10 Downing Street. Do they demonstrate safe distancing? They behave like children, shouting out to everyone who leaves the address.

There are times when they crowd around people leaving court and try to get pictures when prison vans are on the move. As for Covid, we have never had anything like this in our lifetime. Those in charge are doing the best they can in the present circumstances.

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