Doctors are complaining about a sudden decrease in prescriptions for CoVID vaccines, which are now causing a shortage in the Australian market.
The shortage means that if you’re trying to get your hands on CoVID, instead of getting the drug, you could get a potentially bogus alternative. And it turns out that some doctors are the ones who are leading the attack on it.
The round-up of complaints
The big story right now, in the Medical Journal of Australia is a round-up of complaints about CoVID vaccine. The complaints are essentially knee-jerk reactions. For instance, one patient suffering from a “non-specific bowel condition” writes that the CoVID vaccine caused an “abnormally large” bowel mass and that this caused him serious intestinal distress.
The complaints generally focus on the version of the vaccine that comes from an injection site, rather than the liquid form that you can take as a nasal spray, a pill or a liquid.
The original article linking the CoVID vaccine to adverse reactions isn’t very great.
Of course, what really matters is the safety of the vaccine. The concern that some bugs are definitely harmful and some are benign is likely very important.
But I also wonder about the effect of the complaint round-up on patients who desperately want to take the drug.
For instance, one patient with a history of allergic reactions (including allergic reactions) seeks advice about the CoVID vaccine. The complaints, including that of allergic reactions, are repeatedly raised, since she wants to avoid them.
A review of the safety of the injection site version of the CoVID vaccine in a recent study found the risk was “significantly lower” than the risk of death, non-fatal allergic reactions and hospitalisation for pneumococcal disease.
The author concludes there should be “no additional public action” and instead gives advice to the patient about using other, safer vaccines.
Disabled patients plead their case for CoVID
I spoke to a disabled patient whose doctor will not prescribe a CoVID vaccine, and who has written to all the main medical journals to argue for it.
The patient has no standing in the medical system, and is unable to object.
But the response to her complaints is worrying. The coverage gives the impression that the problem is with the drug itself, and not with the fact that patients are actually suffering from a real condition.
It also implies the need for a more drastic, dangerous alternative. It appears that some doctors don’t understand the harm they do when their health care decisions endanger vulnerable patients.
That patients such as these can be misinformed and can’t object when their doctor doesn’t prescribe a drug is a horrible indictment of the medical system.
This story was originally published on eNewsChannels.com