12 Million People Cannot Be Wrong: Paula's Message (11th February 2021)

11th February 2021 |

Why having the COVID-19 vaccination benefits everyone around you as well as yourself

Hi everyone,

COVID-19 vaccine graphicIt is brilliant news that 12 million people have had the vaccination.

It is only by the majority having the vaccination that we can all start to get our lives back. At the moment all health and social care workers are being prioritised for the vaccine. The evidence now shows that by having the vaccine you are not only protecting yourself you are protecting your family and the people we support as by having the vaccine this significantly reduces your chance of giving it to others.

Most of the people we support cannot yet access the vaccine as they are not in the priority groups. We think this is wrong and have expressed this view to try to get everyone access. However for many of the people we support they have to wait weeks or months before they get access. If you work in health and social care you represent the greatest risk and the greatest way of protecting the people we support so please live out our values of putting people first and get the vaccine.

If you think you are going to “wait and see”, “give it a few weeks” – can I just remind you that you only have priority access until the 15th February, after that date it goes down to the next priority groups. This will mean there are millions more people who will be eligible and try to book a vaccination. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible while you can. I know there has been anxiety and a lot of false news so here are some of the most common fears and answers to them.

COVID Vaccine Myths Busted

Fear: COVID vaccines can make you infertile (unable to have children).

Answer: There is no evidence to suggest that the COVID vaccines cause infertility. This Fear started when a German epidemiologist suggested that the COVID vaccine would cause the body to make anti-Syncytin-1 antibodies. He has since admitted that there was no indication that this was the case. A number of women who had the vaccine in the trial have since become pregnant.

Fear: The vaccine could give you Covid-19.

Answer: Some vaccines contain the germs that cause the disease they are immunising against but they have been killed or weakened to the point they don’t make you sick. But in the case of a coronavirus vaccine, none that are in development contain a live coronavirus, and they therefore can’t give you a coronavirus infection.

Fear: We don’t know what’s in these vaccines.

Answer: Both Pfizer and Moderna have published the ingredient lists for their vaccines. In addition to the star ingredient, the Covid-19 mRNA for the spike protein, both vaccines contain lipids (fats) that help deliver the mRNA into your cells and a few other common ingredients that help maintain the pH and stability of the vaccine. Despite theories circulated on social media they do not contain microchips or any form of tracking device.

Fear: I already had COVID-19, so I won’t benefit from the vaccine.

Answer: We don’t yet know how long natural immunity to COVID-19 lasts. Right now, it seem that getting COVID-19 more than once is not common, but there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Experts say that, even if you’ve had COVID-19, it would still be appropriate for you to get the vaccine to make sure you are protected.

Fear: Since COVID-19’s survival rate is so high, I don’t need a vaccine.

Answer: It’s true that most people who get COVID-19 are able to recover. But it’s also true that some people develop severe complications. So far, more than 1.7 million people around the world have died from COVID-19 – and that doesn’t account for people who survived but needed to be hospitalized. Because the disease can damage the lungs, heart and brain, it may also cause long-term health problems that experts are still working to understand. There’s another reason to consider getting the vaccine: it protects those around you. Even if COVID-19 doesn’t make you very sick, you could pass it on to someone who might be more severely affected. Widespread vaccination protects populations, including those who are most at risk and those who can’t be vaccinated. It will be important for ending the pandemic.

Fear: These vaccines will alter my DNA.

Answer: The vaccines use mRNA to instruct our cells to make a piece of the coronavirus’s hallmark spike protein in order to spark an immune system response. Once the mRNA does that, our cells break it down and get rid of it.

Fear: The vaccine contains pork.

Answer: There has been a lengthy debate about the safety of these vaccines and their suitability for the Muslim community. Council for Mosques has followed international debates, consulted with GPs, health professional, and held discussions with local community leaders and Islamic Scholars. They have concluded that none of the three currently approved vaccines contain any animal fats or egg bi-products and therefore can be taken by Muslims.

Fear: Vaccines are being used to chip and track the population.

Answer: Vaccines do not contain any chips or trackers for surveillance. Independent authorities across the world from countries that compete with each other have approved the vaccine and not found any microchips. The truth is that there are far easier ways to track the population (mobile phones/bank cards etc) than biological trackers.

Please be safe and get vaccinated. Thank you as always to everyone for making a real difference to people’s lives by living out our values.

This Week's Shout Outs:

  • A massive thank you to the team at the Vicarage for looking after Penny from @Vinnies when she got stranded in the snow. Penny said you were all so kind and she was very grateful for your support.
  • To Mark Lowery, Team Manager, who went the extra mile, put people first and was adaptable when a member of staff had called in sick for a wake in night shift. Mark had been working during the day but came back to work in the evening to support the staff lone working to ensure all the people we support needs were met and all was safe. This is fantastic role modelling.
  • Great work from Sab and Anne in Manchester arranging best interest meetings and visits for a person we support to relocate to a more adaptable/suitable property. This piece of work will be ongoing over the next few weeks but it’s a fantastic start.
  • Thank you to Stacey Williams for doing additional PBM training this week to support the new starters and her colleagues on induction.

If you know someone who you would like me to give a shout out to please send details and photographs to lisa.simm@futuredirectionscic.co.uk.

Thank you again for all you hard work in living out our values and by doing so keeping people safe and enabling people to have the best lives possible.

Paula.

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