#2 IS THE VACCINE SAFE?
FACT: The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective
The NHS confirm that the vaccines approved for use in the U.K. have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
All the coronavirus vaccines that have been approved have been through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through.
So far (xx) of our colleagues have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of any side effects have been extremely rare, however we know some of you still have concerns.
For today’s bulletin, Claire Leake, People Director, addresses some of the myths that have been rumoured in the news.
MYTH: The speed with which the vaccine was created means it’s not clear if it is safe
There has been unprecedented worldwide scientific collaboration and funding to create the vaccines. This global effort has allowed scientists to work at record speed and complete years’ worth of work in just months.
MYTH: The regulators cut corners to test the vaccine quickly
No processes were cut, they were just speeded up. The MHRA has been conducting ‘rolling reviews’ of data from vaccine trials. This means rather than waiting until the end of the clinical trial to assess the data, experts have been assessing on a rolling basis during it, which has helped speed up the approval process.
MYTH: One of the first participants in the vaccine trial has died
Dr. Granato was one of the first participants in human trials of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine. There were some false claims of her death that prompted her to tweet that she was “very much alive” and “having a cup of tea”.
MYTH: The vaccine is being used to secretly microchip the world
There is no evidence that anyone is trying to implant microchips in anyone through vaccines. It would be far easier and cheaper to track people through their mobile phones and bank cards than through vaccination.
If you would like to speak in confidence with someone about any of the above concerns or any other related to having the vaccine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org