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Poll - Are you worried which vaccine you get?
Friday, January 8, 2021 @ 5:51 PM

A doctor has urged people to get one of the two coronavirus vaccines as soon as they possibly can. In response to a tweet by a colleague and former Labour MP Dr Paul Williams saying "Some local patients have turned down an offer this weekend of getting a Covid vaccine when they found out it was the Pfizer one. 'I'll wait for the English one'." It stated.

Dr Simon Stockley, from Stockton, said he did not think there was a difference between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca version. "The best vaccine as far as I can work out is the one that can be put into your arm soonest," he said.

The US/German Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was made available at the start of December, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca version was authorised on 30 December. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said both vaccines were safe. 

The vast majority of people are still vulnerable to coronavirus. It's only the current restrictions that are preventing more people from dying. Vaccines teach our bodies to fight the infection by stopping us from catching coronavirus or at least making Covid less deadly. Having a vaccine, alongside better treatments, is "the" exit strategy. 

The two vaccines being rolled out at the moment are the Pfizer- BioNtech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca. However, the Spanish government has signed agreements with six different vaccine manufacturers which will de deployed as and when they are ready and authorised.

Are you worried which one you will get? Please cast your vote:

Info about both vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine - USA/Germany
The big breakthrough came when Pfizer-BioNTech published its first results in November. They showed the vaccine is up to 95% effective.
The UK is due to get 40 million doses. It is given in two doses, three weeks apart.
The vaccine must be stored at a temperature of around -70C. It will be transported in a special box, packed in dry ice and installed with GPS trackers.
On 2 December, the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine - UK
The roll-out of the Oxford vaccine began on 5 January. It was approved late in 2020 after trials showed that it stopped 70% of people developing Covid symptoms.
The data also showed a strong immune response in older people.
There is also intriguing data that suggests perfecting the dose could increase protection up to 90%
The UK has ordered 100 million doses. It is given in two doses
This may be one of the easiest vaccines to distribute because it does not need to be stored at very cold temperatures.
It is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus from chimpanzees, that has been modified to not grow in humans.

Are you worried which vaccine you get?
No, I'll take the first one that I have available
Not really, but I do have a preference for the Oxford vaccine
Not really, but I do have a preference for the Pfizer vaccine
Yes, I only want the Oxford vaccine
Yes, I only want the Pfizer vaccine
Not sure yet
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tteedd said:
Friday, January 8, 2021 @ 6:29 PM

Being over 70 I'm due to get mine before the end of Feb.
This is another mistake. It ought to go to a person who is still working and whose job means that he or she has to move about in the community.
Giving it to me just saves me from getiing infected, but I'm stying at home anyway.
Giving it to an active person could save a whole chain of people from getting it.

David White said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 10:29 AM

Have no preference

David White said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

I have no preference

Sreemal Perera said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 10:38 AM

I'll wait for the Guinea pigs to try it first before making my decision!

Alan said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 10:56 AM

Why this poll? I very much doubt if we'll be given a choice.

Alan said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 10:57 AM

Why this poll? I very much doubt if we'll be given a choice.

Susan winterbourne8 said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

I don't care I will take either as neither would be given If there was any chance of them proving dangerous.

Susan winterbourne said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

I don't care I will take either as neither would be given If there was any chance of them proving dangerous.

Peggy Turner said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

As far as I am concerned there are still too many unanswered questions regarding all the vaccines. People dying after being vaccinated. People having allergic reactions etc.etc.

migueldelnorte said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 2:21 PM

I do agree with you, tteedd, that when it comes to people who seriously want the vaccine, preference should be given to working people, not stay at home people with far less exposure to risk.
However, Sreemal Perera and Peggy Turner sum up what many people feel, seeing that the vaccines have been rushed through in a matter of months rather than the usual 15 years or so. There have been many instances in the past of danger from badly tested vaccines, like polio and swine fever, which killed more people in the US than the virus itself. Yet, some of these Covid vaccines have completely experimental methods of function, never before tried on humans. The demand for a vaccine stems from a political rather than medical rationale.
There appear to be other methods of dealing with the virus but why have so many senior medical practitioners had their treatment claims rubbished by the media and the authorities? Why should any doctor risk his job and professional standing, by making claims that were not valid? Too many questions need better answers.
Boosting your immune system with good nutrition and vitamin C and D might be a better preventative bet.
I'm not a conspiracy nut, but there has been a lack of transparency regarding the information we are given, in order for us to be able to make informed decisions including which vaccine to take, or indeed whether to take one at all.

Goldilocks said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 4:38 PM

Thank you, Migueldelnorte. That's a very calm and considered response and much appreciated. I totally agree with you on all counts and wish more people would think for themselves about these issues, instead of blindly accepting what the media chooses to tell them.

AlanR555 said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 5:11 PM

Estimation of RISK is based on two factors:
a) Likelihood of event occurring
b) Consequences if it does.
The priority lists for vaccination candidates have
given greater weight to the second factor (by use
of age and vulnerability) rather than the first (eg
occupation involving high social contact levels).

How can the public persuade governments to create
a better balance between the two factors?

susan attwood said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 7:14 PM

As someone who has allergies, I would not be given the pfizer vaccine if I lived in U K. As the Astra Zenica (oxford) vaccine is different, I will check to see if I am likely to be able to have it. I would definitely like to be vaccinated, but not if the vaccine is likely to send me into anaphylactic shock!!!!!

Adam said:
Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ 7:50 PM

They should first vaccine the politicians. If they do not die, the vaccine is safe.
If they die, the country is safe...

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