David Longden, 43, described the decision to delay the second Pfizer dose to frontline NHS staff as ‘short-sighted’ : ukpolitics


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A few really important points on this that the article fails to reach:

  1. None of the vaccines, with 1, 1.5, or 2 doses, are 100% effective at preventing COVID. So whatever our vaccination strategy, there will always still be the risk of vaccinated nurses becoming COVID positive

  2. The nurse in the article showed COVID symptoms 4 weeks after receiving the first vaccine dose, so probably caught it after 3-4 weeks. Even if we were following the Pfizer vaccine trial recommendations to the letter, he still probably wouldn’t have received the second dose before contracting COVID as an up to 6 week gap is recommended

  3. The nurse in the article not getting a second dose has freed up a first vaccine dose for someone else who is extremely clinically vulnerable. Stories of single shot vaccinated people contracting COVID need to be balanced by how many additional people the 1 dose vaccination strategy has prevented COVID in

  4. Its unclear how the relatively young nurse received a vaccine so early at all. Maybe he is clinically vulnerable (the article doesn’t tell us), but most likely he was lucky and got a missed appointment slot someone else failed to make, so he is extremely luck to have been vaccinated at all

Uniformed poor quality reporting is at risk of undermining confidence in the vaccination strategy. Journalists need to think very carefully about whether this sort of article is really in the public interests, and whether it will positively contribute to reducing deaths from COVID



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