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Can we really trust the effectiveness of the Coronavirus vaccines?

With the approval of the Oxford and Pfizer vaccines, and a now potential third Moderna vaccine on the horizon it is clear that the UK’s vaccination scheme is expanding and rapidly.

The Pfizer vaccine promises 95% protection against the virus after two doses whilst the Oxford vaccine provides 62% protection, however neither vaccine can guarantee that you will not catch the virus. So how effective is it really?

“when I woke up I could barely feel my right side and could barely string a sentence together. I had slurred speech and very little energy. As time went on I lost complete sensation in my arm and leg and my headache became an excruciating pain…”

This was the experience of a 19-year-old care home worker who had taken the Pfizer vaccine a few days before she began experiencing symptoms. Prior to her vaccination the young woman was asked if she had any allergies to which she responded that she had a mild allergy to eggs. Similar reports of people with allergies having severe reactions to the Pfizer vaccine have been reported since it’s roll out.

With the increasing numbers of people reacting to the vaccine it has now been advised by the Government that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to multiple classes of drugs should not be vaccinated.

However, severe reactions are not the only issue at hand. Sources in Norway have also expressed concern over the safety of the Pfizer vaccine. This comes after 29 elderly people with underlying health conditions died after taking the vaccine.

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