‘Cannot hope your way into immunity!’ JCVI member shuts down LBC caller questioning Covid

Vaccine: Doctor says you 'can't hope way into immunity'

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Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation member Dr Maggie Wearmouth silence LBC caller Stephanie, 32, who has not taken the Covid vaccine. Stephanie told LBC: “They’ve had to produce something to react to this pandemic very quickly…and it was knocked up very quickly. There is no long-term data, 90,000 people is not a scientific sample.”

Nick Ferrari asked whether the caller was “nervous” about catching Covid.

She replied: “I’m not nervous at all that I’ll get it. I’m in perfect health.”

Dr Maggie added: “Can I say categorically you cannot eat, think or hope your way into Covid immunity. There are only two ways of getting Covid immune.”

She continued: “One is to get it and from what I’ve seen, I really really would not suggest that.

“It is not a good thing it can be very upsetting at the time. The only other way is to get vaccinated.

“Most people get vaccinated when their fear of the disease is greater than the fear of the vaccine.

“I would certainly say from what I’ve seen my fear of the virus and the disease it causes is an awful lot greater than a bit of a sore arm and a thick head for a couple of days, which is what most people have.

“We’re trying to be as honest and transparent as we can, we can’t work miracles. We are doing a fairly good job at having produced a vaccine like this and got it out.”

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It comes as a pregnant mother anxious about the coronavirus vaccine said doing her research persuaded her to get the jab after several months of burying her head in the sand.

Laura Brunton, a life management coach, was initially hesitant about getting vaccinated after she fell pregnant with her third child, partly driven by a lot of misinformation she read online.

But she told the PA news agency that she decided to get her first dose after doing a “good old-fashioned pen to paper” pros and cons list following conversations with medical professionals.

Ms Brunton said she initially ignored the NHS texts inviting her to get a jab.


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“I’ll be honest, I just buried my head in the sand because instinctively it just felt so new, and as many people know, as a parent your first instinct is to protect your child so I kind of took the ‘let’s wait and see’ attitude,” she said.

“At the same time now I can understand I was being influenced by social media and a lot of misinformation or disinformation from unverified sources about what the risks were.”

Ms Brunton, from Witney in Oxfordshire, said that after her 20-week scan went well and as lockdown eased, she began to think about how big a risk catching Covid-19 might be to both her unborn baby and her two young children.

“I’ve started my own coaching business and coached a lot of women – making sure that women are empowered and have information at their fingertips to make informed decisions,” she said.

“So I thought ‘come on, you really need to put that into action’.”

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