Keep Santa Out Of It...
NHS England's Christmas Covid vaccination campaign.
Just when you think the medical complex couldn’t sink any lower post-mandate mania, they’ve proved otherwise.
Yesterday, NHS England, one of our four publicly funded healthcare systems in the UK, tweeted out their latest promotion of the updated Covid vaccine. The problem is, they didn’t target adults but children, or seemingly.
The tweet read:
Father Christmas got his flu and COVID-19 vaccines to increase his protection ahead of his busiest time of year!
If you are eligible, book your vaccinations online at http://nhs.uk/wintervaccinations… or via the NHS App by 14 December.
Critics such as Dr David Cartland questioned the ethics of appropriating icons known to have an influence on young children. Various national vaccine campaigns did similar in 2021 and 2022, coaxing kids by promising they would “turn into a superhero” by result.
Obvious ethical objections arose to this because these kids did not understand the product authorities were encouraging them to take. Nor were they old enough to comprehend the risks. By law, they do not have the capacity to consent.
(In December 2021, Toronto mayor John Tory used mascots to convince children aged 5 to 11 to get their COVID-19 vaccine)
According to international surveys, the average age at which children stop believing in Santa is eight years old. There is some variation between countries, with kids in England believing in Santa until they're 8.03 years, and kids in Scotland believing until 8.58 years.
The NHS website currently outlines that eligibility for Covid vaccination includes those aged 65 years old or over, aged 6 months to 64 years old and are at increased risk, living in a care home for older adults, working in frontline health or social care, aged 16 to 64 years old and are caring, and those aged 12 to 64 years old and living with someone with a weakened immune system.
Decisions about child COVID-19 vaccination caused great divide among the public but also between parents, as some were rightly dubious about the risk-to-benefit ratio.
At 16 years of age, a young person is presumed in UK law to have the capacity to consent, so young people aged 16 or 17 years can arrange their own medical treatment.
However, with disputes between parents concerning vaccination of a child below 16, the law states:
“if one parent agrees to immunisation but the other disagrees, the immunisation should not be carried out unless both parents can agree to the immunisation or there is a specific court approval that the immunisation is in the best interests of the child”.
This seems reasonable on the surface. But here’s the thing.
According to Senior Solicitor Shetal Gudgeon, there have been six published Court decisions over the last 15 years when the courts were called upon to decide whether or not a child should be vaccinated. They ruled in favour of vaccination in all cases except one.
In other words, if a dispute like this emerges, it almost always ends in the child’s vaccination against a parent’s wish.
Is vaccine-obsessed NHS England carelessly facilitating more of this divide?
NHS England boss Amanda Pritchard’s track record doesn’t allay ethical concerns. She has a history of overstating the prevalence and risk of Covid.
In November 2021, she stated NHS England had “14 times the number of people in hospital with Covid” than in the previous year. This meant sick people apparently occupied 150,000 beds. NHS England only had around 100,000-110,000 beds at the time. So how the service didn’t collapse remains a mystery.
In November 2022, still under Pritchard’s stewardship, the service came under further scrutiny when they admitted their hospital mask mandate was based on modelling that simply assumed efficacy. Put simply, there was no actual science to it. It wasn’t based on clinical evidence.
Don’t get me wrong, children need protecting. It appears that their need to be protected from incompetent, unethical bureaucrats, however, vastly outweighs their need to be protected from Covid - or, indeed, their need to be in Santa's good books.
Even when the most “fatal” strain of Covid circulated, CDC stats showed children were at a higher risk of dying from drowning than they were from Covid.
You might find it as no surprise to learn that NHS England’s tweet was ratio’d to hell and back. I honestly couldn’t find one positive comment.
This one tickled a little:
If you appreciate this article, please consider giving it a like and share. It’s a simple gesture that doesn’t cost much and goes a long way in promoting this post.
Christmas Special Subscription Offer now live: