UK says not for pregnant women. US says nothing. Action Alert!
We are a few weeks into the COVID vaccine campaign, and there are already concerning signs of adverse reactions. Severe allergic reactions called anaphylaxis have been reported that experts think could be linked to an adjuvant called PEG (polyethylene glycol). There are also concerns for pregnant women receiving the vaccine that are being ignored in the US. We must demand that further safety studies are conducted and that patients are given true informed consent before the vaccine is administered.
Prominent doctors have warned that the COVID-19 vaccines contain a protein called syncytin-1, which is used to form the placenta. If the vaccine triggers an immune response to this protein, female infertility, birth defects, and miscarriages could result. The UK is advising pregnant women to not get the vaccine, since the vaccines have not been tested in that population; the CDC simply says those who are pregnant “may choose to be vaccinated” if they are in the groups currently being offered the vaccine.
Anaphylactic responses to the COVID vaccines are happening at a much higher rate than other vaccines: whereas these reactions occur at about one per 1 million doses of other vaccines, the newest data from the CDC shows there have been 21 cases of anaphylaxis among the first 1.9 million Americans to receive the shot. Because this is the first vaccine to use PEG, scientists are looking at the compound as the culprit behind the severe reactions.
PEG is used in a number of household products like toothpaste and shampoo, and also increasingly in pharmaceuticals. Some experts believe that people previously exposed to PEG may have high levels of antibodies against PEG, putting them at risk for anaphylaxis when receiving it in the COVID vaccine. A 2016 study found that as many as 72 percent of people have at least some antibodies to PEG. Why was it allowed in COVID vaccines that will be administered to millions of people? Why does the FDA seem surprised at allergic reactions to this compound when scientists have known about its dangers for years?
Astoundingly, these reactions may have taken us by surprise due to the design of Pfizer and Moderna’s trials, both of which excluded people with a history of allergies to the components of COVID-19 vaccines.
The most common adverse events listed in the CDC’s database are headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, pain, and chills. A recent CDC presentation found that, in the first week of vaccinations, there were 3,150 “health impact events” in which the patient was unable to work or perform daily activities. Over 500 of those who were vaccinated were pregnant.
Citizens should think seriously about the decision to vaccinate, particularly until all of the data has been independently analyzed. Only then can we know the true risk/benefit of these vaccines and be able to make informed choices. This deliberation is undermined when state leaders threaten hospitals with $100,000 fines for not distributing their vaccines fast enough.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee and tell them we need full transparency on any COVID vaccine. Please send your message immediately. By sending this message, you will also be supporting our petition to ungag doctors so that they can share with patients the benefits of supplements and natural treatments for COVID.