Yes I’m a doctor. But I have no idea about Covid jab side effects... because this is all new to us as well
Informed consent? I had no idea what the Yellow Card system was
By Andy Smith
A YEAR on it is an all-too-familiar story: taking a jab you did not necessarily need, all because, without it, you would not be allowed to go on a foreign holiday.
‘Sarah’ experienced tightness in her throat within 15 minutes of taking hers. She felt it was affecting her breathing, giving her heart palpitations and making her feel panicky.
Doctors orders? Well, let’s just say that Sarah was surprised she was not given anti-histamine or advice on what to do if things got worse once she got home. The doctor simply told her, “this is all new to us as well”.
“I wanted to go on holiday for my husband but I’d rather not have had it done,” she said. “He wanted to go away, that was the only reason I was taking it, like a lot of people.
“My concerns were that nobody really knew anything about it, what the side effects would be and putting something into my body, just randomly, without any proper testing”.
They had the jabs at a chemist in Chessington but, less than fifteen minutes later, just as they were arriving home, she was having difficulty swallowing, describing it as ‘a tightening feeling’.
Although she was able to drink some water, they went to the Accident and Emergency at a local hospital where, after having blood tests and a heart recording, a doctor told her she had had a mild reaction to the jab.
She was told to go home and rest ‘only because I was literally able to drink the water’. Sarah added: “I said, ‘well if I wasn’t able to drink the water, I’d be dead’!”
In the morning, they woke up with “the worst flu symptoms ever” and both found they were unable to get out of bed, describing their legs feeling “like jelly”.
In July, they were due to get their second jabs. Her GP recommended it and she remembered the hospital doctor also said it would be OK, as she had been able to swallow some water, despite the tightening in her throat.
They went to a clinic in Kingston but, while her husband was getting his second jab, she explained about her experience with the first one and was told to wait while the nurse went for advice.
“Two doctors came in and said we are not going to give you the jab. In our experience you could be worse, if you have this jab, the symptoms are always worse than the first jab.”
They told her she would have to be in hospital if she went ahead with it “to be near an oxygen tank”.
She was told to go home and call her GP, who later decided they would not be giving her the second jab, instead telling her to put her symptoms on the Government’s Yellow Card system.
Of course, like many who had supposedly given ‘informed consent’, Sarah had never heard of any such thing.
And she was surprised that she was being asked to report it, rather than the doctors doing it, adding: “They probably think that, if they did it, there would be more people with side effects and it would look worse.”
The GP’s decision over Sarah’s second jab meant that, after going through all the suffering, they could not go away on holiday abroad after all – even though Sarah has a medical exemption letter.
And such is the Government’s system that, to this day, Sarah is still getting text reminders to have another jab.