On the 15th March, 2021, the UK government is to debate the subject of a petition entitled “Do not rollout Covid-19 vaccine passports”.
I wrote to my MP about this yesterday, and I was surprised to receive a very polite reply this morning. This surprised me because I recently moved home, and my previous MP never responded to any of my letters.
I don’t know whether my MP will attend the debate, and if so, speak out against vaccine passports – it may even have been a standard response. But at least my concerns were noted.
I’m going to publish the letter I wrote below, and I’m hoping that it will inspire others to do the same. I would advise people not to copy it word for word, as MPs are less likely to take note of these concerns if they keep receiving identical letters.
I got my MP’s details from the website theyworkforyou.com. All you do is put in your postcode and a basic template comes up. Alternatively, you should be able to find your MP’s details online and you can send them an email or post them a letter.
If you’re in Scotland, remember it’s your MP that you write to, not your MSP, as this is to be debated at Westminster.
So here’s the letter I wrote:
On 15th March, 2021, Parliament is going to debate the petition “Do not rollout Covid-19 vaccine passports”.
I am one of your constituents, and I signed this petition, as I choose not to have a Covid-19 vaccine, and I am very concerned about the measures under public discussion that may be employed to coerce people into having this vaccine.
I am not an “anti-vaxxer” – I have never refused to have a vaccine before, and have always taken the recommended vaccinations when travelling. But a vaccine goes into the bloodstream, and I strongly believe that everyone should have the choice about what is put into their bloodstream, without coercion, and certainly without being put in the position of being an effective outcast from society.
Since the start of the pandemic, 0.18% of the UK population have died with Covid-19 (i.e. within 28 days of a positive Covid test). While people may choose to have a vaccine if they think this will reduce their risk of getting this disease, I do not believe that my having the vaccine will reduce anyone else’s risk of catching it.
I also think it is wrong to expect me or anyone else to put my own health at risk in order to protect others. This kind of issue is a personal moral choice that should not be imposed by any public authority.
Another issue that strongly concerns me is the amount of money that stands to be made from these particular vaccines. The fact that people and companies who are influential in promoting this vaccine strategy stand to profit from the take-up of these vaccines adds to my concern that financial profit may have overcome public safety considerations in this issue.
The MHRA Public Assessment Reports for these vaccines clearly show that they are still under trial; in addition, the producers are immune from liability, yet stand to profit from public take-up of the vaccines.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been sold to the public as “non profit-making”, yet an article in The Times* revealed that the developers of this vaccine (Adrian Hill and Sarah Gilbert), are directors of a company called Vaccitech whose investors will receive royalties from the vaccine once the pandemic is declared over. Other investors include Oxford Sciences International and Google Ventures.
I fear that big financial interests are overriding basic human rights.
I therefore appeal to democracy to protect my rights to bodily autonomy as a fully participating member of society.
I hope that you are able to speak in the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on 15th March in support of the rights of all of your constituents to have complete freedom of choice over which substances are injected into their bloodstream.
Also reported in The Week: Who is set to make money from the Oxford coronavirus vaccine?