Vaccine: Dr Hilary says ‘I can’t believe how misinformed’ people are
Dr Hilary, 67, was on hand to ease Good Morning Britain viewers’ minds as fears about Pfizer coronavirus vaccine continues to play on their minds. With news some people are experiencing allergic reactions to the jab, the ITV news show decided to run a poll on whether members of the public would still be willing to take it. Towards the end of Thursday’s programme, the results concluded 57 percent would be administered but 43 percent would refuse to have it done. Worried this would delay the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the general practitioner hit back at those who were sceptical.
The medical expert told viewers: “That is a tragic result and I cannot believe how misinformed most people must be.
“This vaccine, by and large, is very safe, it gives good efficacy and it protects everyone in society, not just those having it.
“It’s been researched by the most regulated industry in the world and it’s been passed and approved by the MRHA whose standards are better than any other international standards you could compare it to.
“So, I hope that figure does change because we need a higher vaccination rate than that,” Dr Hilary said to presenters Ben Shephard, 45, and Charlotte Hawkins, 45.
Later on in the morning, the general practitioner also spoke on chat show Lorraine where his frustrations continued to play out.
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Speaking with host Lorraine Kelly, 60, he said of the vaccination fears: “That’ll change as people see more and more get vaccinated without a problem.
“More and more people will sign up to it. People are easily scared. It’s easy to scare people and difficult to get their reassurance back.
“We need to keep the news in transparency,” he opined, to which the chat show presenter replied: “I’d be happy to have all my relatives have it.”
Offering another perspective on the matter, the general practitioner added: “There are people who smoke 50 cigarettes a day and jump on a motorbike saying this is a risk!”
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“The people saying this is a risk, it’s crazy, there’s no balance,” the ITV medical professional continued.
Explaining why the vaccination is so important to take, Dr Hilary said: “This will change the face of COVID-19.”
“It’s absolutely common sense,” Lorraine added, but earlier on Good Morning Britain, the general practitioner tried to explain why some people have suffered an allergic reaction to the jab.
It comes after a couple of NHS workers, who already have severe allergies to different things, had an adverse response.
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People now receiving the vaccination will be asked to wait 15 minutes before leaving the place where it had been administered.
However, Dr Hilary explained there are risks with any sort of medical prevention incentive, including jabs to combat the flu.
“Remember that these two people are completely fine now – they’ve totally recovered now. They had an anaphylactoid reaction, not an anaphylaxis reaction.
“But they had a rash, they had a reaction,” the medical expert added before saying: “But we see this in the flu vaccine as well.”
“Very, very few people and people who are genuinely allergic to it are advised not to have the flu vaccine,” Dr Hilary continued.
“But that will be the case with the COVID vaccine that anyone who’s had an anaphylactic reactions or anaphylactoid reactions to foods or medicines or vaccines before should not have this Pfizer vaccine.
“That’s a very tiny minority of people – remember that I think that 9,000 jabs were given on the first day and there were two who had slight reactions like this.
“So I don’t think we need to work this up into anything we need to worry about too much,” the medical professional concluded.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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