Advocate Ian Kermode has written to the Director of Public Health to raise concerns over the potential vaccination of children on the island.
In an open letter, Mr Kermode references concerns that have arisen from a previous exchange between himself and Dr Ewart and outlines the issues his clients have raised around testing and vaccinating those under the age of 18.
The letter, which can be seen below, covers a wide range of areas including moral concerns over animal based agents in the Covid vaccines, a suggestion that Health Minister David Ashford has been ‘reckless’ in telling people to do their own research into vaccines, the effect on fertility and ethical concerns over the trial of the vaccines on animals.
However the core element of Mr Kemode’s letter is that of vaccinating children on the Isle of Man. His letter said: ‘There are approximately 12,100 persons under the age of 18 on the Isle of Man. Although many school children have tested positive for Covid-19 both in the UK and the Isle of Man, there have been very few hospitalisations and indeed Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has described the risk of serious illness and death to schoolchildren from Covid-19 as being tiny.’
Mr Kermode goes on to reference a YouTube interview with Mike Yeadon, a former head of respiratory research at Pfizer who said he wouldn’t recommend the current Covid vaccines to anyone not in the ‘at risk’ categories. In another comment he said people would be ‘subjecting your children to human experimentation and you will be as bad as the Nazi doctors’. However reports in America have discredited many of his claims.
The letter to Dr Ewart further asks if she has any concerns about the trials being held in the UK to vaccinate those under 16 or any long term risks to children.
The Pfizer jab was itself recently granted approval by the MHRA for those aged 12 to 15, but the UK’s JCVI has not yet said whether this age group should be vaccinated.
A spokeswoman for the Manx gov told Gef that it will be following the JCVI advice and it is being monitored by the island’s vax team.