Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

Re: Covid-19 Vaccines for Children

To: The Right Hon Stephen Barclay, MP, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

6 July 2022

Dear Mr Barclay,

Re: Covid-19 vaccines for children

Firstly, congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State at the DHSC.

We, the undersigned health professionals and scientists, call upon you urgently to pause the covid- 19 vaccine rollout for healthy children, while a thorough and independent safety review is undertaken.

We have between us written numerous letters to your predecessors, regarding both the safety and necessity of these mRNA products in children. We would urge you to consider very carefully the role of vaccination in ever younger and younger children against SARS-CoV-2, despite the gradual but significant reducing virulence of successive variants, the increasing evidence of rapidly waning vaccine efficacy, the increasing concerns over long-term vaccine harms, and the knowledge that the vast majority of this young age group have already been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 repeatedly and have demonstrably effective immunity. Thus, the balance of benefit and risk which supported the rollout of mRNA vaccines to the elderly and vulnerable in 2021, is totally inappropriate for children in 2022.

Below are links to all the letters we have written to the regulators over the past year. The detailed questions contained, have never been properly addressed.

Legal challenges are also in progress.

You may be aware that members of the Pandemic Response All Party Parliamentary Group have also written regarding increased all-cause mortality in 15-19-year-old males, again with no proper answer. 

The health of the nation’s children is of paramount concern and must surely be a high priority for an incoming Minister. We entreat you to apply the precautionary principle to the use of these products which still have no long-term safety data for children. Pausing the rollout would cost nothing.

We wish you well in the challenging job you have ahead.

  • Dr Rosamond Jones, MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, retired consultant paediatrician, convenor of CCVAC
  • Professor Anthony J Brookes, Professor of Genomics and Health Data Science, University of Leicester
  • Professor Angus Dalgleish, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPath, FMed Sci, Principal, Institute for Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy (ICVI)
  • Prof Anthony Fryer, PhD, FRCPath, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, Keele University
  • Professor Richard Ennos, MA, PhD. Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor David Livermore, BSc, PhD, Retired Professor of Medical Microbiology, UEA
  • Professor John Fairclough FRCS FFSEM retired Honorary Consultant Surgeon
  • Professor Norman Fenton, CEng, CMath, PhD, FBCS, MIET, Professor of Risk Information Management, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Keith Willison, PhD, Professor of Chemical Biology, Imperial College, London
  • Lord Moonie, MBChB, MRCPsych, MFCM, MSc, House of Lords, former parliamentary under-secretary of state 2001-2003, former consultant in Public Health Medicine
  • Julie Annakin, RN, Immunisation Specialist Nurse
  • Dr Abby Astle, MBBChir, BA(Cantab),DCH, DGM, MRCGP, GP ExaminerGP Principal, GP Trainer,
  • Dr Elyse Baril-Guerard, MD, CCFP, MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Michael Bazlinton, MBCHB MRCGP DCH, General Practitioner
  • Dr David Bell, MBBS, PhD, FRCP(UK), Public Health Physician
  • Dr Mark A Bell, MBBS, PhD, FRCP(UK), Public Health Physician
  • Dr Michael D Bell, MBChB, MRCGP, retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Alan Black, MBBS, MSc, DipPharmMed, Retired Pharmaceutical Physician
  • Dr David Bramble, MBChB, MRCPsych, MD, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Emma Brierly, MBBS, MRCGP, General Practitione
  • Kim Bull, Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, Paramedic
  • Dr Elizabeth Burton, MB ChB, Retired General Practitioner
  • Dr David Cartland, MBChB, BMedSci, General Practitioner
  • Dr Peter Chan, BM, MRCS, MRCGP, NLP, General Practitioner, Functional Medicine
  • Michael Cockayne, MSc, PGDip, SCPHNOH, BA, RN, Occupational Health Practitioner
  • Dr Julie Coffey, MBChB, General Practitioner
  • John Collis, RN, Specialist Nurse Practitioner, retired
  • Mr Ian F Comaish, MA, BM BCh, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, Consultant Ophthalmologist
  • James Cook, NHS Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Public Health
  • Dr Zac Cox, BDS, LCPH, Dentist
  • Dr Clare Craig, BMBCh, FRCPath, Pathologist
  • Dr David Critchley, BSc, PhD in Pharmacology, 32 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical R&D 
  • Dr Sue de Lacy, MBBS MRCGP AFMCP UK, Integrative Medicine Doctor
  • Dr Jayne LM Donegan, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, DFFP, MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB, private physician
  • PhD FRSB, retired professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Dr Jonathan Engler, MBChB, LlB (hons), DipPharmMed
  • Dr Elizabeth Evans, MA(Cantab), MBBS, DRCOG, Retired Doctorpage2image23680448
  • Dr Christopher Exley, retired Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Dr John Flack, BPharm, PhD, retired Director of Safety Evaluation at Beecham Pharmaceuticals, retired Senior Vice-president for Drug Discovery SmithKline Beecham
  • Dr Charles Forsyth, MBBS, BSEM, Independent Medical Practitioner
  • Dr Simon Fox, BSc, BMBCh, FRCP, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine
  • Dr Jenny Goodman, MA, MBChB, Ecological Medicine
  • Dr Ali Haggett, Mental health community work, 3rd sector, former lecturer in the history of medicine
  • David Halpin, MB BS FRCS, Orthopaedic and trauma surgeon (retired)
  • Dr Catherine Hatton, MBChB, General Practitioner
  • Mr Anthony Hinton, MBChB, FRCS, Consultant ENT surgeon, London
  • Dr Renee Hoenderkampf, General Practitioner
  • Dr Andrew Isaac, MB BCh, retired Physician
  • Dr Steve James, Consultant Intensive Care
  • Dr Keith Johnson, BA, DPhil (Oxon), IP Consultant for Diagnostic Testing
  • Dr Pauline Jones, MB BS, Retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Gemma Kemp, MBBS, FRCPath, Consultant Forensic Pathologist
  • Dr Tanya Klymenko, PhD, FHEA, FIBMS, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr Charles Lane, MA, DPhil, Molecular Biologist
  • Dr Branko Latinkic, BSc, PhD, Molecular Biologist
  • Dr Theresa Lawrie, MBBCh, PhD, Director, Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd, Bath
  • Dr Jason Lester, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Felicity Lillingstone, IMD DHS PhD ANP, Doctor, Urgent Care, Research Fellow
  • Mr Malcolm Loudon, MBChB, MD, FRCSEd, FRCS(Gen Surg), MIHM,VR, Consultant Surgeon
  • Katherine MacGilchrist, BSc (Hons), MSc, CEO/Systematic Review Director, Epidemica Ltd. Dr Geoffrey Maidment, MBBS, MD, FRCP, Consultant physician, retired
  • Ahmad K Malik FRCS(Tr & Orth) Dip Med Sport, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Dr Kulvinder Singh Manik, MBBS, General Practitioner
  • Dr Fiona Martindale, MBChB, MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Julie Maxwell, MBBCh, MRCPCH, Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician
  • Dr S McBride, BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology & Immunobiology, MBBCh BAO, MSc in Clinical Gerontology, MRCP(UK), FRCEM, FRCP(Edinburgh). NHS Emergency Medicine & geriatrics
  • Mr Ian McDermott, MBBS, MS, FRCS(Tr&Orth), FFSEM(UK), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 
  • Dr Scott McLachlan, FAIDH, MCSE, MCT, DSysEng, LLM, MPhil, Postdoctoral researcher
  • Dr Franziska Meuschel, MD, ND, PhD, LFHom, BSEM, Nutritional, Environmental and Integrated Medicine
  • Dr Scott Mitchell, MBChB, MRCS, Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Dr Alan Mordue, MBChB, FFPH. Retired Consultant in Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology
  • Dr David Morris, MBChB, MRCP(UK), General Practitioner
  • Dr Claire Mottram, BSc Hons, MBChB, Doctor in General Practice
  • Margaret Moss, MA(Cantab), CBiol, MRSB, Director, The Nutrition and Allergy Clinic, Cheshire
  • Dr Alice Murkies, MD, FRACGP, MBBS, General Practitioner
  • Dr Greta Mushet, MBChB, MRCPsych, retired Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy
  • Dr Sarah Myhill, MBBS, retired GP and Naturopathic Physician
  • Mr Colin Natali, BSc(hons) MBBS, FRCS (Orth), Consultant Spinal Surgeon
  • Dr Chris Newton, PhD, Biochemist working in immuno-metabolism
  • Dr Rachel Nicholl, PhD, Medical researcher
  • Dr Richard J. O’Shea. MBBCh, BA(Hons) MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Sue Parker Hall, certified transactional analyst (CTA, psychotherapy); MSc (Counselling & Supervision) MBACP (senior accredited practitioner); EMDR practitioner, Psychotherapist
  • Dr Dean Patterson, Consultant Cardiologist
  • Dr Christina Peers, MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FFSRH, Menopause Specialist
  • Rev Dr William J U Philip MB ChB, MRCP, BD, Senior Minister The Tron Church, Glasgow, formerly physician specialising in cardiology
  • Anna Phillips, RSCN, BSc Hons, Clinical Lead Trainer Clinical Systems (Paediatric Intensive Care)
  • Dr Angharad Powell, MBChB, BSc (hons), DFRSH, DCP (Ireland), DRCOG, DipOccMed, MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Gerry Quinn, PhD. Postdoctoral researcher in microbiology and immunology
  • Dr Johanna Reilly, MBBS, General Practitioner
  • Jessica Righart, MSc, MIBMS, Senior Critical Care Scientist
  • Mr Angus Robertson, BSc, MB ChB, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Dr Jessica Robinson, BSc(Hons), MBBS, MRCPsych, MFHom, Psychiatrist and Integrative Medicine Doctor
  • Dr Jon Rogers, MB ChB (Bristol), Retired General Practitioner
  • Mr James Royle, MBChB, FRCS, MMedEd, Colorectal surgeon
  • Dr Roland Salmon, MB BS, MRCGP, FFPH, Former Director, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Wales
  • Sorrel Scott, Grad Dip Phys, Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology, 30 years in NHS
  • Dr Rohaan Seth, BSc (hons), MBChB (hons), MRCGP, Retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Haleema Sheikh, MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Gary Sidley, retired NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Annabel Smart, MBBS, retired General Practitioner
  • Natalie Stephenson, BSc (Hons), Paediatric Audiologist
  • Dr Zenobia Storah, MA (Oxon), Dip Psych, DClinPsy, Senior Clinical Psychologist (Child and Adolescent)
  • Dr Noel Thomas, MA, MBChB, DCH, DObsRCOG, DTM&H, MFHom, retired doctor
  • Dr Stephen Ting, MB CHB, MRCP, PhD, Consultant Physician
  • Dr Julian Tompkinson, MBChB MRCGP, General Practitioner GP trainer PCME
  • Suzanne Tomkinson BSc MSc CSci FIBMS Senior Biomedical Scientist (Clinical Biochemistry)
  • Dr Livia Tossici-Bolt, PhD, Clinical Scientist
  • Dr Helen Westwood MBChB MRCGP DCH DRCOG, General Practitioner
  • Dr Carmen Wheatley, DPhil, Orthomolecular Oncology
  • Mr Lasantha Wijesinghe, FRCS, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
  • Dr Damian Wilde, PhD, (Chartered) Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Ruth Wilde, MB BCh, MRCEM, AFMCP, Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctor
  • Dr Stephanie Williams, MD, Dermatologist
  • Dr Holly Young, BSc, MBChB, MRCP, Consultant Palliative Care Medicine

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