A group of specialists in the Netherlands took the desperate action to reveal the story of a patient who is currently struggling to survive covid-19 after refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus with the dose of AstraZeneca, being a case that could be increasing in the nation, which also still has the Johnson & Johnson drugs stored due to the cases of clots that have been linked to it, the same thing happens with the first drug.
It is an open letter from health professionals who fear that these events will be repeated in the face of the media bombardment and the ignorance after the association of cases of thrombosis with both drugs, which, in the case of Johnson & Johnson, are only six in the United States, while in Europe and other parts of the world, the situation with the dose of AstraZeneca has not been comparatively higher than the millions of injections applied .
The missive, which is accompanied by an X-ray of the lungs of his patient that does not leave indifferent, is addressed to the acting Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, in a criticism of the stoppage of use of Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, and of age limitations on the use of AstraZeneca.
“Today the first patient who had refused to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine was admitted to our hospital after all the commotion in the press. We hear the tremendous regret in his voice and the despair in his eyes. The virus has attacked you and it could have been prevented. With your permission, we share your lung scan. It is not necessary to be a lung specialist to recognize the devastation, or an epidemiologist to explain the risks of not being vaccinated ”, they warned.
Netherlands has stored 80 thousand doses of Janssen since Monday pending a scientific recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its safety and its possible relationship with six cases of unusual blood clotting in the United States, the only country that has already used this single-dose vaccine.
In addition, and after the EMA alerted of a “possible link” of AstraZeneca with dozens of cases of very rare thromboembolism in people who received the injection, The nation decided to use it only in people over 60 years old, an age group where this preparation has shown fewer cases of this adverse effect.
After the debates about AstraZeneca and the divergences that European nations have shown on whether or not to continue vaccination with this preparation, 42 percent of those over 60 years of age are still unvaccinated in the Netherlands they refused to get this vaccine, according to an I&O survey commissioned by Dutch television NOS.
The signatories of the letter published this Friday, who are employees of the Zuyderland medical center, in the southeast of the Netherlands, have warned that “the risk of serious harm caused by covid-19 is ten times higher for people over 40 years old. Y 70 times higher for 60-year-olds, that the risk of serious damage by thrombosis ”of the vaccine.
“So far, we have cared for more than 3,000 coronavirus patients, and while (you) speak to experts about reopening society to offer perspective, we still see daily the tremendous consequences of this disease”They lamented.
The Dutch Executive presented last Tuesday a plan to “reopen society in a responsible manner” in the coming weeks and end the curfew as of April 28, but it conditioned it to control a third wave of infections that is unleashed, so this promise runs the risk of not being fulfilled until May.
This approach is highly criticized by those working on the front line against covid-19. “Employees legitimately wonder why should they continue to provide care without adequate protection, while the vaccines wait in the refrigerator ”, they denounced.
These doctors demand that the minister “stop delaying (vaccination) and causing concern“And they reminded him that” the figures show that the benefits of mass vaccination are overwhelming and do not lie. “
“Let people choose if they want to avoid a situation like that of our patient,” they urged, asking to make available “AstraZeneca, Janssen or any other vaccine” and advocated, like the majority in parliament, for “voluntary vaccination on the basis of informed consent ”.
In addition, as a conclusion to their letter, they threatened to use without permission the doses of AstraZeneca that they have in the refrigerator in the employees and doctors of the hospital center as of Monday, and warned that they will no longer “voluntarily and consciously cooperate with preventable harm” through vaccination.