After tweeting that there’s a 1 in 5000 risk of “serious adverse effects” from the COVID vaccine, Germany’s Health Ministry deleted it, only to tweet there’s a 0.2 chance in 1000 — which is the same probability.
First, they tweeted that 1 in 5000 people suffer a “serious side effect” after COVID vaccination.
But then they deleted the tweet.
Shortly thereafter, they tweeted there’s a 0.2 chance in 1000 of adverse reactions from the COVID vaccine in Germany – which is the same probability just by looking at it.
Perhaps the ministry thought that 0.2 out of 1000 looks less scary to people than 1 in 5000. Either way, this is another health authority admitting that adverse effects might not be ‘exceedingly rare’ as originally promised.
Germany’s announcement comes just days after Ontario’s CMHO refused to say healthy people “should” get boosted with the “therapeutic” due to the risk of myocarditis being 1 in 5000.
Reporter: “I just want to get clarification. If I’m a young, healthy person, should I be getting a 4th vaccine dose right now, when Omricron is spreading so quickly…?”
Dr. Moore: “If you’ve had your first two doses and your first booster, we would not – you may get your second booster dose, but it’s not a ‘should.'”
Reporter: “Why not recommend it to everybody instead of saying it’s a personal decision?”
Dr. Moore: “Because at present, we’re doing a risk-based approach.”
Reporter: “What’s the risk?”
Dr. Moore: “There’s always a risk to having any therapeutic versus a benefit. You want to make sure there’s a very strong benefit versus the risk. If you’re an 18-year-old healthy individual, the risk of getting hospitalized if you have no underlying medical illness is very, very low. We know there is a risk, a very small risk, 1 in 5000 that may get myocarditis, for example, and you’d have to have that discussion on the risk-benefit of a complication from the vaccine versus the benefit of vaccination – for a young, healthy person.”
Despite the controversy from various experts over what the rate of adverse effects actually is, it’s encouraging to see them talking about it. The narrative is shifting.