A big promise from the Ministry, while parents await a High Court decision

Aug 16, 2022

A fantastic summary and write up about our Kids Case and the issues we all face right now, with half truths, falsities and we outright lies.

Thank you Keri Molloy

The ’Hood’s fight against the NZ government rolling out the Pfizer vaccine to 5 - 11 year-olds concluded with a two day High Court judicial review hearing last week (June 27 and 28).

The case was heard by Judge David Ian Gendall. A decision is not expected for a few weeks, due to the amount of evidence presented..

The ‘Hood NZ is a volunteer and charity organisation comprising parents, doctors, nurses, academics, scientists, lawyers and concerned others. Acting on behalf of eight applicants, all concerned parents, it facilitated the legal action, challenging the decision by Medsafe to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children and the government’s decision to roll it out.

In the meantime, the government is pressing ahead with the rollout.

An advertisement in an Auckland community newspaper, urges whānua to book their injection: “Protect them for life. Immunise. COVID-19 vaccinations are available for tamariki aged 5-11.”

On its website, the Ministry of Health says the vaccination provides a web of protection for children, their whānau, their mates, and their school. It claims that serious side effects are ‘very very rare’. It assures that it will respond to any safety issues right away and will inform New Zealanders about any risks that arise in New Zealand.

The website directs parents to a study that found the vaccines are ‘safe, immunogenic and efficacious’ for children 5 - 11 years of age.

The study, supported by BioNTech and Pfizer, was not powered to detect rare side effects in 5 - 11year-olds and lacked long-term follow-up to assess the duration of immune responses, efficacy, and safety: “However, the safety of BNT162b2 observed in the study combined with widespread use of BNT162b2 in older populations should provide reassurance.”

The study will continue for two years.

Interviewed by Counterspin Media after the High Court hearing last week, Sereca Friend from The 'Hood said it had taken months and months of hard slog to present the case but it was definitely worth it.

“I think that whatever goes on record afterwards is going to be invaluable. Nothing about this was worthless, regardless of what happens. It was absolutely necessary. I think there's going to be a lot of checking of processes and things that will happen after this point. So any future rollouts that are considered, I think this is going to have a massive impact on that.”

Ms Friend says multiple arguments were used and thousands of pages of evidence presented.

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