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Follow vaccine manufacturer's guidance on vaccine delivery

Submitted on Sunday 10th January 2021

Rejected on Monday 11th January 2021

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

Petition Action

Follow vaccine manufacturer's guidance on vaccine delivery

Petition Details

The government should follow manufacturer's guidance on vaccine delivery to ensure maximum safety and efficacy.
Therefore, the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should be given within 21 days of the first dose, not the 12 weeks currently proposed, and they should not mix and match vaccines.

Additional Information

1.There is no evidence on safety and efficacy of giving the Pfizer vaccine over 21 days apart.
2.In a time where it is essential to maximise vaccine uptake, decisions should be based on scientific evidence so as not to undermine public trust
3. Virologists have raised concerns over this approach as it could cause new strains of the virus to develop
4. By changing the guidance between doses, people aren't able to give informed consent.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

We can only accept petitions about things the Government or House of Commons are directly responsible for, and decisions about approval of vaccines and the administration of these is a matter for various public health agencies, not the Government or House of Commons.

We have published the following petition calling for a related action, which you might like to sign:

Ban vaccines being administered in a manner not fully tested in clinical trials: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/566116

The delays to receiving the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine has been implemented by the NHS following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises UK health departments on immunisation, which has also been supported by the UK's four Chief Medical Officers. Their new advice and the changes to the Covid-19 vaccination programme are consistent with the temporary authorisations granted for these vaccines by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The JCVI, Chief Medical Officers, MHRA and NHS England are all independent and operationally independent of the UK Government, so we cannot accept petitions calling for actions that these bodies are responsible for.

You can read the JCVI's advice on optimising the COVID-19 vaccination programme for maximum short-term impact here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/prioritising-the-first-covid-19-vaccine-dose-jcvi-statement/optimising-the-covid-19-vaccination-programme-for-maximum-short-term-impact

You can read the statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines here: www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-prioritisation-of-first-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines

You can read the MHRA's conditions of Authorisation for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/conditions-of-authorisation-for-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine

You can read the MHRA's conditions of Authorisation for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/conditions-of-authorisation-for-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

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