Thanks to Vicky Bula, administrator for Vaccine Awareness Gibraltar, we have some initial statistics for reported adverse reactions to the Pfizer Covid Jab.
Vicky filed a FOI to the UK's Yellow Card Scheme in July; and she would like to remind people to make sure they use Gibraltar's recognized postcode GX11 1AA when reporting adverse reactions on the Yellow Card Scheme.
Here is what she wrote (21 Aug 2021):
(GX11 1AA) - PLEASE REMEMBER!
On 17th July 2021 I filed a Freedom of Information to the Yellow Card Scheme and the MHRA to ask further questions into the reporting of adverse reactions from Gibraltar and the protocols in which healthcare providers and medical institutions need to follow ans adhere to when reporting adverse reactions from Gibraltar.
The MHRA has confirmed that they work closely with the UK devolved administrations as well as the governments of the British Overseas Territories.... this is fantastic news and with further emails and documentation provided to me this would suggest that the MHRA are correct in what they say when referring to the overseas territory of Gibraltar.
It has been confirmed to me that all of those individuals receiving a vaccine are encouraged to report side effects to COVID-19 vaccines to the Yellow Card Scheme by the local governments in these territories...
I filed a FOI to request more information into the vaccine program and the reporting of adverse reactions to date, As per my request, up to 10th August 2021, It has been confirm that the Yellow card has received 22 Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reports associated with COVID-19 vaccines reported from Gibraltar.
I was told to be aware that this information is based on ADR reports received directly from all healthcare professionals, patients, parents and carers in Gibraltar.
I was also informed to note, that the information generated and supplied to me is dependent on the accuracy of the data and relies on the postcode being provided as GX11 1AA by the reporter on the original Yellow Card.
It was added that if the postcode is incorrectly provided or incomplete, the Yellow Card will not be included in this data for Gibraltar
In response to my questions about the Yellow Card and how it is promoted to healthcare providers and medical institutions - I was informed the reporting of suspected ADRs is voluntary by healthcare professionals..... HOWEVER reporting is encouraged within the codes of practice of all healthcare professionals by their associations and regulators.
I was educated that the MHRA have in place a Yellow Card strategy that works to increase awareness, actively promote and make reporting to the scheme more accessible for everyone....
Where is this education and the awareness to the people of Gibraltar ???
Why wasn’t this information relayed in parliament when the question was asked by Marlene Hassan Nahon ?
Why hasn’t Minister Sacramento Informed the public of the imperative information that needs to be included in a report to the yellow card scheme ?
Although this is an improvement from the information I last requested and obtained there is still a way to go to make sure that the information collected for us is obtained and listed correctly.
Not all is doom and gloom.... Minister Sacramento has confirmed that all adverse reactions, mild or severe are ALL recorded.......
She has also stated and confirmed very recently, (and not before) that an adverse reaction report can in fact be reported to the Yellow card scheme, confirmed in parliament and all of the information is collated and recorded using a tool to allocate the data which suggests that the information is available and should be published promptly to properly inform the people of Gibraltar.
Perhaps this is yet another report that’s sat on her desk with no agenda ..... hoping never to be published .......???? she did say she was going to wait for a long period of time to pass before she published yet she also said that there was no intention to publish the data ????? ! which one is it ?
Gibraltar .... please remember that if you need to use the yellow card scheme to report any vaccine, medicine or medical device please make sure that you include the post code for Gibraltar (GX11 1AA) so that the statistics can be accurately allocated..... again this is not something that should be coming from me, this should have already been made aware to the people of Gibraltar as a matter of good governance.....
Good question Vicky – Why hasn’t Minister Sacramento Informed the public of the imperative information that needs to be included in a report to the yellow card scheme ?
"Minister Sacramento has confirmed that all adverse reactions, mild or severe are ALL recorded" – Seems like this should be public knowledge so that people can make good decisions relating "informed consent".
Just a reminder – Death is also a fatal adverse reaction – Gibraltar Deaths After Covid Vaccine Push - #106 by Cheeky-Monkey
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