Monday | 12 July | 2021
By Reon Janse van Rensburg
South Africa is being seriously affected by the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of Solidarity’s members and their relatives are falling sick and are hospitalised or even die because of this disease. The death rate among Solidarity members now is 40% higher than the comparative figure for 2019, and among non-members the situation is likely to be no different. Many people are heart-broken, their lives have been disrupted and they are living with fear and record-low emotional levels. Covid-19 is a painful reality.
Solidarity instructed its researchers to conduct thorough research on vaccines. A comprehensive investigation was launched into the development, spread, safety, risks and other factors concerning vaccination. The thorough report compiled by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) addresses all concerns that Solidarity members and the public may have.
Solidarity still is greatly concerned about the economic impact of the pandemic, and the organisation knows that it has to act on behalf of its members on a daily basis to ensure that they can continue working and earning an income in safe circumstances.
For the past 18 months, the world has been in the iron grip of the Covid-19 pandemic. Globally, every state has put in place a set of measures in an attempt to combat the pandemic. Over the past year several vaccines have been developed that may help fighting the pandemic. All medication has some side-effects, and the currently available vaccines are no exception. The question to be answered is what is the difference between the advantages and the risks of the vaccines.
To make a sound judgment, one has to look at the effectiveness and the safety of the vaccines. Another question is whether there are safer alternatives that offer outcomes similar to those of vaccines.
Vaccines do not guarantee that you will not get Covid-19, but they allow radically downward management of the risk of contracting Covid-19 and of getting sick or dying. It is all about weighing up of risks.
The report also shows that ivermectin may form part of the Covid-19 treatment protocol and that vaccines and ivermectin should not be seen as opposing each other.
Solidarity members and the public are being inundated with information on vaccines, resulting in widespread confusion. This report brings clarity. It has been drafted without an agenda and without trying to make a point, and it is an objective investigation into the part that vaccines can play in combating Covid-19.
On the one hand, people receive videos, articles, sound bites and other messages on social media all the time, and on the other hand there are global groups and unfortunately also the South African government that create little trust. Many of our members are positive about vaccines but negative about the government. People’s distrust is justified, because the government has a dismal track record in virtually all other fields. For us ordinary people it is virtually impossible to make sense from all the information.
Solidarity’s instruction to its researchers was simple: do not rely on our government’s data, the World Health Organization or any of the experts on YouTube or Facebook. Consult original sources, raw data, and focus on countries where large numbers have been vaccinated and where there is transparency with regard to side-effects. Ironically, South Africa’s dismal vaccination programme makes it possible to look at other countries retrospectively.
A core principle that must not be undermined, however, is freedom of choice. Everyone has the right to bodily integrity, and Solidarity will protect this right. No government and no employer may compel an individual to be vaccinated.
No country with a successful vaccination programme has forced people inside or outside the workplace to receive the vaccine. Coercion creates resistance.
In a country such as Hungary there was initial strong resistance to vaccination. Thanks to that government’s professional presentation of the vaccines, transparent communication and obvious success and little side-effects experienced, many people eventually decided themselves to be vaccinated.
Solidarity will take to court any employer who unlawfully forces his employees to receive the vaccine. And Solidarity certainly will neither subtly nor openly force its members to make a choice. We trust our members to make responsible choices, in accordance with their own unique circumstances.
Making a choice requires good information. Solidarity has a research institute with the best researchers who can conduct original research. This report is the product of comprehensive research by our SRI team.
The report covers, inter alia, the following questions and gives clear and practical answers that do not require further analysis, and it allows Solidarity members and the South African public themselves to answer the questions they are struggling with regarding Covid-19 and the currently available vaccines.
- Effectiveness – The first question with regard to Covid-19 vaccines is simple – do they work? To respond to this question in real conditions rather than test conditions, Solidarity studied outcomes at grassroots level in several countries.
- Safety – An important question regarding vaccines is about their safety for use in humans. A vaccine that is extremely effective but is more dangerous to health than the illness it tries to prevent, is practically useless.
The report also addresses the following statements currently going the rounds:
– The vaccines have been developed too rapidly and therefore are unsafe.
– It is too difficult to transport the vaccine and there is no guarantee that it will still be effective by the time it reaches me.
– The long-term effects of the vaccine are serious.
– You get Covid-19 when you have received the vaccine.
– The spike protein of Covid-19 on its own is dangerous.
– The spike protein of the vaccine spreads through your entire body, causing damage.
– The vaccine has a harmful effect on breast feeding.
– Shouldn’t one use ivermectin instead of the vaccine?
– More people are dying of the vaccine than of Covid-19.
- South Africa’s vaccination programme – All indications are that South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is a complete failure, with only 0,8% of the population vaccinated by June 2021. This leaves the government’s vaccination programme at number 210 in the world, behind most African countries.
- Recommendations by Solidarity on the vaccine and vaccination programmes
With a virus strangling South Africa and the rest of the world, we have to approach vaccines with an open mind. In these times, many people will have to choose between the options of being vaccinated or not being vaccinated, with the different consequences of each option. Making a choice on vaccines literally means making a choice between life and death.
More than 2,9 billion doses have been administered in over 140 countries. Successful vaccine countries include Israel, England, Hungary and the US. Numerous countries with small populations already have vaccinated major proportions of their populations.
We have to get answers on how to get out of this pandemic headlock. We cannot carry on like this. Every day, more people are falling ill, and every person who dies of Covid-19 is one too many. The economy no longer can keep plodding on and South Africans are suffering financially more and more every day because harsh lockdown regulations are making it impossible for thousands of them to earn a living. If we as human beings do not find ways and means to combat the virus, the circumstances we are experiencing now will continue and will become worse.
However, we should act judiciously and not become involved in unnecessary quarrels. Remember that we are all pursuing the same objective – a healthy world where you and your loved ones may live in freedom, safety and prosperity.
When making a choice, make sure it is an informed choice.
Read the report, click here.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.