Sunday’s Opinion Page papers centered on the Covid 19 vaccine and the consequences of the decision of health officials to postpone providing the second dose. Here’s the choice of those editorials.
On Sunday the Sun
he leader warned that there is still misunderstanding and mixed signals around the vaccine recommendation.
When the second dose of the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was over-faced by medical chiefs, it raised questions about the muddled details from those heading the vaccination program. The newspaper said it was right to warn Prof. Hugh Pennington that many Scots would wonder, “What the hell is going on?”
“It said, “It is vital that both in the vaccinations themselves and in those who are supposed to ensure that the vaccination goes smoothly and effectively, the public has confidence.
The Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are, after all, at the forefront of the UK’s coronavirus war.
But nursing home residents – who are among the most vulnerable in the country – were left terrified and puzzled by the change of heart of the medical authorities.
After a disastrous 2020 for our frail and elderly, anything that adds to their fears is the last thing they need.
“So let’s get a grip on this.”
Mail on Sunday
The newspaper said it was now up to the governments of the United Kingdom and Scotland, “which increasingly look like the most incompetent in the world,” to do their part to produce these landmark medicines.
“It is hard to believe that the vaccination program seems to be descending into chaos amid much fanfare just weeks after it was announced,” the leader of the paper said.
‘NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have acknowledged that it cannot guarantee that people can receive a second dose of a vaccine of the same brand name as the first, even though there is little evidence on whether adequate safety is given by combining the medications.
“Meanwhile, instructions to give a second dose within three or four weeks are also up in the air after UK guidelines were changed to 12 weeks,” he said.
“Once again, there is no test evidence on the effects of deviating from the instructions of the manufacturer.
“It is outrageous that nursing home residents – who were among the first to receive a first vaccination in Scotland – now have to wait up to three months for a full vaccination, with no guarantee of what second vaccination they will receive.”
Days of Sunday
As coronavirus figures had become a “huge challenge” with new infections routinely reaching 50,000 and deaths rising towards spring figures, its leader said Boris Johnson needed to be optimistic about the “horror story” ahead.
Although he said there was a “inevitable backlash” over the delay of the second vaccine dose, if the vaccine rollout meets “both our expectations and ministerial promises,” the government will make riding out the reaction much easier.
It said, “There will be just over half a million doses available at the start of the Oxford-AstraZeneca launch.” The aim is to raise this to two million doses a week this month, while vaccinating the UK adult population with even a single dose would take more than six months at this pace. While the UK may suffer from a lack of domestic vaccine production capacity, ministers have already begun muttering about global supply problems, concerns that are being debunked by producers.
The vaccination program provides “the light at the end of this gloomy tunnel,” but it states that “reality must match hope,”
We need regular statistics on the number of people vaccinated, in addition to daily figures on illnesses and deaths, so that performance can be tracked,” she said. “Vaccination must be the highest priority by which the competence of the government can be rightly assessed. This is a life and death matter. The public, if they make errors here, would not forgive politicians.