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The article is available for open access here: https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines11082287 . This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Issues in COVID-19 and Neutralizing Antibodies . The narrative review is a...
Dr Andrew McIntyre was First Applicant in last year's Doctors Against Mandates' challenge against the Chief Health Officer's mandates. [Disclaimer: This is a personal story, the second of a series from doctors and other applicants explaining their perspectives. It is...
[Disclaimer: This is a personal story, the first of a series from doctors and other applicants explaining their perspectives. It is not medical advice or information published in the practice of medicine.] Dr Peter Parry MBBS, PhD, FRANZCP, Cert Child Adoles...
Note: This is the original application against the Health Employment Directive 12/21 filed mid-February 2023. The group hope to lodge an amended application very soon and the updated version will be uploaded. Parry & Ors - Application for a Statutory Order of...
Doctors Against Mandates
We are a group of Queensland (Australia)-based medical doctors who believe that medical ethics, open transparent scientific debate and fully-informed informed consent must guide risk/benefit therapeutic decisions between doctors and patients. This applies to employers and employees and the state and its citizens when it comes to the subject of vaccine mandates. Key phrases in the Codes of Conduct (1) for medical practitioners in Australia include:
- Doctors have a duty to make the care of patients their first concern and practise medicine safely and effectively. They must be honest, ethical and trustworthy.
- Doctors have a responsibility to protect and promote the health of individuals and the community.
- In clinical practice, the care of your patient is your primary concern.
- Good medical practice involves … only recommending treatments when there is an identified therapeutic need … and a reasonable expectation of clinical efficacy and benefit for the patient.
- Informed consent is a person’s voluntary decision about medical care that is made with knowledge and understanding of the benefits and risks involved.
We have no qualms about accepting traditional technology vaccines with a long safety record, such as the Hepatitis B vaccine, as a requirement for medical and nursing staff, particularly for those exposed to body fluids in surgery etc. However, the current Covid-19 vaccines on offer in Australia are of a new gene-based technology that was developed at ‘warp speed’ in months, rather than the usual 7 to 10 years, and mRNA (Pfizer & Moderna) and adenovectorDNA (AstraZeneca & Johnson & Johnson) technology has never been used publicly for vaccine purposes before 2020.
Whereas the Covid-19 gene-based vaccines rolled out with hope in late 2020/early 2021 and were deemed ‘safe and effective’ by the manufacturers, health regulators and authorities, recent COVID-19 infection rates show that the vaccines do not prevent COVID-19 transmission or infection (2). There are now many published peer-reviewed articles about adverse events, by one collation over 1,250 articles and case reports in the medical literature (3), and unprecedented high rates of adverse event reports to vaccine injury databases in the USA (VAERS), UK (YellowCard), European Union (Eudravigilance), World Health Organisation (VigiAccess) and Australia (DAEN of the TGA) (4). ‘Follow the Science’ means changing guidelines and clinical practice as new data emerges. By late 2021 we observe that there was sufficient evidence of poor safety and inadequate effectiveness to, at a maximum restrict the vaccines to older adults (as has been done in Denmark recently) and at a minimum, not continue the vaccine mandates.
We, along with thousands of other Australian health practitioners, have been prevented from openly discussing our concerns about Covid-19 gene-based vaccine effectiveness and safety due to the ongoing state of emergency, and threats and actual instances of job loss and de-registration.
The vaccine mandates are discriminatory, unnecessary, have caused significant societal harm and need to be ended. Therefore, despite the personal and professional discomfort and risks in speaking out, we feel compelled to legally challenge the vaccine mandates that have impacted on health workers in this state and by extension on people in many professions and industries.
We initially challenged the Directive extending the mandate for health professionals issued by the state Chief Health Officer (CHO) on 12 March 2022 via a judicial review in the Queensland Supreme Court.
Within a fortnight of receiving 13 affidavits from members of our medical doctor applicants group, plus six expert witness reports from national and international experts, the CHO, on 2 September 2022 revoked his “Direction mandating COVID-19 vaccination requirements for workers in health settings”.
However, the Queensland Health Employment Directive (HED 12/21) of 30 September 2021 (5) continues. This means that the Covid-19 mandate for public Qld Health workers continues.
Advice from the state government indicates vaccination with the current Covid-19 vaccines is strongly encouraged in private practice venues where management of facilities such as some private hospitals are still effectively mandating them. Vaccine mandates continue by employers in various industries such as aviation.
Therefore, we press on with a Request for Statutory Order (Judicial Review) case challenging Qld Health’s HED 12/21.
It is our view that the evidence for and against the mandates needs to be heard in our Supreme Court and entered into the public record. Such evidence is important for informing legal jurisdictions nationally and internationally.
Help Doctors Challenge Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
Our group of doctors come from General Practice, Medical (Physician) specialties, Infectious Disease Medicine, Pathology, Surgical specialties, Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Radiology and Psychiatry.
- We are not “anti-vaxxers”- we are anti-mandate. Several of us attempted to obtain vaccination with traditional technology Covid-19 vaccines but without success. The majority of us are fully vaccinated against traditional vaccine-preventable diseases. In contrast, COVID-19 is not listed as a vaccine preventable disease according to the updated Public Health Act (6) and neither did the CHO of Queensland, declare it as such under the Act when he issued the now revoked CHO Public Health Direction.
- Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent transmission or infection of COVID-19, particularly of the latest variants of SARS-CoV-2 (4).
- Gene-based COVID-19 vaccines continue to be associated with unprecedented high rates of death and injury, as evidenced in global vaccine injury databases (VAERS, TGA DAEN, UK Yellow Card System, European EUDRAVigilance) (4). The Australian Government has created a Covid vaccine death and injury compensation scheme.
- We will be asking for Queensland Health’s senior management to articulate the medical and scientific rationale for the ongoing workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandate of the Health Employment Directive of 30 September 2021 (HED 12/21) (5) in light of increasing evidence of the gene-based vaccines’ high risk profile and the inability of the vaccines to prevent infection and transmission of COVID-19.
- We believe that by enforcing COVID-19 vaccinations on the public and healthcare workers, that Queensland Health’s HED 12/21 has breached the human rights of affected Queenslanders.
- We are endeavouring to engage in an open and honest debate between doctors and the Qld Government on the latest evidence regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing need for vaccine mandates.
- Early treatments based on lifestyle changes, personal nasopharyngeal hygiene, vitamins and supplements and repurposed cheap off-patent medicines with known safety profiles are being trialled with varying success against Covid-19 around the world. A large repository of evidence for and against such measures (7) exists.
- Report of expert witness Dr Andrew Madry prepared for the Supreme Court of Qld (see resource link)
- COVID-19 early treatment: real time analysis of 2,098 studies (as 13 Sep 2022): https://c19early.com/