Request for judicial review of the deployment of the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds

A lawsuit has been launched by a group of concerned parents calling for an urgent reconsideration of Medsafe’s decision to roll out the Pzifer vaccine to children aged 5 to 11.

Following the filing at Wellington High Court last week of an application for judicial review, Judge Rebecca Ellis held the first judicial conference yesterday and granted anonymity to the claimants and their families.

The claimant families said they wanted to protect themselves and their children from further bullying that manifested at school, as well as socially, because of their decision not to vaccinate.

The request for a preliminary order to immediately stop the deployment to children between the ages of 5 and 11 was not granted. However, a substantive hearing for the stop-deployment orders is scheduled for next Thursday, January 27, before Judge Ellis.

Vaccine maker Pzifer will be served with the proceedings and given the opportunity to be heard in court.

The lawsuit was brought by the group of parents who have questions for the government that they say have not been adequately answered.

Some have had reactions to the Pfizer vaccine themselves, have children at risk, or are simply concerned about the new technology being used. They draw attention to the very small Pfizer trials for this age group that the New Zealand government appears to have relied on to tentatively approve this vaccine, as well as the lack of solid safety information in general.

Further questions arise given the recommendations currently on the WHO website which state: “There are currently no efficacy or safety data in children under 12 years of age. Until these data are available, people under 12 should not be routinely vaccinated.” https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-can-take-the-pfizer-biontech-covid-19–vaccine

An organization called The ‘Hood supports the plaintiffs by facilitating the case. Made up of a broader group of 1,500 parents, doctors, nurses, academics, scientists, lawyers and other concerned people, The ‘Hood said in a press release that they share a common goal: to make the best decision for their children and their young.

“Like the plaintiffs seeking judicial review, we want the government to respond to the many questions we have also raised.

“The ‘Hood has filed numerous OIA requests and sent letters to the Children’s Commissioner, ministers and government agencies, asking for clarification of the specific criteria and data Medsafe used to approve this latest deployment of the Pfizer vaccine.

“Too many of these questions have no satisfactory answer or are not resolved at all.

“There are simply too many unknowns with the Pfizer vaccine and not enough evidence to convince us that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.”

“These parents are not ‘anti-vax’ – in fact, many have vaccinated their children against measles, mumps, rubella and other childhood illnesses.”

The ‘Hood website was launched this month www.thehoodnz.com to act as a resource for parents and children to find answers to their concerns and questions. It features video of parents (neither of whom are plaintiffs in the court case) speaking openly on camera about their concerns. See: https://thehoodnz.com/watch.

  1. A ‘Hood survey currently underway via the website shows that 900 of the 1,400 people who have completed it so far know someone who has had an adverse reaction to the Covid-19 vaccination.

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