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Safety of covid-19 vaccines to be debated by MPs

19 October 2022

On Monday 24 October, MPs will debate a petition relating to the safety of covid-19 vaccines.

Elliot Colburn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and Dr Caroline Johnson MP, Department of Health and Social Care, will respond for the Government.

Open a public inquiry into covid-19 vaccine safety

The petition, which has more than 107,000 signatures, states: “There has been a significant increase in heart attacks and related health issues since the rollout of the covid-19 vaccines began in 2021. This needs immediate and full scientific investigation to establish if there is any possible link with the covid-19 vaccination rollout.

It is the duty of the Government to ensure that the prescribed medical interventions of its response to Coronavirus are safe. We believe that the recent and increasing volume of data relating to cardiovascular problems since the Covid-19 vaccine rollout began is of enough concern to warrant a full Public Inquiry.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 5 January 2022, the Government said: “The Government commissioned a public inquiry into the pandemic and has no plans for a vaccine safety inquiry. Our surveillance strategy for covid-19 vaccines provides continuous safety monitoring.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

Petition debates don’t end with a vote to implement the request of a petition. This means MPs will not vote to decide on holding a public inquiry into the safety of covid-19 vaccines at the end of the debate.

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