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Anaphylaxis, blood clots, strokes, death. BC patients suffered reactions from covid vaccines

According to records recently made available under the Freedom of Information Act, health officials were quietly monitoring serious adverse effects from the Covid-19 shots as British Columbians began receiving COVID-19 vaccination in December 2020 and the first half of 2021.

In a FOI request made in April 2022 the inquiry was for:

“Any and all records of adverse events/injuries from the sars cov-2/covid 19 vaccines that are being administered in British Columbia. (Date Range for Record Search: From 1/1/2021 To 8/6/2021)”

While the 42 page document only shows a few examples of the adverse reactions, these were never made public during the roll out at any of the Covid media conferences.

On January 5, 2021 Dr. Bonnie Henry sent an email by another doctor about report of someone that had an allergic reaction at the clinic in the Northern Health region to get more details. According to the email there was another allergic reaction later in the day on January 5, 2021 in Fraser Health. There were no further details on Jan5 in regards to that incident.

On January 15, 2021 Barbara J. Raymond MD sent an email to Dr. Bonnie Henry about a death caused by the Covid-19 vaccine.

Although the Correctional Service of Canada did “not consider the fatality to be linked to the vaccine,” a prisoner in B.C. died after receiving the Moderna dose, according to a Jan. 17, 2021 email from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned in a email on January 17, 2021 they are working “nationally on how to report deaths temporally associated with vaccination especially”.

On January 21, 2021 Bonnie Henry was sent a media briefing report. At the time there was 56 adverse reaction reports for a rate of 46.7 events per 100,000 doses administered.

The AEFI report said at the time they had a total of 10 anaphylaxis reports at a rate of 8 per 100,000 doses “This is a higher rate than reported in BC with influenza vaccine (for comparison) and higher than what has been reported in the US data (about 1 per 100,000 doses)” wrote Monika Naus of the Disease Control Centre

Dr. Monika Naus of the Disease Control Centre advised Henry in an email on March 11, 2021 that B.C. had higher rates of anaphylaxis connected to vaccines than the Canadian and US averages.

On May 18, 2021, a woman from Vancouver Island sent Henry an email informing her that one week after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, she had been told she had blood clots in her lungs. She explained that although she had been given medication, there remained a lengthy wait until she could visit a blood specialist. She hoped Henry could help minimize that wait.

She also hoped Henry would “investigate further as to why my first vaccine resulted with blood clots in my lungs and to add these findings to the ongoing research.”

AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been linked to “rare cases of serious blood clots,” according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website, but Pfizer is not mentioned.

A Disease Control epidemiologist sent Henry an email on March 25, 2021, expressing serious concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine, including greater fatalities, young patient ages, and “excess” risks.

“I urge that decision makers review this information as soon as possible to consider whether to pause the use of AZ/Covishield until further investigations are completed,” Dr. Eleni Galanis wrote.

The vaccine was halted for those under the age of 55 several days later due to concerns that it was connected to rare blood clots, but it was continued for those over 55. It was no longer advised as a second dose for any age group later that spring.

A individual in the Interior Health region suffered a “severe stroke” after receiving the Pfizer vaccination, according to an email sent to Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, on June 7, 2021. This was ruled a “adverse reaction” to the shot.

“Doctors in B.C. … agree that the vaccine was the catalyst for his stroke. We cannot change this for [name redacted] but investigating this might prevent someone else from suffering the same outcome,” said the email. The sender’s name was removed.

Henry requested a follow-up, but the full response from Interior Health was also removed from the FOI papers, making it difficult to determine whether this was an isolated incident.

Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, received an email from a constituent in early June 2021, expressing concern about a guy who suffered Guillain-Barré syndrome and Bell’s Palsy after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccination. According to the email, the patient was released from the hospital in a wheelchair and his recuperation could take up to a year.

“It is truly heartbreaking to see this [man] totally incapacitated so quickly by this vaccine,” the woman wrote to Letnick.

The email was forwarded to Henry, who explained that Guillain-Barré is most commonly caused by illness, but “has been linked to vaccination.” The BC Centre for Disease Control had been notified, and the case was being investigated, she said.

Health Canada says “there are a small number of reports of people who have developed this rare (Guillain-Barré) disorder” after taking the AZ and Johnson&Johnson vaccines.

On April 5 2021, Dr. Hoffe wrote an open letter to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry with concerns over the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, he received a letter from the Interior Health Authority that accused him of causing “vaccine hesitancy.” His ability to be an Emergency Room doctor was revoked, and he was investigated by the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Charles Douglas Hoffe was quickly criticized by his peers for creating awareness around vaccine injuries. The British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons would later allege Hoffe with making “misleading, incorrect, or inflammatory” statements about COVID, including that vaccinations cause “microscopic blood clots that cause serious neurological harm, female infertility, and a high number of deaths.”

One British Columbian resident is possibly the first in Canada to receive approval for the vaccine injury support.

While Dr. Bonnie Henry is facing court challenges to her mandatory vaccine regime and vaccine passports.

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