by Ashley Sadler, LifeSite News:
In an interview in which he confirmed that a “handful” of “severe” adverse reactions to the experimental Pfizer jab had been reported, New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister suggested that his government would need to “go out and find” any Kiwis who were still unvaccinated next year.
Hon. Chris Hipkins, a member of parliament in New Zealand’s House of Representatives and the country’s minister for COVID-19 response, told The AM Show Tuesday that the injections were currently being rolled out to those in the over-65 age category and affirmed that some New Zealanders had experienced severe reactions to the shot.
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“Yes there have been a few people who have experienced side effects and that is not unusual for this vaccine, that applies with almost every vaccine that does get rolled out,” he said.
A recently published Medsafe study confirmed 4,521 reports of adverse reactions among New Zealanders after taking the Pfizer injection, of which 180 were serious. Eight deaths were reported, though it is unclear whether they were directly caused by the Pfizer shot.
Newshub reported that serious reactions have included facial paralysis, hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, reduced vision, seizure, stroke, and thrombosis.
Hipkins said that the shots would be available to younger and less-vulnerable age categories moving forward, and that everyone will have the chance to get the Pfizer product.
“Early next year we’ll be in the phase of chasing up people who haven’t come forward to get their vaccination or who have missed their bookings and so on,” Hipkins said. “So, everyone will be able to get a vaccine between now and the end of the year.”
“Of course, I want every New Zealander to come forward,” Hipkins continued, “but human behavior suggests that there will be some people that we have to actually really go out and look for.”
Hipkins said the government is committed to making the drugs available to everyone by the end of 2021, but added “I can’t say that we’re not going to have some hesitant people, or some people who just haven’t come forward that we don’t have to go out and find next year.”
Simulations conducted in New Zealand have suggested that 83 percent of the population would need to be vaccinated to gain herd immunity against the “original strain” of the coronavirus. But experts now claim that the allegedly more infectious “Delta variant” will require a vaccination rate of 97 percent.
Hipkins’ comments about “go[ing] out and look[ing] for” unvaccinated New Zealanders have raised eyebrows among those skeptical of the hastily produced experimental shots and the politicization of vaccination by government officials.
The New Zealand minister’s remarks were made within hours of U.S. President Joe Biden’s announcement that he was launching a “community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door by door” campaign, “literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people.”
The comments by the Biden administration sparked immediate backlash among social media users and Republican lawmakers, who slammed the policy for infringing on Americans’ privacy.