From: Serena Johnson
Dear Chris Hipkins,
I am aware there have been other requests for the Novavax vaccine to be hurried along for approval.
I want to be vaccinated.
However, I am not comfortable, or to be honest I am more terrified of the Pfizer vaccine. I have done some research, I am not a biochemist or a specialist, I do understand how the Pfizer differs to how other vaccines have been made in the past. I have a strong family history in the worse possible side effects from the vaccine, so I have chosen not to get Pfizer.
I am now in a position where I may very really be stood down from my job by the 15th of November and if not vaccinated by mid-December will be unemployed. Please give some options. Please get Novavax approved, or at lease acknowledge vaccinations from those that are going on the Valneva trial.
I want to be vaccinated.
From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.
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Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka