Questions regarding vaccination mandates and covid response

Mathew Ultee made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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From: Mathew Ultee

Dear Chris Hipkins,

I would appreciate any or all of your opinions on the below questions please. If you can’t answer any of these questions feel free to say so as some of this information may not be available, or it is outside the realms of your responsibility, or it is too soon for it to be relevant. If another ministry or official can answer any question that you cant please answer in part respond and pass on my request please.

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in NZ?

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what is the WHO criteria?

Could this criteria lead to a positive bias in Covid death reporting in NZ and to the WHO, Could the WHO criteria also lead to a positive bias if it is different?

Due to the nature of the growing list of adverse events from the vaccine, is it possible many of these will be difficult to determine that they have come from the vaccine and this could lead to negative bias in adverse event reporting?

Considering the CRAM system and any other adverse reporting system in the world is essentially a customer complaint system (typically complaints are the tip of the iceberg in these sort of systems) is it possible this could lead to under reporting and a negative bias in vaccine adverse event reports?

Under the current criteria could a vaccine adverse event resulting in death (for say a heart attack or stroke) end up being classified as a Covid death if the patient also tested positive for Covid while simultaneously not being reported as an adverse vaccine event?

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death?

If the criteria is not the same could this lead to bias that would indicate the vaccine is less risky than the illness from Covid?

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED) develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias?

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk?

If the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission or infection how does a mandate help?

If the Vaccine is 95% effective at preventing serious illness why are the statistics not reflecting this (In NZ and the World)? 5% of 80 is 4% therefore only 4% of Covid ICU admissions and deaths should be vaccinated people in NZ?

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems since the large scale vaccine roll out?

What are the all cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination status in NZ?

What is the cycle count used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in NZ?

What is the current cycle count recommendation for the PCR test from the WHO?

Has this PCR cycle count changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO advice and if so when did this happen for both?

Could this lead to false positives and positive bias in case numbers?

If someone tests positive via a PCR test but is “Asymptomatic” and never develops symptoms is this truly indicative of disease?

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?

If 5-11 year olds get the approval to be allowed to be vaccinated would this change the government’s stance on teacher vaccine mandates?

Could some of the above bias indicate that the current emergency legislation is an overreaction?

Could some of the above bias indicate that the severity of Covid is vastly overstated?

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ?

If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of these pharmacologically active substances?

Is the government looking into Paxlovid for early treatment of Covid considering its resounding success in early trials?

Are you aware of the close structure activity relationship of Paxlovid to Ivermectin?

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ?

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require mechanical ventilation to breath in and out?

Would oxygen be a good choice rather than a ventilator if a patient can still breath on their own?

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs?

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for Covid?

If so is it possible this could increase the risk of death?

In the first outbreak in 2020 is it possible that ventilator use coupled with sedation could have contributed to morbidity?

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese, would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy with no long term safety data?

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while pregnant in NZ?

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in NZ?

Will the government be monitoring real world miscarriage and still birth rates and or baby deformities in pregnant people that have been vaccinated while or shortly before pregnancy vs those who have not been vaccinated in NZ?

Yours faithfully, Mathew Ultee

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

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.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

You can find the latest information and guidance about Alert Levels at
[1]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and...
The locations of interest are set out
at [2]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [3]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [5]https://covid19.govt.nz/business-and-mon....

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [6]https://www.miq.govt.nz/, including how to request an emergency
allocation
at [7]https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-ze...
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [8]https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/contact-us....
o Travel with Australia
at [9]https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantin...
you are in Australia, please register
at [10]https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [11]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/, including
how to book your vaccine
at [12]https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/... by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [13]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [14]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vac...
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
world
at [16]https://covid19.govt.nz/reconnecting-new....

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

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

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Kia ora Mathew,
 

On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you
for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). You
have requested:

 

“I would appreciate any or all of your opinions on the below questions
please. If you can’t answer any of these questions feel free to say so as
some of this information may not be available, or it is outside the realms
of your responsibility, or it is too soon for it to be relevant. If
another ministry or official can answer any question that you cant please
answer in part respond and pass on my request please.

 

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to
instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?

 

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in
NZ?

 

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what
is the WHO criteria?

 

Could this criteria lead to a positive bias in Covid death reporting in NZ
and to the WHO, Could the WHO criteria also lead to a positive bias if it
is different?

 

Due to the nature of the growing list of adverse events from the vaccine,
is it possible many of these will be difficult to determine that they have
come from the vaccine and this could lead to negative bias in adverse
event reporting?

 

Considering the CRAM system and any other adverse reporting system in the
world is essentially a customer complaint system (typically complaints are
the tip of the iceberg in these sort of systems) is it possible this could
lead to under reporting and a negative bias in vaccine adverse event
reports?

 

Under the current criteria could a vaccine adverse event resulting in
death (for say a heart attack or stroke) end up being classified as a
Covid death if the patient also tested positive for Covid while
simultaneously not being reported as an adverse vaccine event?

 

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death?

 

If the criteria is not the same could this lead to bias that would
indicate the vaccine is less risky than the illness from Covid?

 

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED)
develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid
deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias?

 

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to
inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an
increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk?

 

If the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission or infection how does a mandate
help?

 

If the Vaccine is 95% effective at preventing serious illness why are the
statistics not reflecting this (In NZ and the World)? 5% of 80 is 4%
therefore only 4% of Covid ICU admissions and deaths should be vaccinated
people in NZ?

 

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems
since the large scale vaccine roll out?

 

What are the all cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination
status in NZ?

 

What is the cycle count used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
in NZ?

 

What is the current cycle count recommendation for the PCR test from the
WHO?

 

Has this PCR cycle count changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO
advice and if so when did this happen for both?

 

Could this lead to false positives and positive bias in case numbers?

 

If someone tests positive via a PCR test but is “Asymptomatic” and never
develops symptoms is this truly indicative of disease?

 

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the
age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?

 

If 5-11 year olds get the approval to be allowed to be vaccinated would
this change the government’s stance on teacher vaccine mandates?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the current emergency
legislation is an overreaction?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the severity of Covid is vastly
overstated?

 

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for
prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ?

 

If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of
these pharmacologically active substances?

 

Is the government looking into Paxlovid for early treatment of Covid
considering its resounding success in early trials?

 

Are you aware of the close structure activity relationship of Paxlovid to
Ivermectin?

 

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial
recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ?

 

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is
this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it
because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require
mechanical ventilation to breath in and out?

 

Would oxygen be a good choice rather than a ventilator if a patient can
still breath on their own?

 

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the
risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs?

 

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for
Covid?

 

If so is it possible this could increase the risk of death?

 

In the first outbreak in 2020 is it possible that ventilator use coupled
with sedation could have contributed to morbidity?

 

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese,
would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy
with no long term safety data?

 

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while
pregnant in NZ?

 

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in
NZ?

 

Will the government be monitoring real world miscarriage and still birth
rates and or baby deformities in pregnant people that have been vaccinated
while or shortly before pregnancy vs those who have not been vaccinated in
NZ?”

 

This information appears to be more closely associated with the functions
and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am
transferring your request to the Ministry under section 14(b)(ii) of the
Act. You will receive a response from the Ministry of Health in due
course.

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [1][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

 

 

Ngâ mihi

 

[2]cid:image001.jpg@01D7B3B9.BED43960 Yuuki
Smithers |
(Acting)
Health
Private
Secretary

Office of
Hon Chris
Hipkins   

Minister
for
COVID-19
Response |
Minister
of
Education
| Minister
for the
Public
Service |
Leader of
the House

Parliament
Buildings,
Private
Bag 18041,
Wellington
6160, New
Zealand

 

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Kia ora Mathew,

 

Thank you for your request for official information which was transferred
from the Office of Hon Chris Hipkins and received by the Ministry of
Health on 30 November 2021. The Ministry’s reference number for your
request is H202116914.

 

If you need to contact us at any stage about your request, please quote
this reference number in your correspondence. You requested:

 

“If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to
instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in
NZ?

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what
is the WHO criteria?

Could this criteria lead to a positive bias in Covid death reporting in NZ
and to the WHO, Could the WHO criteria also lead to a positive bias if it
is different?

Due to the nature of the growing list of adverse events from the vaccine,
is it possible many of these will be difficult to determine that they have
come from the vaccine and this could lead to negative bias in adverse
event reporting?

Considering the CRAM system and any other adverse reporting system in the
world is essentially a customer complaint system (typically complaints are
the tip of the iceberg in these sort of systems) is it possible this could
lead to under reporting and a negative bias in vaccine adverse event
reports?

Under the current criteria could a vaccine adverse event resulting in
death (for say a heart attack or stroke) end up being classified as a
Covid death if the patient also tested positive for Covid while
simultaneously not being reported as an adverse vaccine event?

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death?

If the criteria is not the same could this lead to bias that would
indicate the vaccine is less risky than the illness from Covid?

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED)
develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid
deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias?

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to
inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an
increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk?

If the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission or infection how does a mandate
help?

If the Vaccine is 95% effective at preventing serious illness why are the
statistics not reflecting this (In NZ and the World)? 5% of 80 is 4%
therefore only 4% of Covid ICU admissions and deaths should be vaccinated
people in NZ?

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems
since the large scale vaccine roll out?

What are the all cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination
status in NZ?

What is the cycle count used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
in NZ?

What is the current cycle count recommendation for the PCR test from the
WHO?

Has this PCR cycle count changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO
advice and if so when did this happen for both?

Could this lead to false positives and positive bias in case numbers?

If someone tests positive via a PCR test but is “Asymptomatic” and never
develops symptoms is this truly indicative of disease?

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the
age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?

If 5-11 year olds get the approval to be allowed to be vaccinated would
this change the government’s stance on teacher vaccine mandates?

Could some of the above bias indicate that the current emergency
legislation is an overreaction?

Could some of the above bias indicate that the severity of Covid is vastly
overstated?

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for
prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ?

If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of
these pharmacologically active substances?

Is the government looking into Paxlovid for early treatment of Covid
considering its resounding success in early trials?

Are you aware of the close structure activity relationship of Paxlovid to
Ivermectin?

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial
recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ?

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is
this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it
because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require
mechanical ventilation to breath in and out?

Would oxygen be a good choice rather than a ventilator if a patient can
still breath on their own?

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the
risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs?

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for
Covid?

If so is it possible this could increase the risk of death?

In the first outbreak in 2020 is it possible that ventilator use coupled
with sedation could have contributed to morbidity?

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese,
would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy
with no long term safety data?

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while
pregnant in NZ?

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in
NZ?

Will the government be monitoring real world miscarriage and still birth
rates and or baby deformities in pregnant people that have been vaccinated
while or shortly before pregnancy vs those who have not been vaccinated in
NZ?”

 

Please be advised that due dates for requests received from 29 November
2021 onwards take into account the following periods:

 

Christmas (25 December 2021)

Summer Holidays (25 December to 15 January)

New Year's Day (1 January 2022)

Day after News Year's Day (2 January 2022)

 

Your request has been logged and you can expect a reply no later than 18
January 2022 as required under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

 

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Kia ora Mathew Ultee,
On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you
for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). You
have requested:

 

“I would appreciate any or all of your opinions on the below questions
please. If you can’t answer any of these questions feel free to say so as
some of this information may not be available, or it is outside the realms
of your responsibility, or it is too soon for it to be relevant. If
another ministry or official can answer any question that you cant please
answer in part respond and pass on my request please.

 

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to
instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?

 

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in
NZ?

 

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what
is the WHO criteria?

 

Could this criteria lead to a positive bias in Covid death reporting in NZ
and to the WHO, Could the WHO criteria also lead to a positive bias if it
is different?

 

Due to the nature of the growing list of adverse events from the vaccine,
is it possible many of these will be difficult to determine that they have
come from the vaccine and this could lead to negative bias in adverse
event reporting?

 

Considering the CRAM system and any other adverse reporting system in the
world is essentially a customer complaint system (typically complaints are
the tip of the iceberg in these sort of systems) is it possible this could
lead to under reporting and a negative bias in vaccine adverse event
reports?

 

Under the current criteria could a vaccine adverse event resulting in
death (for say a heart attack or stroke) end up being classified as a
Covid death if the patient also tested positive for Covid while
simultaneously not being reported as an adverse vaccine event?

 

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death?

 

If the criteria is not the same could this lead to bias that would
indicate the vaccine is less risky than the illness from Covid?

 

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED)
develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid
deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias?

 

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to
inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an
increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk?

 

If the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission or infection how does a mandate
help?

 

If the Vaccine is 95% effective at preventing serious illness why are the
statistics not reflecting this (In NZ and the World)? 5% of 80 is 4%
therefore only 4% of Covid ICU admissions and deaths should be vaccinated
people in NZ?

 

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems
since the large scale vaccine roll out?

 

What are the all cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination
status in NZ?

 

What is the cycle count used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
in NZ?

 

What is the current cycle count recommendation for the PCR test from the
WHO?

 

Has this PCR cycle count changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO
advice and if so when did this happen for both?

 

Could this lead to false positives and positive bias in case numbers?

 

If someone tests positive via a PCR test but is “Asymptomatic” and never
develops symptoms is this truly indicative of disease?

 

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the
age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?

 

If 5-11 year olds get the approval to be allowed to be vaccinated would
this change the government’s stance on teacher vaccine mandates?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the current emergency
legislation is an overreaction?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the severity of Covid is vastly
overstated?

 

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for
prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ?

 

If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of
these pharmacologically active substances?

 

Is the government looking into Paxlovid for early treatment of Covid
considering its resounding success in early trials?

 

Are you aware of the close structure activity relationship of Paxlovid to
Ivermectin?

 

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial
recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ?

 

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is
this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it
because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require
mechanical ventilation to breath in and out?

 

Would oxygen be a good choice rather than a ventilator if a patient can
still breath on their own?

 

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the
risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs?

 

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for
Covid?

 

If so is it possible this could increase the risk of death?

 

In the first outbreak in 2020 is it possible that ventilator use coupled
with sedation could have contributed to morbidity?

 

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese,
would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy
with no long term safety data?

 

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while
pregnant in NZ?

 

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in
NZ?

 

Will the government be monitoring real world miscarriage and still birth
rates and or baby deformities in pregnant people that have been vaccinated
while or shortly before pregnancy vs those who have not been vaccinated in
NZ?”

This information appears to be more closely associated with the functions
and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am
transferring your request to the Ministry under section 14(b)(ii) of the
Act. You can expect a response from the Ministry of Health in due course.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review this decision to transfer your request for information.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Ngâ mihi

 

[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D7B3B9.BED43960 Yuuki
Smithers |
(Acting)
Health
Private
Secretary

Office of
Hon Chris
Hipkins   

Minister
for
COVID-19
Response |
Minister
of
Education
| Minister
for the
Public
Service |
Leader of
the House

Parliament
Buildings,
Private
Bag 18041,
Wellington
6160, New
Zealand

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Kia ora Mathew

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202117008.

 

Please be advised that due dates for requests received from 29 November
2021 onwards take into account the following periods:

 

Christmas (25 December 2021)

Summer Holidays (25 December to 15 January)

New Year's Day (1 January 2022)

Day after News Year's Day (2 January 2022)

 

Your request has been logged and you can expect a reply no later than 21
January 2022 as required under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. If
we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we will
notify you of an extension of that time frame.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

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From: Yuuki Smithers <[email address]>
Sent: Friday, 3 December 2021 9:48 am
To: [FOI #17713 email]
Subject: FW: Official Information request - transfer to Ministry of Health

 

Kia ora Mathew Ultee,
On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you
for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). You
have requested:

 

“I would appreciate any or all of your opinions on the below questions
please. If you can’t answer any of these questions feel free to say so as
some of this information may not be available, or it is outside the realms
of your responsibility, or it is too soon for it to be relevant. If
another ministry or official can answer any question that you cant please
answer in part respond and pass on my request please.

 

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to
instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?

 

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in
NZ?

 

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what
is the WHO criteria?

 

Could this criteria lead to a positive bias in Covid death reporting in NZ
and to the WHO, Could the WHO criteria also lead to a positive bias if it
is different?

 

Due to the nature of the growing list of adverse events from the vaccine,
is it possible many of these will be difficult to determine that they have
come from the vaccine and this could lead to negative bias in adverse
event reporting?

 

Considering the CRAM system and any other adverse reporting system in the
world is essentially a customer complaint system (typically complaints are
the tip of the iceberg in these sort of systems) is it possible this could
lead to under reporting and a negative bias in vaccine adverse event
reports?

 

Under the current criteria could a vaccine adverse event resulting in
death (for say a heart attack or stroke) end up being classified as a
Covid death if the patient also tested positive for Covid while
simultaneously not being reported as an adverse vaccine event?

 

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death?

 

If the criteria is not the same could this lead to bias that would
indicate the vaccine is less risky than the illness from Covid?

 

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED)
develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid
deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias?

 

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to
inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an
increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk?

 

If the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission or infection how does a mandate
help?

 

If the Vaccine is 95% effective at preventing serious illness why are the
statistics not reflecting this (In NZ and the World)? 5% of 80 is 4%
therefore only 4% of Covid ICU admissions and deaths should be vaccinated
people in NZ?

 

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems
since the large scale vaccine roll out?

 

What are the all cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination
status in NZ?

 

What is the cycle count used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
in NZ?

 

What is the current cycle count recommendation for the PCR test from the
WHO?

 

Has this PCR cycle count changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO
advice and if so when did this happen for both?

 

Could this lead to false positives and positive bias in case numbers?

 

If someone tests positive via a PCR test but is “Asymptomatic” and never
develops symptoms is this truly indicative of disease?

 

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the
age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?

 

If 5-11 year olds get the approval to be allowed to be vaccinated would
this change the government’s stance on teacher vaccine mandates?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the current emergency
legislation is an overreaction?

 

Could some of the above bias indicate that the severity of Covid is vastly
overstated?

 

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for
prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ?

 

If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of
these pharmacologically active substances?

 

Is the government looking into Paxlovid for early treatment of Covid
considering its resounding success in early trials?

 

Are you aware of the close structure activity relationship of Paxlovid to
Ivermectin?

 

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial
recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ?

 

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is
this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it
because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require
mechanical ventilation to breath in and out?

 

Would oxygen be a good choice rather than a ventilator if a patient can
still breath on their own?

 

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the
risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs?

 

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for
Covid?

 

If so is it possible this could increase the risk of death?

 

In the first outbreak in 2020 is it possible that ventilator use coupled
with sedation could have contributed to morbidity?

 

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese,
would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy
with no long term safety data?

 

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while
pregnant in NZ?

 

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in
NZ?

 

Will the government be monitoring real world miscarriage and still birth
rates and or baby deformities in pregnant people that have been vaccinated
while or shortly before pregnancy vs those who have not been vaccinated in
NZ?”

This information appears to be more closely associated with the functions
and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am
transferring your request to the Ministry under section 14(b)(ii) of the
Act. You can expect a response from the Ministry of Health in due course.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review this decision to transfer your request for information.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Ngā mihi

 

Yuuki Smithers | (Acting) Health Private Secretary

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins   

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Service | Leader of the House

Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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Kia ora Mathew,

 

Please find attached a response to your official information act request

 

Ngā mihi 

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

 

 

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From: Mathew Ultee

Dear OIA Requests,

I have submitted a request to the ombudsman to get answers some of my direct requests for information that were not provided: see below

While some of the questions don’t need to be answered under OIA (most are yes or no but no one will respond to emails as my guess is it will politically damaging) many of the questions should have been. I’m not 100% on the OIA, I guess they don’t have to answer yes or no questions? you tell me. A we don’t have this information would also be fine as this will also tell me a lot about whether they are asleep or awake at the wheel.

https://fyi.org.nz/request/17713-questio...

in particular most of these should have been meet with a direct response? whether it is we don’t have that information or otherwise.

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated? (this is a direct legal question C. Hipkins should of been able to answer my daughter faced this exact discrimination at her school)

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in NZ? (Should be a simple answer my guess is XX days after a positive test)

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what is the WHO criteria? (We are reporting our deaths to the WHO under their criteria as well?)

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death? (This is pretty simple I want to hear this answer from an official …. No)

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED) develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias? (they knew this was a risk at the start so =they should have a risk assemssent and controls, as polices are based on stats and if the stats are bias they need to consider this and mitigate it?)

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk? (a known risk shouldn’t there be a plan in place?)

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems since the large scale vaccine roll out? (has there been an increase shouldn’t we be monitoring this if we are rolling out emergency use provisional medical treatment on mass with this as a known side effect risk vs benefit?)

What are the all-cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination status in NZ? (I didn’t give a time period (last 3 years to date would be sensible) but shouldn’t they be all over this if we are rolling out emergency use provisional medical treatment on mass?)

What is the cycle count (CT) used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in NZ?

What is the current cycle count (CT) recommendation for the PCR test from the WHO?

Has this PCR cycle count (CT) changed during the pandemic in NZ or from the WHO advice and if so when did this happen for both?

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools? (these risk assessments should have been done if we are rolling out emergency use provisional medical treatment on mass?)

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ? If not, why not. Considering the therapeutic index and relative safety of these pharmacologically active substances?

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ? (MOH may not know this but I would suspect someone should be able to find out?)

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require mechanical ventilation to breath in and out? (this should be MOH policy or advice?)

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs? (this is a direct question that C.Hipkins or the MOH should be all over?)

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for Covid? (I guess they might not have to answer this but should this be straight forward)

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese, would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy with no long term safety data? (they should have risk assessments on this sort of stuff if its public health advice?)

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while pregnant in NZ? (I wasn’t specific but annually or over a period or a periodic average would have been fine)

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in NZ? (this is fairly generic but any period or avg would be fine)

Yours sincerely,

Mathew Ultee

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act (the Act) request. This is
an automatic reply to let you know we received it.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. We
will endeavour to acknowledge your request as soon as possible. Further
information about COVID-19 can be found on our
website: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

Please be advised that due dates for requests received from 29 November
2021 onwards take into account the following periods:

 

Christmas (25 December 2021)

Summer Holidays (25 December to 15 January)

New Year's Day (1 January 2022)

Day after News Year's Day (2 January 2022)

 

If you'd like to calculate the due date for your request, you can use the
Ombudsman's online calculator here: [2]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

If you have any questions while we're processing your request, please let
us know via [3][email address]

 

Ngā mihi  

OIA Services Team  

   

[4]Ministry of Health information releases  

[5]Unite against COVID-19 

 

 

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Tçnâ koe Mathew, 
The Ministry has nothing further to add to the response sent to your
request on 10 December. As you have already been advised, under section
28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review any
decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be contacted by email
at: [email address] or by calling 0800 802 602.
Ngâ mihi, 
OIA Services 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: Mathew Ultee <[FOI #17713 email]>
Sent: Friday, 10 December 2021 15:15
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Your request for official information (ref:H202116914)
 
Dear OIA Requests,

I have submitted a request to the ombudsman to get answers some of my
direct requests for information that were not provided: see below

While some of the questions don’t need to be answered under OIA (most are
yes or no but no one will respond to emails as my guess is it will
politically damaging) many of the questions should have been. I’m not 100%
on the OIA, I guess they don’t have to answer yes or no questions? you
tell me. A we don’t have this information would also be fine as this will
also tell me a lot about whether they are asleep or awake at the wheel.

[1]https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=15517&...

in particular most of these should have been meet with a direct response?
whether it is we don’t have that information or otherwise.

If a secondary school child as part of their education is required to
instruct a primary school child would they be required to be vaccinated?
(this is a direct legal question C. Hipkins should of been able to answer
my daughter faced this exact discrimination at her school)

What is the current criteria used to determine a Covid-19 (Covid) death in
NZ? (Should be a simple answer my guess is XX days after a positive test)

Is this the same as the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and what
is the WHO criteria? (We are reporting our deaths to the WHO under their
criteria as well?)

Is the same criteria for a vaccine death similar to a Covid death? (This
is pretty simple I want to hear this answer from an official …. No)

If the potential risk of Vaccine-associated enhanced disease (VAED)
develops what controls are in place to stop these being reported as Covid
deaths and cases, thus further increasing reporting bias? (they knew this
was a risk at the start so =they should have a risk assemssent and
controls, as polices are based on stats and if the stats are bias they
need to consider this and mitigate it?)

The Covid spike protein and fragments thereof have recently been shown to
inhibit DNA repair mechanisms significantly, this could lead to an
increase in cancer, how is the government going to monitor this risk? (a
known risk shouldn’t there be a plan in place?)

Has there been an increase in cardo vascular events in the health systems
since the large scale vaccine roll out? (has there been an increase
shouldn’t we be monitoring this if we are rolling out emergency use
provisional medical treatment on mass with this as a known side effect
risk vs benefit?)

What are the all-cause mortality statistics based on age and vaccination
status in NZ? (I didn’t give a time period (last 3 years to date would be
sensible) but shouldn’t they be all over this if we are rolling out
emergency use provisional medical treatment on mass?)

What is the cycle count (CT) used in the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
test in NZ?

What is the current cycle count (CT) recommendation for the PCR test from
the WHO?

Has this PCR cycle count (CT) changed during the pandemic in NZ or from
the WHO advice and if so when did this happen for both?

What are the risks of death and serious illness (ICU admission) for the
age groups of children in ECE, primary and secondary schools?  (these risk
assessments should have been done if we are rolling out emergency use
provisional medical treatment on mass?)

Are doctors allowed to prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for
prophylactic treatment of Covid in NZ? If not, why not. Considering the
therapeutic index and relative safety of these pharmacologically active
substances?

Has anyone in NZ treated the rapid decline in lung function after initial
recovery as a form of pneumonitis in NZ? (MOH may not know this but I
would suspect someone should be able to find out?)

Why are ventilators used to treat Covid breathing complications in NZ is
this to prevent spreading infection in the medical setting or is it
because the patients lungs don’t physically function and require
mechanical ventilation to breath in and out? (this should be MOH policy or
advice?)

Does the increase in time that a patient is on a ventilator increase the
risks of death via infection or physical damage to lungs? (this is a
direct question that C.Hipkins or the MOH should be all over?)

Do you have to be sedated when placed on a mechanical ventilator for
Covid? (I guess they might not have to answer this but should this be
straight forward)

Current health advice for pregnant women is to not eat camembert cheese,
would you consider this a higher risk than an experimental RNA therapy
with no long term safety data? (they should have risk assessments on this
sort of stuff if its public health advice?)

How many adverse outcomes are there from eating camembert cheese while
pregnant in NZ? (I wasn’t specific but annually or over a period or a
periodic average would have been fine)

How often does camembert cheese cause illness in the general population in
NZ? (this is fairly generic but any period or avg would be fine)

Yours sincerely,

Mathew Ultee

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