Retired Bobby Wayne, suffering from prostate cancer and leukemia, spent a week in Mississippi calling health agencies around his county to try to find out where the Kovid-19 vaccine is.
But, when 64-year-old Mr. Wayne phoned the state’s hotline on Monday, he said that an operator, whose job was to help residents with vaccine appointments, gave him unnecessary and inaccurate information.
“This is the way he put it before me: They had no documentation that the vaccine was effective,” Mr. Wayne said. “And then he asked me if I still wanted to take it.”
When they told him “yes”, the operator replied that there were no appointments available and they should call again the next morning.
The confusion was the result of “miscommunication” on a misleading script, given to hotline operators, according to the State Department of Health Services.
The script referred to pregnant women, lactating women, and people with compromised immune systems.
It asked: “Do you still want to be vaccinated with an understanding, currently there is no available data on the safety or effectiveness of the Kovid-19 vaccine, including the modern Kovid-19 vaccine, in pregnant people, breast-feeding. People, or immunological people? “
Most experts agree The risks to pregnant women from Kovid-19 outweigh any theoretical disadvantages of vaccines. Doctors have said that they believe that vaccines are safe for people with autoimmune conditions.
A spokeswoman for the Mississippi State Department of Health, Liz Charlotte, said that the words in the script “when read out of context” can be confusing.
“We are replacing this misleading and deceptive language,” she said in a statement
However, Ms. Charlotte said the operators were never told that there is any modern evidence that the modern vaccine or any vaccine authorized for use by the Food and Drug Administration works.
“Just the opposite is true,” he said. “Both Modern and Pfizer have high efficacy rates.”
Ms. Charlotte said, “I think the gentleman misunderstood.”
Mr. Wayne said that he understood completely.
“I’m not confused at all,” he said. “I may be 64 years old and disabled, but my brain is still working and I have ears too.”
Mr Wayne said that thinking that it was uncertain to call people for information about vaccinating could be discouraged by many who are there to help them get shot.
He said, “I wouldn’t want anyone else to get through this.”
According to a New York Times database, Mississippi has given at least one dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine to 22 percent of its population, It is placed between states that have slow rollout.. Just over 12 percent of state residents have been fully vaccinated.
Mr. Wayne’s daughter, Elizabeth Wayne, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Complained on twitter About her father’s conversation with the state’s hotline operator and called it “violence”.
“It’s dangerous,” Dr. Said Wayne. “There is a therapy available. There is a way to treat some, and you are making it difficult for them to access that treatment, so there is an increased chance that you may be ill. “
Mississippi free press Story reported Dr. Wayne wrote about his father’s experience on Twitter.
Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs III, State Health Officer, Responded to his post on Twitter, Sharing a link to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed the modern vaccine was 94.1 percent effective at stopping Kovid-19 and that “no safety concerns were identified.”
Dr. Wayne said he is pleased that the health department takes his concerns and his father seriously.
“I think it was a very good example of the state health department, because they really want to restore trust.”
Mr Wayne said he took his shot on Wednesday morning.
“I feel completely better,” he said.