By: Devika Kandelwal
September 17 2021
There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination is a money-making exercise for doctors.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination is a money-making exercise for doctors.The Daily Expose, a conspiracy news site, published an article on September 14, 2021, titled, "13 reasons why you should not allow your child to get the COVID-19 Vaccine." One of the claims it made was that "GP’s were already being incentivized to inject the adult population with the COVID-19 vaccine," implying that GPs are making huge profits. The Daily Expose is using this to imply that COVID-19 vaccines are nothing more than a money-making scheme, which is why medical regulators are authorizing their use. While it is true that GPs across the U.K. are being paid to innoculate the jab, the fee is extremely small. This is not so they can pocket huge profits. It is because "general practices operate as small businesses, and the funding is available to ensure they can afford to offer the vaccination service to their patients." NHS England and the British Medical Association’s general practitioners committee introduced a deal to see general practices will receive £12.58 per COVID-19 vaccination in December 2020. Additionally, the NHS announced in February 2021 that GPs who visit those who cannot leave home to ensure that they are also protected would receive an additional £10 on top of the standard vaccination fee for every housebound person they vaccinate. Subsequently, the NHS announced that "a further supplement of £10 can be claimed per vaccination dose to eligible children and young people aged 12-15 (cohort 13). Only one £10 supplement per vaccination is claimable." However, providing money supplements is a general practice that has been followed for decades and is provided by the NHS to general practices for delivering any enhanced services. According to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), "general practices are normally paid £10.06 to administer a flu vaccine. This fee is increased by 25 percent for the COVID-19 vaccine due to “extra training, post-vaccine observation, and other associated costs”. The BMJ article quotes from an NHS England letter outlining the proposal that was sent to general practice teams on November 9." Moreover, the Daily Expose article claims that Bill Gates is the primary funder of the MHRA & owns major shares in both Pfizer & BioNTech. The article also questions that MHRA's intention behind authorizing the jab for use in children and claim that the intention of making profits drives it. However, we have fact checked this claim before, and we found that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been investing in big pharmaceutical companies or buying shares for decades now. Its investment in BioNTech or the MHRA is unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.