by Kyle Becker, Becker News:
The New England Journal of Medicine is sounding the alarms that the nation’s botched Covid-19 “vaccine” rollout is causing Americans to lose confidence in all vaccines.
A group of doctors alerted the journal about the concerning trend in a letter to the editor that was published on Wednesday.
“The polarizing nature of vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) within the United States threatens public health and has contributed to variable statewide vaccine uptake that ranged from 50 to 80% as of January 2022,” the doctors noted. “Given the divided national landscape and anecdotal evidence from our own patients, we hypothesized that low Covid-19 vaccination rates would be associated with decreases in influenza vaccination rates.”
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“Using nationally representative data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we calculated changes in influenza vaccine uptake at the state-population level during the pandemic after Covid-19 vaccines became widely available (September 2021 through January 2022) relative to before the pandemic (September 2019 through January 2020),” the doctors added. “To account for pandemic-related factors unrelated to Covid-19 vaccines that might affect changes in influenza vaccine uptake (e.g., worsening inequities in access to care or employment), we also compared September 2020 through January 2021 (the first influenza season during the pandemic but before widespread Covid-19 vaccine availability) to before the pandemic.”
“We stratified changes in influenza vaccine uptake according to quartile of state-level cumulative Covid-19 vaccine uptake through January 2022,” the doctors continued. “We used mixed-effects linear regressions (difference-in-differences analyses) to examine whether changes in influenza vaccine uptake during influenza seasons before as compared with during the pandemic differed between states with high as compared with low Covid-19 vaccine uptake. Details and sensitivity analyses are provided in the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this letter at NEJM.org.”
“Influenza vaccine uptake remained relatively stable during the first influenza season of the pandemic,” the letter notes. “In contrast, after Covid-19 vaccines became widely available (2021–2022 season), adult influenza vaccine uptake decreased within states in the bottom two quartiles of Covid-19 vaccine uptake and increased within states in the top two quartiles.
“Differences between each quartile in the 2021–2022 season as compared with the 2019–2020 season are shown in Table S2,” they add. “The sensitivity analysis comparing the 2020–2021 season with the 2019–2020 season showed that influenza vaccine uptake was stable before widespread Covid-19 vaccine availability, which suggests that other pandemic-related effects such as changes in access to care were unlikely to have affected influenza vaccine uptake. During the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 influenza seasons, influenza vaccine uptake decreased uniformly among children but remained stable among older adults, regardless of Covid-19 vaccine uptake.”