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Ask the Experts: Covid Vaccine


This afternoon I joined a Webinar on the Covid vaccines run by by Prof. Tim Spector of the Zoe Project. He was joined by Prof. Peter Openshaw, a virus expert and the Director of the Human Challenge Consortium (HIC-Vac) at Imperial College London.

Interestingly enough they talked about those with immuno- suppressed systems. They mentioned that it is thought that some of the medication people are taking to cause the immuno-suppression may in fact be a help and protect us a bit against the virus. This has not been confirmed as such, it is just suspected.

The talk will be on YouTube later in the week.

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DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer

Yes I watched it as well - and thought that was an interesting point.

That’s Really Very Interesting......


I watched it too and they mentioned that the Oxford vaccine was a live vaccine. There's often chat on here about the live shingles vaccine being a bad idea. Does anyone know whether it is specifically the live shingles or any live vaccine?

Kendrew in reply to Lovebikes

I know that I've heard before that live vaccines are not considered for people with suppressed immune systems, yet Prof Openshaw definitely intimated at one point that the live version of covid vaccine would most probably be ok for people with moderate immuno- suppression but not severe! Not sure how he would define either though! More informed people will be able to explain that for us I'm sure.

PMRproAmbassador in reply to Lovebikes

It is live vaccines of any sort - but most authorities say that a moderate dose of pred can be compatible with use of a live vaccine. That usually means below 20mg pred but it depends.

I had read that none of the vaccines were live but I won't argue with TIM - I do suspect though that the "live" aspect is because they use a virus that causes a cold in chimpanzees and IT is live but engineered to stop it infecting humans so it can be used as a transport medium. Then they add bits to look the same as the Covid-19 ...

How interesting.

Interesting, I'll have to watch on YouTube when it appears. I wasn't able to watch it yesterday as I was listening to Professor Dasgupta's webinar, which was also interesting, particularly if you compared his recommendations to the information and reality of the users of this forum.

Kendrew in reply to Bcol

Where did you hear about Prof Dasguptas webinar please? I had notification of a previous one, but somehow missed this one!

Bcol in reply to Kendrew

Hi Kendrew. It was on here I think, it is one of a series he is doing, I'll see if I can find the link.

I too missed the announcement about the talk. Does anyone know if others are planned and if they were recorded?

The one yesterday was as free but the others will be £50 each. They were aimed at Medics but the Prof was happy for anyone with an Interest in PMR to join.

Fran did post on here about it also.

If you want to message me with your email I'll forward you all the dates

This should be the link to yesterdays slides. Peter

Thus should be the link to the rest of the webinars. Peter

PMRproAmbassador in reply to Bcol

Currently at the bargain price of £50 a throw! Yesterday's was a free taster - there is a maximum of 100 places, under 50 turned up for it.

Bcol in reply to PMRpro

Indeed, suspect I won't be attending the paid ones. I wonder if he gets paid or if the entry fees go to a suitable charity - probably a very simple question!!!

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to Bcol

Bet you don't get a simple answer!

Bcol in reply to Bcol

Ha. Just re-read what I said, meant to say "probably a very stupid question!!!"

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to PMRpro


Is there a link I missed???

Lovebikes in reply to yogabonnie

I heard about the Covid vaccine talk through the Covid-19 symptom tracker app that I complete each day. Its run through Imperial College/ Zoe. They do regular updates on the findings of the app and also other Covid related topics like this. You can download the app from or phone app store

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to Lovebikes

Symptom study is UK based, yogabonnie lives in US - but she will be able to see discussion on YouTube, although not sure if she will be able to access zoe site.

I thought this was an interesting and straightforward article about the fears surrounding the new COVID vaccines.

"No one should be forced to have the vaccine, but there is nothing to fear from getting it, writes Professor BRENDAN WREN...!

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer

link to ask the experts - hopefully works

Works fine for me in Canada. Thank you.

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to readingbooks


headgirl in reply to DorsetLady

Thank you DorsetLady, works fine for me and is really interesting.

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to headgirl


jayemmemm in reply to DorsetLady

Thank you; worked perfectly. An authoritative and reassuring discussion which I will share with all my contacts.

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to jayemmemm


I was registered for that but something happened so I was really late into it and only got the 2nd half. I’d love to be able to see it from the start in u tube. Do you know exactly when next week it might be available? Thanks 😊

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to Lookingforideas

if you mean the covid one look above

watched it on You Tube just now! Hope this is all true and hope it is Prednisone! yea! cannot WAIT to get that vaccine...pushing babies and old people out of my way. haha

piglette in reply to yogabonnie

Will you get the vaccine for free in the US?

yogabonnie in reply to piglette

yes. as far as I know. I have good health insurance so I needn't worry ... but I CERTAINLY hope it is free for everyone I think it will be. And hopefully better healthcare for all!

DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer

Already done

So reading the data so far, are we saying that with RA in simple terms most of the vaccines work on attacking the T cells and as we have low B cells and if you are on Toficitinab or the like, that we do have a little protection now and that this may not work for us? It is very confusing. Also which is not a live Covid - 19 vaccine?

PMRproAmbassador in reply to Teatrees

NONE of the Covid vaccines are live. One is live in that to transport the vaccine into the body they use an inactivated virus which causes a cold in chimpanzees but which has been manipulated so it cannot cause disease in humans. The mRNA vaccines have had no virus anywhere near them - they are synthetic models of the spike protein so the immune system learns to recognise that and respond.

Teatrees in reply to PMRpro

Thank you for your reply. That is very good news as my RA consultant again reiterated, I must NOT have a live vaccine and I have another friend who is the same.

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