Column: Dr Ewart Brown On Getting Vaccinated

October 5, 2021

[Column written by Dr Ewart Brown]

Please, Please, Please, Please…

I am not one who typically begs, but extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. 38 people died in Bermuda during the month of September. Our morgue is overwhelmed, such that our dead are being kept in makeshift freezers. Millions have died from Covid 19 around the world.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As a doctor, a fellow Bermudian, your former premier, your former doctor, neighbor, friend, acquaintance, stranger, I implore all in Bermuda to get vaccinated. I ask you to do no more than I and my wife have done. I was on a radio program in Bermuda on Thursday, January 7, 2021, when vaccinations had only recently become available.

I announced that we were scheduled to get our first doses the very next day. I said facetiously that I had never had problems with patients trusting another Pfizer medicine we doctors prescribe all the time, which has been known to produce side effects — the little blue pill called Viagra.

As of this past Tuesday, September 28, my wife and I just received our 3rd jabs. We believe in the science. We believe in the scientists and the physicians who know more than we do, who have studied far more than we have — those same scientists and physicians who tell us it is okay to take aspirin, penicillin, blood pressure medicines, birth control pills and painkillers. They are the same folks who save our lives when we are unconscious because of accidents, or medical emergencies which threaten our very existence. These people are the reason we no longer have smallpox and polio wreaking havoc on our lives.

Why are we questioning them now? Why not take the vaccine?

Personally, I took the vaccine because I do not want to die from Covid. I do not want to become gravely ill and drain resources from health care systems because of this virus. I do not want long-term Covid, and to experience brain fog, or to have my mobility and sense of wellness, smell or taste compromised indefinitely. But, more than any of that, I do not want to catch this virus and give it to someone else — or to give it to someone I love. I cannot bear the thought of unwittingly giving Covid to my wife, or my children or my grandchildren. God forbid!

I took the vaccine because this is a war. I am a warrior. I did the only bit part that medical science and my conscience told me I could do to rid the globe of this deadly contagion. I took 3 for the team, for me and my family, for the world, for Bermuda.

- Dr. Ewart F. Brown is the former Premier of Bermuda, a physician & Executive Chair, Bermuda HealthCare Services/Brown-Darrell Clinic

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  1. So true says:

    This is a war. Thank you for being part of the physicians who speak up. We don’t have time to keep this fear going. Get vaccinated everyone if you can. I’ve not seen one interview or video of someone at their death bed saying I’m glad I didn’t get the vaccine. They’re saying they wish they got vaccinated and encouraging others to get vaccinated. We take all sorts of prescription meds with side effects with no questions. Chemo , epidurals whatever but not the vax. Come on Bermuda, let’s do what we have to do to survive this.

    • I, me, my says:

      All this guy says is “I this”, “look at me” never about the other guy! Arrogant to a fault!

  2. Proven says:

    The Dr. is a lot late! In 50 years most people his age will be dead anyway. Don’t stress.

  3. Baygrapes says:

    THREE shots??!! How did he manage three shots or is this only F&F?

    • Karl Weber says:

      Doc Brown took the standard two doses of Pfizer followed months later by a booster shot. I did the same and I’m so glad I did.

  4. puzzled says:

    I was never a fan of Dr. Brown but I agree with him 100% on this.

  5. Loquat tree says:

    Good for you for referencing Pfizer as the manufacturer of Viagra!
    If you trust them with the ‘crown jewels’, why not with the rest of your body for Covid?
    I believe I read that long covid can affect virility.