This blogger is making a big mistake by refusing to get avaccine.
Gary Leff on 3. April 2021.
On the travel blog The Gate, Brian Cohen said he would not get the Covid-19 vaccine. I want to take his arguments seriously, because the indecisiveness about the vaccine – even if it is still decreasing – remains one of the biggest obstacles to ending the pandemic.
Cohen says he doesn’t need a vaccine and doesn’t want virtue signaling. And he’s in trouble. He says he’s not entirely convinced of its effectiveness because he knows the side effects that can occur in the short and long term.
After all, he says, no vaccine guarantees 100% effectiveness for 100% of people, and side effects can be significant in some circumstances.
There are many reasons why this is not true.
- These vaccines are highly effective, not only according to experimental data, but also in the real world . If we are talking about 95% efficacy (Pfizer-BioNTech phase 3 trials) for symptoms only, then vaccines are even more effective against serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths – things we are concerned about. Pfizer announces a 97% performance in Israel.
- These vaccines protect others, not just themselves Pfizer reports 94% efficacy against asymptomatic cases (i.e. there is a good chance someone is a silent carrier spreading the virus). The CDC has found Pfizer and Moderna to be 90% effective against asymptomatic infections. The mortality rate of people diagnosed with Covid-19 over the age of 80 years is about 15%. Because vaccines reduce the chance of spreading the virus, vaccination prevents the grandmother from being killed.
You could say that, but older people need to be vaccinated to be protected, but vaccines are also less effective for people taking certain medications for other diseases. And this is a travel blogger, remember the availability of vaccines in the US is much greater than in other countries, 80 year olds in many countries around the world have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated.
- Contra Bryan, we know the short term side effects. For mRNA vaccines, the risk of anaphylaxis due to allergy to the lipid nanoparticles used to deliver the mRNA is approximately 1 in 100,000. And because the risk is known, vaccinated patients do not leave immediately after vaccination, and those providing the doses have medications on hand to counteract the effects. The most common side effect is pain at the injection site, but some people also experience headache, fatigue, and chills, especially with Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines after the second injection (unless they have already taken Covid-19, in which case the side effect is more common after the first injection). They usually dissolve within 24 to 48 hours.
- The risks of the vaccine should be compared with those of Covid-19. Even the rare blood clots attributable to AstraZeneca’s vaccines – which are not licensed in the U.S. but are licensed in more than 70 countries – are treatable and generally worth the cost, given their effectiveness against Covid-19, especially in terms of hospitalizations and deaths. Nearly one in 500 Americans has already died from Covid-19, and that number is rising. And death isn’t the only bad outcome, a stay in the hospital is miserable, as is two weeks of a terrible flu. Although there are risks associated with vaccines, there are greater risks that vaccines protect against.
- Vaccination against thevirus reduces the risk ofmutations. Covid-19, like all viruses, mutates in the human host. The more potential hosts there are, the more chance of mutation. If you have not been vaccinated, you are more likely to get the virus and for the virus to mutate in a way that makes it more contagious, lead to more serious illness and possibly prevent vaccination. Do you really want to risk moral guilt like the guy who ate the bat first? (I know, I know, it probably wasn’t a direct transfer from bat to human).
- Brian sets an impossible standard. We didn’t follow the subjects for 20 years, so by definition we can’t say what happens 20 years after vaccination based on empirical data. But we understand the science of vaccines – viral vector vaccines deliver the spike protein, mRNA vaccines tell the body to produce it – the body fights it and then disappears. We also have evidence of safety from more than 600 million doses of vaccine administered worldwide. Never in the history of mankind has a vaccination campaign been so closely watched. The subjects were subjected to a thorough examination. Did you know that one of the participants in the phase 3 trial with Moderna was struck by lightning and that this incident had to be ruled out because it was not due to the vaccine?
Bryan writes that he has received other vaccines, including vaccines that do not provide 100% protection, and against risks much more remote than severe Covid infection. He says he doesn’t like virtue, but it seems he does so precisely to make himself immune to what is now a very real risk. That’s disappointing.
Thank God we had access to these vaccines. Holding the vaccine in your hand, less than a year after the virus was first transmitted from human to human, is like landing on the moon for the first time. We all owe a lot to the life sciences. And now Pfizer is even prepared to apply for full FDA approval, which is great because it removes the misleading idea that vaccines are not fully approved…,
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