To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

Having talked to a lot of students, there seems to be a lot of  beliefs that the vaccines are not safe or for some reason they don’t need them. Here’s hoping that even if you have already taken it or plan to that you will read on.

Why should you take it?

Did you like your life before the pandemic? When you could go out with friends, go wherever you wanted, didn’t have to worry about social distancing and masks? The only way to get there fast is through the vaccine.

People who are fully vaccinated can now go maskless and not worry about being infected. There’s a lot of joy to be able to sing without a mask, being able to hold hands without worrying about contamination.

You can be the difference in how fast we get back to normal.

Anti-vaxxers

These are the people who don’t believe in vaccines for any reasons. One can’t argue with them so move on.

Those who have listened to the conspiracies.

The vaccine hasn’t been tested for as long as it should have been.
These people haven’t done their homework.

In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Operation Warp Speed as an effort to support pharmaceutical companies in developing vaccine candidates for the coronavirus.

The program’s goal was to distribute safe and effective vaccines to Americans by January 2021.  It succeeded.

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This all happened so fast, and I’m worried the process was rushed.

An National Public Radio (NPR) article says that it is the fastest the United States had ever brought a vaccine through clinical trials and to market was four years — except for the mumps vaccine, in 1967. But there are some key reasons that the leading covid-19 vaccines were able to be developed so quickly.

The mRNA technology is not new. It’s been around since the 1990s and has been through the review process since then. The mRNA technology used by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna is the first of its kind to receive Food and Drug Administration authorization for humans, but it is not new.

Drew Weissman is a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania who was a pioneering developer of the mRNA vaccine technology.

“It wasn’t just whipped up in the past couple of months,” Weissman said.

The research and development process also moved faster than usual because of the enormous investment from the U.S. government. Pharmaceutical companies usually commit millions of dollars to hire staff, recruiting participants for clinical trials and securing facilities to manufacture vaccines. They foot their own bills.

The vaccine studies were able to yield results faster than ever before is that the coronavirus provided so many trial participants.

The good news from the broad spread of the disease is that it meant more infections mean faster research.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is the only one that has had possible side effects in a minuscule number of women. More than 8.7 million shots of the single-dose vaccine have been given.  Only 28 have had blood clot issues. Only eight have died.

Compare that to the over 6 million Amerians who have died of the virus.

The virus has a tracker.

Total conspiracy theory. Horse feathers.

And if you have a cell phone, you are already tracked. Don’t fool yourself.

The vaccine causes autism in babies,

Scientists have debunk this conspiracy theory as well. It’s just not true.

The reality is none of us is smart enough on our own to know about the vaccine. Listening to baseless arguments by people who have not done their research or taken information from others who haven’t done theirs is alarming and ignorant.

Look at the link from one of the foremost research hospitals in the world. Do your own research instead of believing things that sound odd.

God bless you. And take the vaccine.

https://feinstein.northwell.edu/news/insights/how-to-combat-anti-vax-misinformation-about-the-covid-vaccine