There is a case for the vaccine.
There has been a lot of interest in the recent announcements from the vaccine trials. The first two vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are a type of vaccine known as a messenger vaccine. It is very likely that Pfizer’s vaccine will be approved in the US today, after it was granted emergency approval in the UK and Canada. Results from many vaccine trials will be announced soon. When the vaccine becomes available, why will I be getting it?
I am a doctor of infectious diseases. When it comes to political issues, I tend to lean conservative. Since the majority of vaccine concerns are being voiced by conservatives, I wanted to explain my perspective on getting the COVID-19 vaccine and why I plan on getting it when it becomes available Most of the article will focus on the new vaccines at the moment, but I will mention other vaccine platforms when relevant. There is a significant portion of the population that is hesitant to get excited about the possibility of a vaccine. Concerns about the short time spent in clinical trials are some of the reasons for hesitation.
The vaccine is effective. I hope these thoughts will help you make a decision on whether or not to get the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccines appear to be highly effective, which is one of the most anticipated and exciting news about the vaccine. This is the case for the two leading mRNA vaccines. Pfizer’s vaccine was effective against COVID-19 in their trials. The graph on page 58 of the report shows cumulative COVID-19 cases in the vaccine and placebo groups, showing a clear protective effect in the vaccine group. The data from the clinical trial shows that the vaccine will protect against the virus.
The efficacy numbers are specific to the clinical trials environment. In the real world, vaccine effectiveness could be lower. The data shows that the vaccines work well and will protect a lot of people. I believe that the efficacy rates in the wild will be similar to those reported.
Moderna’s vaccine is 94.1% effective. These are very promising numbers. One of the three companies to announce an effective vaccine had one regimen that showed 62% effectiveness and another regimen that showed 90% effectiveness. The seasonal flu vaccine is usually 40–60 percent effective each year, which is due to the nature of the influenza virus compared to coronaviruses.
I plan on getting the vaccine because of the signs that it is safe. The vaccine is not dangerous.
In a normal infection, the virus would give instructions for your cells to make all the viral proteins instead of just the one that the vaccine has. There are no instructions to make all the necessary components for a vaccine that will not cause an illness. The instability of the molecule means that it will degrade quickly and not stay in our cells for very long. This is the reason that the vaccines are very safe.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are based on the expression of messenger RNA, or mRNA, in our cells. The instructions for making a sars-coV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are contained in the vaccines. This is an oversimplified explanation, but it serves our purposes, as your cells give your immune cells the instructions to recognize and make the antibodies.
We have a good idea of what to look out for when it comes to adverse events and side effects, because we have a good understanding of how vaccines work in the body. Minor adverse events can include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site. Although they may be uncomfortable, they usually resolve within a few days. The most serious adverse events that have been seen with other vaccines include seizures, anaphylaxis, and Guillian-Barré Syndrome, which has a prevalence of between 6 and 40 cases per 1 million people in the US. We know that these symptoms usually develop within days to months, rather than years down the road. Do we know that the vaccines are safe? They have only been in trials for a few months, and vaccines usually spend years in trials.
The whole world is watching for obvious reasons, as Oxford’s vaccine trial results have generated questions and concerns from the scientific community. Independent review boards are being used to eliminate bias in the results. There are a number of reasons to be confident in the safety of these vaccines. The theoretical basis for mRNA vaccines gives every indication that they will be safe and not cause serious adverse effects. Clinical trials for the vaccine for the flu had begun, as well as several years of development for other infectious diseases.
There is a legitimate concern about the speed of development and approval of these vaccines. The development of a COVID-19 has proceeded at an extraordinary pace. The platform for the vaccine has not been approved for any disease. Bad science is not being done because of the rapid development. It’s not possible to know the effects of these new vaccines. There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccines will be anything other than safe. I believe that the risk-benefit analysis weighs heavily on the side of the vaccine, compared to the known detrimental effects that COVID-19 can have on the body.
There have been no severe adverse events following the immunization of Moderna and Pfizer participants. One participant in the vaccine trial developed inflammation of the spine. There was no evidence that the COVID vaccine was related to the patient developing multiplesclerosis, and the trial was stopped immediately.
I plan on getting the vaccine so that I can spend more time with my family and friends. The vaccine will allow us to be more active in society.
There are some concerns that a vaccine won’t allow us to get back to normal, but I believe they are overstated. An effective vaccine that is widely accepted by the public will greatly limit the number of people that the coronaviruses can get hold of. In the worst-case scenario, there won’t be enough people to keep the virus in circulation.
This year has been difficult for most of us, not only because of the Pandemic, but also because of what it has taken away from us in our social lives. I believe the mental health effects of social isolation and social distance are underappreciated. An effective vaccine could allow us to regain our social lives without the fear of spreading the disease to our loved ones.
There are two common objections. Even if vaccination rates are less than desirable, the proportion of the population that is immune to the virus should decrease. Even if the general public is not enthusiastic about the vaccine, vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and those with risk factors, will have an option for a line of protection. We cannot allow ourselves to be the enemy of good.
Some people are hesitant to get the vaccine. A growing number of people are against the vaccine. There is good reason to believe that the vaccine will be safe and effective, even though there is uncertainty about its safety. There are a couple of claims that are making their rounds that are misleading people about the vaccine, causing unwarranted fear and opposition to the vaccine. If I didn’t address these concerns, this article wouldn’t be complete.
The main reasons I am getting the vaccine are listed. The vaccine seems to be common sense for many people. Why wouldn’t you get the vaccine?
There are some claims that the new COVID vaccines have different chemical poisons. These statements are designed to frighten and intimidate people. These statements are trying to imply that there are chemicals in the vaccine that are harmful to our bodies. The vaccine does not contain poisons.
The only vaccines that will get FDA approval will be those that can show that they are both safe and effective, because the COVID vaccines are going through rigorous safety trials. The safety data for the vaccines is very good. We can’t know for certain the long-term safety profile of new vaccines, but we can know for any novel medicine or medical device. Even after Phase III clinical trials, the vaccines will still be closely monitored for safety. There is no reason to believe that the vaccines will be unsafe at the moment. We can be certain that COVID-19 will continue to harm and kill people in the absence of a vaccine.
This misunderstands the definition of poison. Poison is determined by the dose, which is a vague term. The amount of chemicals used in the final vaccine products is minuscule, even though a lot of vaccines contain small amounts of different chemicals. For more information about vaccine safety, see my article, “Your Flu.” To misuse the concept of poison is a crime.
Some circles opposing the vaccine are saying that the vaccine contains aborted fetal tissue. These statements have been recycled for various vaccines by those who have opposed vaccination for a long time. Fetal tissue is not contained in the vaccine.
The vaccines currently in development do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Two of the leading mRNA vaccines contain lipids and the next one is based on a recombinant protein. The weakened or killed form of the virus that causes COVID-19 is used in more traditional vaccine approaches. The new COVID-19 vaccine does not contain aborted fetal tissue.
I am starting to hear this line of reasoning in the more conservative community about the COVID vaccine. It’s obvious that this is the reason. Conservatives that would not normally fall into the far-right community are using abortion as a way to get them to support the vaccine. It is an effective tool for persuasion. This statement is at best a half-truth and at worst a lie.
The reason for the abortion is not known. The scientist who derived the cell line from the fetus could not remember the circumstances in which he obtained the fetus. The reason for the abortion had nothing to do with the scientist making the cell line with the tissue. There is not much moral ground for blaming the scientist. If an organ donor is murdered, we wouldn’t say it’s morally reprehensible to use his/her organs to save a life.
We can look into where statements about aborted fetal tissue come from now that that is out of the way. The claims are based on the fact that research groups and companies often use a particular cell line during their vaccine development stage. The HEK293 cell line was derived from an aborted fetus. There are several important points that need to be discussed before we use this as a reason to oppose vaccines.
If research with this cell line provides grounds to not get the COVID vaccine, it also provides grounds not to get any vaccines, as practically every lab that has produced modern therapeutic agents has used this cell line at some point. The HEK293 cell line is a very popular cell line in biological/medical research and is used in practically every major lab and biotech company. They can be used to study various aspects of vaccine and drug effects. They work well in genetic research and often play a vital role.
If you support the claims that vaccines contain trace amounts of cells that have been grown in, you should be for the new platform of vaccine. Any animal-based products can’t be used in the making of the components of the vaccine. They are not grown in human cells at all, and are instead grown in a different cell line. The cells are not used to produce the vaccine because of the original point. The cells are used in the testing process, not the actual vaccine.
The vaccine doesn’t contain aborted fetal tissue, but the research process that led to it used that cell line. The research that led to most modern medicines saved many lives. The traditional approaches to the vaccine wouldn’t use HEK293 cells. These cells don’t work well to produce large amounts of virus. It is likely that the cell line of choice for the COVID-19 vaccine would be Vero cells, which has proven to be the best at producing large amounts of the coronaviruses.
I hope this helps you think through the decision if you are struggling over whether or not to get the vaccine. I know that it can be a difficult decision due to the uncertainties and concerns that you may have, or have heard about from your friends and family. The theory and data for the new vaccines show them to be safe and effective. Conclusion.
When the vaccine becomes available, I will get it. I hope you will do the same.
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