As the noose tightens to get vaccinated, I feel cognitive dissonance. I am uncomfortable and not sure what to do. The physician in me recognizes the importance of vaccines while appalled at methods used to get holdouts vaccinated–a combination of disinformation, fear, and reward. The layperson in me wants to live but is confused. Why everyone, even those who have had covid, should be vaccinated? I can speculate, but there is little scientific data that it is necessary or safe, long-term.
Covid-19 is a flu-like illness that is on the severe end of the flu spectrum. One way to decrease the severity of covid illness is to get vaccinated. The other is to continue wearing a mask and exercise social distance. If infected, early treatment with immunoglobulins to covid antigens appears to be maybe as effective as covid vaccines in decreasing severity. That suggests we have time to ensure the vaccines are safe before administering them to those at low risk for severe covid infection or complications, for example, children. Unfortunately, there is no research data on the safety of covid vaccines in children, particularly those less than 12 years old.
Essentially, covid research is being done on the public. I am afraid severe adverse reactions will be hidden until “everyone” is vaccinated.
Currently, there are three different types of vaccines on the market:
Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA induces the body’s cells to produce viral proteins that trigger an immunogenic response.
Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are genetically modified adenoviruses. Once injected, human cells are induced to produce viral proteins that trigger an immunogenic response.
Novovax vaccines utilize recombinant nanotechnology to produce viral proteins that, when injected, trigger an immunogenic response.
These types of vaccines were not used when I practiced. I don’t know about much recombinant nanotechnology, but recombinant technology is used for the human papillomavirus and the flu vaccine. So my question is: Which one is effective and provides long-term immunity and safety? I don’t trust the research medical community or the CDC to be truthful when their goal is to get everyone vaccinated.
What are your thoughts? Are you hesitant to get vaccinated?