VACCINE FAQ

It’s my choice whether to get the vaccine. So why should I?  –and why does everyone get so damn pissed when I shake my head that I don’t want to?

Yes, it IS your choice.

First, you should get it to protect yourself from a disease that is thought by medical researchers to be far more deadly (~10 times more deadly) than the flu … keep in mind that between 290,000 and 650,000 people die worldwide from the flu every year.[1]

Also, you will be protecting your loved ones you like to hang out with. Just put yourself in their shoes: when you shake your head, you are saying to them “I don’t care about you.”

But I don’t want to get the shot. I just don’t WANT to.

You will be protecting the entire human race by getting vaccinated because if we can achieve 80 percent vaccination globally before a new more virulent strain arises, we could make COVID go the way of Smallpox, Polio etc. Yep, we could say “ADIOS” for good.[2]

Otherwise we’ll probably be having masking fights the rest of our lives (a new strain could be immune to the current vaccine so we’d have to start from square one…) In other words, the evidence is showing that if just 80 percent of us are immune, COVID won’t have the numbers to mutate into a different nastier disease.[3]

I don’t have time to get a shot because I work hard every day and I work long hours.

Getting a shot takes minutes. Many pharmacies and grocery stores now accept walk-ins[4] … just ask next time you go to the store, it’s that quick and easy now.

Besides, do you have time to go to the ER and possibly suffer long-term COVID symptoms like brain fog and heart and lung issues the rest of your life[5]—possibly rendering you incapable of working—that is IF you survive?

The only people who get sick or die from COVID-19 are those with pre-existing conditions. I am young and healthy … I don’t need to get vaccinated.

You are right that people with pre-existing conditions are more at risk.[6]

The question you have to ask yourself is, “My risk level may be lower (but is still 10x that of the flu) but do I want to spread the disease to others I am in contact with—some of whom may have risks I don’t know about?

Also, you may feel invulnerable but a way to think about it is to remember how you felt when you had the flu. If this is 10 times worse, how will you feel—maybe you’ll WANT to die. How will those who love you feel if you die?

The United States has a long history of approving drugs and pesticides that ended up heading south –and did experiments on people without them saying it was ok. What assurance do I have this isn’t just another bad idea – getting this shot?

Yes, you’re right, the Tuskegee study was pretty horrible; male African Americans were injected in a syphilis experiment without consent.

But the SARS-Covid vaccine has been in trials since 2003 … and although that referenced Tuskegee nightmare was less than 100 years ago (and involved some 600 people,) I’d like to think times have changed. And as of early August 165,000,000 Americans have been vaccinated against COVID.

The sarcastic side of me wants to suggest it might actually be a good way to save the planet—inject 80 percent of us with something that will kill us. But A) it hasn’t killed me yet –I was vaccinated in March, 2021‑and B) COVID-19 is gonna do that for us without so much work if 80 percent of us DON’T get the vaccine.

But I’ve heard people complain about headaches and stuff when they get the shot. That doesn’t sound like fun…I heard the vaccine has horrible long-term side effects -what about those?

“For some, the concern is the vaccine itself — and particularly the side effects that can come with it. These concerns can be about something the vaccine really causes, like a day or two of aches, fever, and fatigue or, in extremely rare cases, potentially blood clots. But they can also be about things that aren’t real or proven, like other long-term health risks or unproven claims about, for example, infertility.

Some of this comes down to getting the right information to the vaccine hesitant. Officials, media, and experts can continue to communicate that side effects are almost all mild and don’t last very long — and are, in fact, a sign the vaccines are working and getting the immune system going. And while wilder ideas spread on social media, there’s no evidence that the vaccines have worse side effects in all but very rare circumstances. Blood clots, for example, were found in only 28 of 8.7 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson shot at the time of reporting, and they haven’t been found in anyone who got the Moderna or Pfizer shots.”

Source: https://www.vox.com/2021/6/2/22463223/covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-reasons-why

If only 80 percent of us need to get vaccinated, why can’t I just be in that 20 percent who doesn’t?

Because that 20 percent margin should be just that—a margin—for those mentally indigent or just not in a place in their lives (no transportation, no job, on drugs etc.) who can’t get it together to get a shot.

I’m not ready yet.

The sooner you get the vaccine, the sooner you’ll be protected. And you’ll feel better about yourself, you’ll be able to socialize more and your loved ones will be protected when you visit. Also …The sooner you get the vaccine, the sooner you’ll be protected.

I think I already had it -before it was a thing–so I should be immune already and I don’t need the vaccine. 

“Sorry Dr Fauci and other fearmongers, new study shows vaccines and naturally acquired immunity DO effectively neutralize COVID variants. Good news for everyone but bureaucrats and petty tyrants!” tweeted a combative Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in March.

HA. A large-scale study by UC Irvine researchers may definitively settle this debate. They found that, yes, natural infection provides protection, but mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna kick natural immunity’s butt in protecting against COVID-19.

“Our results show that the nucleic acid vaccines in use in this setting are remarkably effective at elevating (antibody) levels against SARS-CoV-2 antigens,” says the study, posted April 20. The level and breadth of protection induced by these mRNA vaccines “is much greater than that induced by natural infection.”

Indeed, after the second mRNA shot, vaccinated people had antibody levels up to 10 times higher than what was found in convalescent plasma from people who recovered from natural infection, the researchers found.

Added bonus: The mRNA vaccines also allow the immune system to recognize other novel coronavirus strains, offering hope that vaccination will be effective against emerging virus variants that are circulating around the world, they said.

“This is a pretty spectacular thing,” said Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility, who was one of the researchers. “It’s not just doing something for a relatively small group of patients with uncommon disease — here we’re talking about saving the whole world.”

(San Jose Mercury News) Read more here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/04/29/which-is-better-for-developing-immunity-covid-19-vaccine-or-natural-infection/

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[1] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu

[2] https://www.muhealth.org/our-stories/covid-19-vaccine-key-reaching-herd-immunity

[3]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1007566/S1335_Long_term_evolution_of_SARS-CoV-2.pdf

[4] Click here to find a local CVS FREE vaccine: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

[5] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351

[6] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html and also: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-who-is-at-risk/art-20483301