The odds of dying with COVID-19 is 1 in 200. The odds of dying with the vaccine 1 in 1852. Now, there are plenty of things that complicate the analysis like how your odds change with different age groups but none of that changes that 1 in 1000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. True that we do not know the long term effects from this vaccine. We also do not know the long term effects from COVID-19 infection. But, it comforts me to know that vaccine reactions and side effects historically happen within the first few weeks of administration. And it has now been more than 6 months since some people have had the vaccine.
Fundamentally, the vaccine being less risky makes sense. The vaccine gives your body instructions to make one protein, the spike protein. However, the virus gives your body instructions to make 29 proteins. The jury is still out on which of the 29 proteins is causing all of the problems, but I'll take my chances with just the one protein.
In summary, we aren't choosing between (1) getting the vaccine and (2) some Garden of Eden where there is no risk. We are choosing between (1) a vaccine with a very very small risk (2) and a once in a 100 year pandemic virus with 1 in 200 odds of dying. You would be lying if you said any medication carries no risk, but this vaccine carries much less risk than the alternative. I understand that people may have hesitations about this vaccine. However, a look at the odds makes the decision clear. We can save lives by getting this vaccine ASAP and get our lives back to normal. Make no mistake about it, these vaccines are our ticket out.
Fortune favors the bold!
Dr. Pat Hamper
P.S. Don’t believe conspiracy theories:
1) In the Moderna trial - 13 women got pregnant during the trial through December 2, 2020 (6 vaccine, 7 placebo). And in the Pfizer trial - 8 women got pregnant (4 vaccine, 4 placebo.) There is no evidence that this vaccine causes sterilization.
2) This vaccine cannot alter your DNA. Without getting too into cellular biology, the DNA is inside the nucleus of the cell. The mRNA does not enter the nucleus and only makes this one protein.