I came across two interesting stories which reinforce my thinking that I should wait on getting any covid vaccine for several months at the minimum.
First, the Daily Mail ran a story yesterday which reported two NHS workers had allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. Today, it looks like the government is trying to do damage control:
Of course, vaccines cause reactions in people. Still, the Daily Mail story does not fill one with great confidence about the safety of the Pfizer vaccine.
The second article is from America. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) Is not going to force its employees to take any covid vaccine because there is “general uncertainty about the COVID-19 vaccine.” The bottom line is that there’s no data on these vaccines. Everyone is flying blind and everyone taking them is a guinea pig. This isn’t stopping the UPMC from promoting the covid vaccine or halting their plans to help distribute it by the way.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I will be waiting a long time before I even toy with the idea of taking the jab. There are millions of true believers out there (maybe you are one of them dear reader) who are more than willing to be at the front of the queue. Good luck to them all I say. If they want to put their health, and maybe lives, on the line because they think the vaccine will save them, well, it’s their bodies. My body is mine, however. I say no…for now.
I’ll leave readers with Dr Gilbert Berdine’s words of warning when it comes to the safety of these vaccines. Berdine is an associate professor of medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center:
There is no information about safety. None. Government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) appear to have two completely different standards for attributing deaths to covid-19 and attributing side effects to covid vaccines. If these vaccines are approved, as they likely will be, the first group to be vaccinated will be the beta testers. I am employed by a university-based medical center that is a referral center for the West Texas region. My colleagues include resident physicians and faculty physicians who work with covid patients on a daily basis. I have asked a number of my colleagues whether they will be first in line for the new vaccine. I have yet to hear any of my colleagues respond affirmatively. The reasons for hesitancy are that the uncertainties about safety exceed what they perceive to be a small benefit. In other words, my colleagues would prefer to take their chances with covid rather than beta test the vaccine. Many of my colleagues want to see the safety data after a year of use before getting vaccinated; these colleagues are concerned about possible autoimmune side effects that may not appear for months after vaccination.