The COVID-19 Vaccine Part 3
The best we can do right now is take the current datasets and make inferences.
While we don't have all the answers regarding the question, “Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?”, we do know that it comes down to identifying personal mitigation and risk.
Unfortunately, the distribution of information in both mainstream and social media is disproportionate.
And as long as we continue to suppress information or confirm our own confirmation bias, we will be at war with ourselves.
The critical issue here is that knowledge has power, and it takes a large amount of courage to be able to listen and attempt to understand truth.
Generally speaking mainstream media, and the authorities that promote vaccine campaigns, primarily send out messages that the COVID-19 vaccines are 100% safe and everyone should get one.
If you took the time to read Part 2 of this series, including the peer reviewed scientific papers connecting adverse reactions and vaccines, then you’d understand why I personally disagree with the narrative that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
I do believe that the COVID-19 vaccines can save lives for those who are at risk of a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
I also believe there are millions of people who are not at risk of a COVID-19 infection and getting this particular vaccine increases their risk of immune dysfunction over time.
I'm not saying vaccines are unsafe.
I'm saying that we have datasets that show potential long term problems of using these vaccines and it should be acknowledged.
What's the Big Deal with mRNA Vaccines?
When scientific studies such as the one published in Nature Neuroscience show that the spike protein itself (delivered via the mRNA vaccines) is associated with the formation of microthrombi (blood clots), and yet we’re told they’re completely safe; I’ve got beef!
We should at least acknowledge the science that demonstrates how the spike protein alone (no virus, just the protein as delivered via mRNA vaccines) as having the potential to cause vascular damage. [1, 2, 3].
My whole point in the series of articles I’ve written is to cover the pieces to this puzzle that have yet to be worked out.
The viral spike protein that is the target of the major SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is also one of the key agents causing the damage to distant organs that may include the brain, heart, lung, and kidney.
Remember, COVID-19 vaccines deliver a piece of mRNA that tells your cells to create the spike protein, and that’s how we develop immunity.
The problem is the spike protein also appears to cause tissue damage without actively replicating virus!
How is it we consider this 100% safe?
Not one expert – not even Dr. Fauci himself – should ethically or scientifically support that statement.
So here we are, at a crossroads of having to decide how to move forward.
My goal is to offer you information, so you’re fully informed and can make the best decision for yourself.
We’ve seen that for people 15 and older, COVID-19 can double the risk of death.
Considering that the vaccine does reduce the severity of COVID-19, it makes perfect sense to get it.
But we’ve also seen that the same demographic can catch this virus and not even know it.
Just yesterday I read about Europe’s oldest living person (116 years!) survived a COVID infection. She said she didn’t even know she had it.
In this case, getting the vaccine can set you up for possible long term complications. What a double edged sword!
I’m pretty confident it all has to do with an individual’s history of illness, their metabolic capacity and overall resilience.
We’re seeing that the vaccines can reduce the severity of illness, helping to reduce the risk of death, but understand that getting the vaccine won’t stop transmission.
Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel says the “SARS-CoV-2 is not going away,” and may never disappear and there are high chances of it becoming an endemic disease, which means it will be present at all times
The COVID-19 Vaccine is Non-Sterilizing
A non-sterilizing vaccine means it doesn’t prevent transmission or infection.
Yes, you can get the vaccine and still get infected.
A non-sterilizing vaccine means that a person can:
- Still get infected with the virus
- Can absolutely infect others around them
- Can still get sick and even die
Here’s a quote from Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s CEO:
“I think we need to be careful, as we get vaccinated, not to over-interpret the results. When we start the deployment of this vaccine, we will not have sufficient concrete data to prove that this vaccine reduces transmission.”
This non-sterilizing effect has been demonstrated in the Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines and is likely a feature of all 1st-generation Covid vaccines.
Here’s a quote from the scientific journal The Lancet:
“These observations suggest that we cannot assume COVID-19 vaccines, even if shown to be effective in reducing severity of disease, will reduce virus transmission to a comparable degree. The notion that COVID-19-vaccine-induced population immunity will allow a return to pre-COVID-19 “normalcy” might be based on illusory assumptions.”
Dr. Michael Mina, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health also thinks achieving sterilizing immunity with a vaccine will not be possible for COVID-19.
Experience with human coronaviruses, and with multiple pathogens that cause the common cold, shows immunity that develops after infection with respiratory tract infections is not lifelong.
In some cases, the duration is measured in months, not years.
“If infection with natural coronaviruses doesn’t do it, I don’t think that we should necessarily expect or have the anticipation that we’ll be able to get there with the vaccine.”
So the all important question is, How would you personally handle a SARS-CoV-2 infection with or without the vaccine?
If you can’t handle the infection appropriately, then the vaccine is certainly a good option to prevent severity and death.
But if you are metabolically resilient and of good health, then not getting the vaccine (including it's potential side effects) is something to think about.
Who Should Get the mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine?
We have made little progress to describe a single, global distribution framework for COVID-19 vaccines, yet two main proposals have emerged:
Some experts have argued that health care workers and high-risk populations, such as people over 65, should be immunized first.
The WHO suggests countries receive doses proportional to their populations.
From an ethical perspective, both strategies are seriously flawed!
The CDC recommends (at the time of writing this article) vaccines to people in the following order of priority:
Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.).
People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should have priority.
People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination.
People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.
If you’ve been terrified of the thought of a COVID-19 infection for over a year now, then maybe getting the vaccine has more reward than risk.
No one should have to live with the kind of fear that this entire pandemic has brought.
If you’re not terrified about a COVID-19 infection, but you’re really into vaccines… then order up and get in line 🙂
Who's at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions?
If I had a suppressed immune system, an overactive immune system or autoimmunity, I'd personally hold off on getting a vaccine.
It's already been demonstrated that hyper responsive immune systems and autoimmunity pose a higher risk of adverse reactions from vaccines.
In addition to the above information, it should be noted that anyone on anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants or is considered obese may not benefit from the vaccine as much as other individuals.
Vaccination of Persons With Underlying Medical Conditions
The CDC states that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can administered to persons with underlying medical conditions who have no contraindications to vaccination.
What are the contraindications:
- Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components (including polyethylene glycol [PEG])
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate (due to potential cross-reactive hypersensitivity with the vaccine ingredient PEG)
How to Prepare for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Overall, most of the advice you'll find on how to best prepare for a vaccine hasn't been directly tested with COVID vaccines.
But there are a few considerations that may prove to be helpful.
We can group people into three categories:
- Preparation for People NOT getting Vaccinated
- Preparation for People WEEKS AWAY from getting Vaccinated
- Preparation for People DAYS from getting Vaccinated
- Improving Sleep
- Improving Fitness and Exercise
- Stress Reduction
- Improving Relationships and Emotional Health
- Green Tea Extract
- Avoid acute stressors
- Try to get adequate sleep (7.5 to 8 hours every night).
- Avoid anti-inflammatory agents 2 days prior and post vaccination.
5 Tips Before Vaccination
Here's 5 specific tips I'd recommend before vaccination:
1. Don't stop taking allergy medication, but don't dose up either.
There are no specific recommendations to take allergy medications like Benadryl before the vaccination.
Antihistamine medications, unless advised by your doctor, are not likely to prevent a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine, but may blunt symptoms and make it harder to diagnose the allergic reaction and delay treatment.
If you have a history of a severe allergic reaction to vaccines, or anything in a vaccine, discuss with your doctor prior to getting the vaccine.
Fortunately, if someone is going to have a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis, it usually happens right away.
This is why CDC guidelines suggest that vaccine dispensers watch those with a history of anaphylaxis from 15 to 30 minutes after vaccination.
2. Don't take painkillers prior to your vaccine.
While there's limited data to show that NSAIDs and aspirin before vaccination and impede an immune response, these substances may precipitate an allergic reaction in some people.
Since we do not know with any certainty if and how NSAIDs affect allergic reactions to the COVID vaccines, I'd advise against taking NSAIDs before and for 2 hours after your vaccination, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
3. Avoid alcohol before vaccination.
Alcohol may also contribute to, and/or accelerate allergic reactions.
Since we don't know how alcohol can influence allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines, it's probably best to avoid it one day before and after.
4. Don't exercise too much before your vaccine.
Exercise can amplify the immune response.
While you'd think that this can benefit someone before a vaccine, if you have an exaggerated immune response, it could be a negative.
Given the amount of unknowns, I'd say avoid strenuous exercise 24 hours before and after your vaccination.
5. Get a Good Night's Sleep
Sleep disturbance can impact vaccine effectiveness.