About a month ago, I wrote an article on how to decide whether or not you should get the Covid-19 vaccinations. Here is a link to that article if you haven’t read it.

At the end of the article, I suggested after weighing the pros and cons of vaccination risk versus Covid infection risk; it seemed getting vaccinated was probably a better decision. I also stated in the article that as new information came out, my thoughts on whether to get vaccinated or not could change.

I think it is important to understand that the term “expert” is used too loosely when it comes to both the COVID-19 infection and the COVID-19 vaccinations especially because we have no long-term data regarding the impact of having the COVID-19 infection or regarding potential side effects of the vaccinations. Furthermore, the mortality and morbidity data/statistics of getting the infection and the mortality and morbidity data/statistics of getting the vaccination are often disputed depending upon which side of the fence the viewer is on. To say the least, this is very confusing to all of us, so based upon what we have learned so far, my opinion about whether to get vaccinated or not has changed slightly.

We all know of or heard about someone who contracted the COVID-19 infection and either got very sick or died. We all know of or have heard about someone who got the vaccination and developed severe side effects, and to a lesser extent, some people have died after getting vaccinated. I am not quoting statistics about either of these situations because I don’t trust them, honestly.

Here are the facts regarding COVID-19 infection and vaccinations as they seem to layout to me. The vaccines do not prevent you from becoming infected with COVID-19. They claim to reduce the severity of the symptoms that people develop and may reduce the likelihood of dying. It also seems that the likelihood of dying for young people is minimal. Still, the definition of young is not exactly clear, so no one can quote with any authority a specific age at which you are no longer considered young for these purposes. A complete guess on my part… it’s 30 or below.

 

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If you haven’t read my first article, I described long-haul ramifications to health that occur in some people even after getting over COVID-19 infection. Because the vaccinations do not prevent Covid infection and there is no proof that the vaccinations prevent long-haul health risks which can manifest both cardiovascularly and neurologically and possibly several other ways, the need and benefits for people who are under 30 to get vaccinated seem minimal to me, with the understanding that I am saying this based upon the risk-reward ratio as I see it. Of course, this doesn’t imply that some people in the below 30 age category will get sick whether they get vaccinated or not.

For people between the age of 30 and 50 years old, the risk-reward ratio on whether to get vaccinated or not just isn’t clear to me. If we knew the vaccination prevented subsequent long-haul negative health conditions, I would be in favor of this group being vaccinated, but we don’t know this. So at this point, I feel it is a personal decision for people in this age group to get vaccinated or not.

For people 50 and above, it is my personal opinion that vaccinations are advisable. The detractors of vaccinations claim there may be long-term negative health effects to getting vaccinated, but we don’t know this because we don’t have long-term data. The risk of death or severe symptoms from Covid infection is increased in this age group and the vaccines seem to help in both these areas.

For people above 50, it is also very interesting to note that recently published research indicated that people who had recovered from a COVID-19 infection had up to 10 times the amount of antibodies after just one vaccination shot than people who had never been infected with COVID-19 who were subsequently vaccinated.  This indicates to me that if you have recovered from the COVID-19 infection you might consider just getting one vaccination. The benefits of this approach as I see it is that you are getting less of these synthetic messenger RNA in your body and you can avoid the side effects that seem to be much greater with the second vaccination.

Once again, let me repeat, I am a chemist, not a physician, and the above information is just my opinion after analyzing the facts that are available to date.

UPDATE:  3/29/21

A new report released today by the government demonstrates that not only do the vaccines reduce the risk of death and severity of symptoms but they actually reduce the risk of becoming infected by Covid-19. This additional data was derived from a real-world study of healthcare professionals which is very positive and reassuring. I have no reason to doubt this new data and if it’s true, it adds to the argument that everyone should get at least one vaccination, and for people who haven’t yet been infected, two vaccinations might be better than one.

What is added by this report?  Prospective cohorts of 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 13 consecutive weeks. Under real-world conditions, mRNA vaccine effectiveness of full immunization (≥14 days after the second dose) was 90% against SARS-CoV-2 infections regardless of symptom status; vaccine effectiveness of partial immunization (≥14 days after the first dose but before the second dose) was 80%.

What are the implications for public health practice?
Authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective for preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in real-world conditions. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all eligible persons.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.