I think everyone, at least everyone I know, knew that because of the rush to produce an effective vaccine for COVID, that there would still be some side effects, some unanticipated even though yes, they did run all of these through thousands of people in the abbreviated trials. Even without the rush to production, it’s known that medications of all sorts have side effects some minor, others that could be major to the point of being life threatening. Don’t believe that? Watch the inundation of commercials of various drugs from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer: the manufacturer mentions in every case every possible side effect even if the chance of some effects are low. It gives a person pause: at least it does me. Would I want to take that particular medication not knowing if it was going harm me in some way or even kill me?
Well, the companies are just protecting themselves, legally. Besides, has anyone ever gonme to their doctor and said, Hey, let’s try X for my condition. I never have and I don’t know anyone that has (I’ve asked a few friends if they would ever do something like that. Unanimously? No.) Of course none of the advertised medications are meant for everyone, even those with the specific condition, there’s usually the caveat, Ask your doctor if X is right for you.
There doesn’t seem to be the same level of concern with the COVID vaccines as the recent issue is that, in young people, it seems to cause myocarditis, or heart inflammation. Depending on the article read, or the news station watched, this is either a minor inconvenience or something a bit more than that. One article I read reported only a handful of cases and 80% of those “recovered without any further problems” (that’s a paraphrase). The article I just linked, reports many more reported. The CDC is looking further into this, this week, but let’s look at this another way: Remember the kerfuffle over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that caused (supposedly) blood clots in some women under the age of 50? Remember how many women were reported to have had this issue? Six. That’s right, six out of over 6 million inoculations. The government halted distribution for a while until they could discover what the problem was with the vaccine. As you can see from the CDC announcement for resumption, all they did was warn of the risks.
Now we have hundreds, if not more, young people suffering from heart inflammation due to a COVID vaccine and yet we don’t have the CDC or the FDA halting inoculations for the young people, even temporarily. Colleges and Universities, in some cases, are telling students they may not attend in-person classes without the vaccine. The same can be said for some primary and secondary schools as well. Remember the “vaccine passport” that was being discussed a few months ago? It looks like we have one for pupils and students.
What will the CDC eventually say about this possible effect on young people? Will they tell parents not to get the vaccine for kids between certain ages or will they just say, Hey, your child might experience a serious heart condition when given the vaccine, but the vaccine is still required. As a parent, what will you do based upon what may or may not come out from the CDC? I am not recommending not receiving the vaccine for anyone. I just think the government needs to be faster and more transparent when potential problems may arise.
I know a lot of people that have not received the vaccine at all and the main reason I hear is that they don’t trust any of them to be safe, overall. Never un our history have we developed a vaccine so quickly and that there may be more effects tht what were known initially is what is keeping many from being vaccinated. Our government has gone back and forth on so much with this COVID emergency that many have come to mistrust anything the government says. Here’s one: If you’ve had covid, and of course recovered, also meaning you already have the antibodies to protect you in the future, should you go ahead a get the vaccine anyway? Believe it or not there is no definitive statement from the CDC one way or the other on this question. But then, you wouldn’t have a piece of paper saying that you’d been inoculated, the so-called and non-existent, “vaccine passport” would you?