Covid Confusion

Suddenly there are perks to getting vaccinated. Get a lottery ticket, a free glass of wine at a local winery, get free transportation to get your shot. Many of the mega centers are closing so you can get the vax at your local pharmacy. It seems the holdouts are getting incentives.

But please help me to understand. I am not trying to be obtuse, nor do I want to fight with anyone. I honestly see it this way and want to know what I’m missing. (Politics aside by the way as I’m not one for conspiracies.)

Vax and Unvaccinated Similarities:

  • Both can still get virus
  • Both can carry and pass along virus

Vax Pros:

  • Protects against potentially having a bad case of the virus
  • Allows you to move about unmasked in public (opening up)
  • Gives you (and those around you?) a sense of security
  • Viewed as a team player
  • No restrictions on travel nor college attendance

Vax Cons:

  • Vax protects against only one strain of the virus
  • Vax people can still get the virus
  • Vax may require future booster as more research is done
  • Unknown long term affects of Vax
  • Can still carry and pass along virus

Unvaccinated Pros:

  • Not putting Vax in body
  • No worry about any (including) longterm potential side effects of Vax (if there are any)
  • Not concerned about what’s in Vax
  • Wait time to see what future brings for those who are Vax and Unvaccinated
  • Decide for self when/if you choose to be vax

Unvaccinated Cons:

  • Not protected against virus, nor any strain of it
  • Run risk of more severe case of virus should you get it
  • Can still carry and pass along virus
  • Mask required (and honor system to wear it as you should)
  • Viewed as not a team player (feel pressured to get Vax)
  • People think you’re into conspiracy theories
  • Travel and college attendance may be restricted if you don’t have Vax

FYI: As I tried to edit this post, it kept erasing parts of it so I am just publishing with mistakes. Sorry if you see any errors.

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17 Responses to Covid Confusion

  1. “Currently available coronavirus vaccines appear to be effective against variants of the disease, World Health Organization officials said.” Of course it’s individual choice whether or not to get Covid vaccine but does the same criteria apply to children’s vaccinations mandatory to entering school? I question and am skeptical of everything but this is something I did. My mom was RN prior to all vaccinations and saw the damage from those diseases- polio/measles, TB etc. and I figured she’d want me to be protected against Covid. Whatever you choose, be safe.

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  2. Beth W. says:

    While I completely respect all views on this, I personally am going to wait to get the vaccine. I had Covid in January and am not sure that adding the vaccine on top of antibodies my body has already madet is a great idea. I don’t think it should be mandatory. That being said, should it keep me from travelling or doing something I really want to do, I will most likely get it.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I’m sorry you had Covid Beth, and I hope you’re feeling better. I understand your reasoning and when you’re ready, I’m sure you’ll decide what’s right for you. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. TJ Fox says:

    Vax Cons:
    Vax protects against only one strain of the virus – Not true. All 3 of the vaccines approved for use in the US protects against other strains to various degrees, which are all still pretty high for a vaccine, depending on the vaccine. I think (double check my fact there) that the J&J has the best protection against certain other strains. This is currently for the known strains as of right now and can change if new ones pop up.

    Vax people can still get the virus – True, but the chance is extremely low. Both Moderna and Pfizer have well over a 90% protection rate last I heard. J&J is lower, but it works differently and provides a slightly different way of protecting, It is 100% effective in preventing a case severe enough to be hospitalized and 100% survival rate if you do get covid. All 3 do keep you from getting a very severe case, including the long haul syndrome that some have gotten.

    Vax may require future booster as more research is done – The booster may be required to reinforce what you’ve already gotten and to cover any newer strains that the previous vax may not be as effective against. It isn’t really any different than needing a new flu shot every year or having to get a tetanus booster every 5 or 10 (forgot which) or if you’ve gotten injured/cut.

    Unknown long term affects of Vax – testing has shown so far that if there are any, they are very few and far between. You’d probably have a better chance of winning the lottery twice.

    Can still carry and pass along virus – recent data is showing that those that get covid after being vaccinated and show no symptoms are not likely to spread the virus. Yes, if you are symptomatic, you might, but that is why you quarantine.

    Another plus, as I’ve mentioned before, is the fact that you being vaccinated helps those that are at high risk, those that cannot be vaccinated or that the vaccine doesn’t help as well (certain immune compromised individuals including transplant and some cancer patients to name a few). Vaccines are there to help not just you, but all of those you may come in contact with. There are reasons why our kids must be vaccinated before attending public school. This vaccine isn’t any different. The other reason, and it is kind of huge, is that the more people that get vaccinated, the less this has the opportunity to spread and mutate into something that is potentially much worse than what we’ve already seen. Each new variant that comes out can change how this virus behaves. The only way to stop that is by getting at least a certain percentage of the population vaccinated, the sooner the better.

    Absolutely, everyone should make this decision for themselves. I do also think you should be making that decision based on facts from reputable scientists that are experts in this field. Spend some time on the CDC’s website to get some of those facts. Read news articles. Listen to interviews. If you have a reason, based on those known facts and your specific health/life circumstances, to not get the vaccine, then okay. There are some people that probably shouldn’t. I think that getting the actual facts is important in being able to make that informed decision.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Wow TJ! THANK YOU for all of your information! That helped a lot! I am going to the dr. in 2 weeks and will ask him what he thinks (since I do have a little medical issue) and if he says do it, then I will. I appreciate your taking the time to write and to explain. Thanks again…

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      • TJ Fox says:

        I’m glad it helped! I’ve just seen too much and know too many people that have been or could be impacted by this to not be informed and encouraging of the vaccine. I’m really happy you are going to consider getting this.

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      • janieleeds says:

        I am now that you’ve encouraged me TJ. And thank you for not judging, but simply giving me the information and being kind. I’ll stay in touch.

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      • Jonathan says:

        You should really think about updating the original post with the information from the previous commenter. The TLDR is essentially that the vaccine prevents 90% of people from catching the virus, with extremely low complication rates (0.00n%).

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      • janieleeds says:

        Thank you Jonathan! I hadn’t thought of it, but it’s a good idea!

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  4. Ainsobriety says:

    I’m waiting. Still on the fence.

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  5. scr4pl80 says:

    I keep having this conversation with my daughter. She doesn’t want to get the vaccine because she is not sure what it may do to her reproduction and she wants to be able to have kids. She is the only one of our family not vaccinated and it makes things difficult at times. I try not to pressure her but it is frustrating.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I understand that it’s frustrating for you (and for her). I get that it’s a hard decision to make but you’re doing the right thing in not pressuring her. She’ll come around as I am slowly as well….just needed a bit more time to process I think and see how things are going with everyone. At least that’s me.

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  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Over 3.5 million deaths worldwide and over 600,000 in the United States alone. I haven’t lost anyone close to me but a few acquaintances. No side effects after the first dose. One day of low energy and feeling cold after the second dose. Not a hard decision for me. If we need to go back and get another vaccine for a variant, I will do that in a heartbeat.

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