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Re: NYT today on vaccines Thoughts?

Posted by linkadge on December 24, 2021, at 16:45:32

In reply to Re: NYT today on vaccines Thoughts? Hugh, posted by Phillipa on December 20, 2021, at 17:44:04

The Moderna vaccine is associated with slightly more pronounced side effects, but some studies also show it provides more durable protection. I got a Pfizer first dose (no side effects) and then a Moderna for a second shot. The Moderna produced more sickness (headache, chills, fever, pain) for me, but it rapidly subsided in 24 hours.

I would disagree with the notion that Omicron is equally deadly. The data (to date) seems to suggest it is milder and results in faster recovery. Yet, as mentioned, it is more transmissible. Time will tell on this, but obviously take all precautions.

Interestingly, the South African data seems to suggest that Omicron cases may peak and subside faster than with Delta. Cases of Omicron have been falling in South Africa (the region with first known cases) at the time of writing this.

I do recommend vaccination as the data shows it provides significant protection against severe outcomes and death. It does this with a very acceptable side effect profile. All of us here take drugs with rare (potentially lethal) side effects. For example, citalopram can (extremely rarely) kill you from effects on QT prolongation. This being said, we all make the cost-benefit judgments for psych meds and so I don't know why we wouldn't do it for vaccines as well.

P.S. my next-door neighbours (rabid antivaxxers) just got taken away in an ambulance. The son in law said they were both not feeling well for a few days and both were having difficulty breathing. This is likely COVID.

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