There’s been a great deal of skepticism over the new COVID-19 vaccine that was only just shipped out across the United States today — and for good reason. We don’t approve of the anti-vax movement. We believe our citizens are safer being immunized against deadly diseases. But the fact is this: the COVID-19 vaccine was pushed and rushed for pragmatic and political reasons. For the public to have any reason to trust it, we need to see absolutely irrefutable proof that it works.
What does that mean? Ultimately, we need to see that the new COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer not only lives up to its 95 percent defense against the disease, but also that it does so without dangerous side effects. Already, we’re hearing reports that individuals who have allergies to some medical drugs should refrain from getting the vaccine. But not everyone knows whether or not they have such allergies. This is something that could cause problems.
So what do we recommend? It’s simple: first, discuss receiving the vaccine with your family health care provider. Are you part of an at-risk community like the elderly? You probably have more to lose from refraining to take the vaccine than you do from any adverse side effects. If your doctor gives you the okay, then you should probably receive the vaccine in the recommended dose.
Other individuals may decide to wait — but considering that the vaccine won’t be widely available for a long time anyway, we’ll certainly know more about any potential side effects as people around the world begin to receive it. Hopefully there are none.
If there are any side effects, then Pfizer is probably liable for helping to research and manufacture the vaccine. That means they have every reason to ensure its safety — and you have every reason to trust that the side effects probably don’t merit any concern. But if you notice any, write them down, and then discuss them with a health care professional or medical malpractice lawyer.