COVID Updates

To be or not to be Vaccinated

by Dr. Christopher Casscells, M.D.
Director of the Center for Health Policy
Caesar Rodney Institute
June 15, 2021
According to the U.S. Food and Administration's (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization Act (EUA), it is illegal to require someone to get vaccinated. All vaccines are designated as cleared for experimental use only and not required by any legal entity in the United States.
So, is it wise for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine? First, you should check to see if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you have been exposed, having already had COVID-19 is a contraindication to vaccination, as confirmed by a recent medical research by the Cleveland Clinic Health System. The study showed no additional benefit of vaccination in those individuals who have previously been infected with COVID-19. This is a cardinal principle of epidemiology and infectious disease.
The very idea of vaccinating people who have already had the illness violates a century of known rock solid medical knowledge. Furthermore, there is a substantial risk of an extremely adverse reaction to the vaccine if you already have immunity.
If you have already been exposed to COVID-19 and get the vaccine, you will likely be quite sick for several days.
On the other hand, you should seriously consider getting vaccinated if you have the known, well-documented risk factors:  age, high blood pressure, lung problems, and obesity. Again, however, you should consult with a trusted physician and weigh the risks before deciding.
As to the vaccines themselves, there are several different varieties.
The FDA issued an EUA for three vaccines. Two vaccines require you to get two shots, an initial vaccine, and a booster (Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine). One vaccine only requires one shot (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine).
These FDA-approved vaccines are a new variety of vaccines that work through a new mechanism to alter a form of your genetic code called messenger RNA to turn your cells into little factories that produce antibodies against the COVID-19 virus spike protein.
The chief complaint against these new vaccines is that it is unclear whether there is any mechanism to turn off those little factories. The inability to turn off a microcellular process offers many risks and therefore doubt in a scientific community. In addition, the long-term effects of messenger RNA-altering vaccines are untested and unknown.
In conclusion, some people may get offended or argumentative about those that choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Still, there are reasons for them weighing their own risk versus the benefits of being vaccinated.