@Uncle Frank I'm sorry to hear about your friend, and I'm glad that you changed your mind and protected yourself and those around you.Since I hardly leave my house , I planned NOT to get vaccinated. Then my high school buddy my age and in better shape got the virus. They tried everything , including the blood transfusion bit , and he was dead in 2 weeks. I got my 2 shots soon after.
People are terrible at understanding risks and statistics, and are much more influenced by anecdotes. It would be interesting to measure the persuasive strength of anecdotes by proximity of the subject to the listener, and the kinds of preconceptions they hold, to better figure out how to convince people to do things that are right for themselves and society.There's one guy at work who has admitted to waiting to take the vaccine because someone he knew had a bad reaction of some sort. Yet all the people dead or dying from the actual sickness doesn't seem to have any weight?? As somebody else said, we're all going to get vaccinated one way or another. It's better to get vaccinated via a vaccine than the disease.
This is a possibility. As time drags on and people continue to delay or avoid vaccination, the more chance the virus has to mutate beyond the effectiveness of our current vaccines, requiring more vaccines to be developed in the future to fill the gaps. The current COVID vaccines seem to have some lasting efficacy, but there is talk of possible boosters, especially for the one-shot vaccines like Johnson & Johnson's.I won't be surprised if , like the flu shot , we start getting a covid shot each & every year from now on.
I did a quick search and found one case mentioned here. This is from back in March, so perhaps there's an update to this story to see if they were actually able to establish a causal relationship with the vaccine:Have there been any reports of deaths after getting vaccinated in Japan?
Thanks for the above information.I did a quick search and found one case mentioned here. This is from back in March, so perhaps there's an update to this story to see if they were actually able to establish a causal relationship with the vaccine:
I'd be interested to know if the rates of adverse reactions has also changed from this earlier point in their vaccination campaign, as their initial rates of severe infection were substantially higher than those measured in the US during the testing program
Apparently there's a long-standing system to compensate the family of victims who die from a vaccine:
Japan began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 17. While a little behind other developed countries, they seem to be trying to do it in as organized fashion as possible, staggering vaccinations to medical staff, the elderly, people with health conditions, and everyone else in that order...japantoday.com
It's also important to note that people dying after getting a vaccine is not the same thing as people dying because of the vaccine. The American self-reported VAERS system accepts all reports, and is very slow to investigate and confirm the accuracy of reports.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a favorite tool of skeptics aiming to spread immunization fears. As it turns out, VAERS has actually helped ensure the safety of FDA-approved shots.www.acsh.org
To be honest with you, I'd have to think twice and do a lot of research before I decide to take Sputnik or Sinovac. (Luckily it's not a choice I have to make.)It's just sad that those sceptical of vaccinations will never take the time to look at the facts in an unbiased and rational fashion.
I heard that food is full of chemicals and molecules, my family isn't a science experiment! /sarcasmI'll say one thing , the internet never stops talking about the virus and the nightly news is loaded with talk about it. I wonder if I will live long enough to ever see the end of it all and return to a more normal life. This Facebook post was an interesting way to look at it.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with being skeptical or cautious, and I understand the hesitancy around new technologies or solutions that feel rushed. At this point, we have a pretty big dataset to look at and analyze the relative risks, so I would hope that anyone with reservations about getting vaccinated are paying attention to the process and updating their opinions as our understanding develops. I haven't looked into these vaccines before (not being available in the US, they aren't really on my radar much) but is seems like they're likely to get general approval from the WHO; the only question is what degree of protection do they provide, and will they prove effective against the more virulent variants.To be honest with you, I'd have to think twice and do a lot of research before I decide to take Sputnik or Sinovac. (Luckily it's not a choice I have to make.)
There are many concerning issues facing our world; covid has changed many things, but it's not bringing the world crashing down. At least compared to climate change, this feels like an issue where your individual decisions have a more definite, direct impact, and can help the problem or make it worse. I would recommend not being too wrapped up in gloom and doom.The world is coming to an end, enough said...