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Covid-19 Vaccines are becoming as common as aspirin, but still, a lot of people don’t feel comfortable with them. And no these people aren’t exactly low-IQ, ignorant anti-vaxxers; these are concerned folks who want to make an educated decision. It’s important to not come at each other’s throats while the turmoil of Covid is still ravaging. For those who haven’t decided to get vaccinated, here are a couple of things that can help you make this decision. Below, we are going to look into what the vaccine is made of, what it will do once in your body, and what could possibly happen if you don’t’ get it. Hopefully, this information will help you make the decision. 

What exactly are the covid-19 vaccines? 

Before we talk about Covid-19 vaccines, let’s understand what a vaccine is. 

A vaccine is a substance, either synthetic or drawn from the causative agents of a certain disease, designed to induce immunity against the disease through the production of antibodies. 

Antibodies, also known as the Y-shaped protein, help our immune system neutralize the harmful effect on any foreign objects, including bacteria and viruses. Antibodies latch themselves onto foreign objects to remove them from the body and make the body happy and healthy. [Source]

But where do the antibodies come from? Can we make them naturally? 

Some antibodies are naturally present in the body. Others develop when a person comes in contact with a certain disease or environment. Antibodies from vaccines are developed when synthetic or other substances are introduced into the bloodstream. 

All vaccines work the same way: by introducing an antigen into the bloodstream to activate or produce specific antibodies for a particular disease. 

What’s inside the Covid-19 vaccine? 

Every vaccine has biologically active ingredients. Covid-19 vaccines have 3 main active ingredients: MRNA (Pfizer and Moderna), a viral vector (Johnson & Johnson and Oxford AstraZeneca), and inactivated virus (Sinovac Biotech). 

mRNA is a genetic material that helps the body produce proteins. 

A viral vector is a harmless virus that delivers important immunity information to our cells. 

Inactivated virus is a virus that has been inactivated in the lab to eradicate its ability to cause disease. 

The purpose of all three active ingredients is to help the body create antibodies to fight Coronavirus. 

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Okay, so now we know what a vaccine does and what’s inside the Covid-19 vaccines. But we know this is not enough to convince anybody. We have come across the following concerns from folks who hesitate to get the vaccine.  

1. I don’t trust Big pharma and believe that they are only in it to make their profit. 

2. I am not confident that the vaccines have gone through substantial clinical trials that would prove their safety. 

3. I don’t trust the government. 

4. I heard someone report terrible symptoms after they got their vaccine. 

5. I have a pre-existing condition. 

6. I previously had a bad experience with a vaccine and I am afraid to try any other vaccine. 

If you have any of the above concerns, know that you are not wrong. You have the right to investigate and research anything that concerns your well-being. Ignore the people who are trying to demonize you or call you ignorant for not following the protocol. 

We are going to address all of these concerns below. 

1. I don’t trust Big Pharma and believe that they are only in it to make their profit. 

While it is true that Big Pharma is geared towards making a profit. But who isn’t? When something like Covid happens, the goal of the Big Pharma companies is to come up with a solution as fast as they can, and then patent that solution so they are the only providers of it. That’s how they get to make a profit; by creating a monopoly. They can put their own price on that solution and refrain other pharmaceutical companies from creating the solution. So these Big Pharma companies may try to take advantage of the situation and reap as much profit as possible by getting more orders for the vaccine. This does not mean that the covid isn’t real or that the vaccine won’t be effective. In fact, to sell more, Big Pharma needs to create the most effective solution against the problem. Otherwise, some other company would and they would lose profits. 

In most countries, Covid-19 vaccines are free of charge and available for eligible people. So, nobody is asking you for money. The governments pay a fraction of what they are economies are making. But it’s not to say that pharma companies will not make any profit. According to Market watch, Pfizer collected a whopping $11.3 billion in revenue in the first half of 2021. But, again, just because pharmaceutical companies are making money, doesn’t mean that the vaccines aren’t effective or are created just for the sole purpose of making a profit. Think of it this way, if you were working in a company and you had an urgent order, would you work on it for free? Similarly, pharmaceutical companies rely on government grants and create monopolies to make a profit so they can stay in business. A lot of people argue that the Big Pharma companies who have created successful Covid vaccines should just share the recipe. Owning rights to your patented drug is not a crime. We should just be thankful that people are willing to do the work that goes into making a vaccine that could potentially save millions of people even if that comes at a cost. The truth is vaccines don’t make pharma companies a lot of profit as compared to drugs designed for chronic conditions that require periodic refills. Vaccines are usually yearly or semi-yearly. So big pharma probably isn’t even making this much money from covid-vaccines as they are with their other drugs. 

2. I am not confident that the vaccines have gone through substantial clinical trials that would prove their safety. 

This is a legitimate concern and you should be worried about the status of a vaccine before you take it. Currently, as of 27, January 2022, covid-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use include Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen. On August 23, 2021, FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine that is now marketed as Comirnaty. This vaccine is also available under Emergency Use. 

What is Emergency Use and is it safe? 

FDA approves all medicines and treatments before they are marketed to the general public. Pharmaceutical companies have to go through clinical trials after the medicine has been proven safe in animal trials, where it is usually tested on Rodents as per Stanford. The pharmaceutical companies must file an application with FDA to start human clinical trials that are conducted in three phases. After the human trials are complete, the pharmaceutical companies have to file two more applications: NDA (new drug application) or BLA (Biologic license application). So you see it’s a long process before a drug can be approved by the FDA for general public use. After the drug is approved it continues to improve through patient feedback which can be submitted to the FDA MedWatch program. Vaccine side effects can be reported to Vaccine adverse event reporting system. 

When drugs and vaccines are made available for emergency use, FDA is ensuring that the medicines are made available for life-threatening conditions that could not wait. But this does not mean that EUA drugs and vaccines are not safe. Before EUA, FDA looks into the pharmaceutical companies’ past practices and ensures that the drug meets minimal criteria for safety and effectiveness before authorizing it. Emergency use only means that the clinical trials haven’t been conducted. With most drugs and vaccines, waiting for the trials could mean a significant loss of life. So EUA vaccines are totally safe.  

3. I don’t trust the government. 

This too is a genuine concern. (We don’t trust governments too much either). But think about this, what would a government get out of a vaccine? Do they want to infect the entire population? Do they want to kill everybody? What benefits do the vaccines bring to the government? Governments are actually paying for the vaccine to protect their population because they need the population to run the economy. The government is the least of your concern when it comes to vaccines. If anything, they want you healthy so you keep working. Now there are some government officials who you may have noticed do not follow the same Covid protocols that they impose on others. Know that they don’t represent all the governments in the world. 

4. I heard someone report terrible symptoms after they got their vaccine. 

Vaccines, just like other drugs, have side effects. Covid-19 vaccines have side effects too, but so far (and it has been over a year since people start getting them), there haven’t been any worst-case scenarios. Look into your community and talk to people who have had their Covid-19 vaccine a year ago. Ask them how they are feeling? What side effects did they face? As far as side effects are concerned, there is a risk with everything. You need to measure whether the risk is worth it. In this case, the Covid-19 vaccine could save you from developing a worse kind of coronavirus that could potentially kill you. 

5. I have a pre-existing condition. 

If you have a pre-existing condition do not take any vaccine unless you talk to your health care provider. 

6. I previously had a bad experience with a vaccine and am afraid to try any other vaccine.

This too is a very legitimate concern. The best way to tackle it is to talk to your healthcare provider. Get a physical checkup on your current conditions and let your physician decide whether a vaccine is a right choice for you.  

We are by no means advocating for anyone to get vaccinated or otherwise. We want you to understand your concerns. Really, look into them, and decide whether your fear is keeping you from getting a much-needed vaccine that could potentially save you from a bad case of Coronavirus. 

Note: The article contains independent thought and opinion of the writer. Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. 


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