Covid Vaccines

July 14, 2021.   Re: Covid Vaccines, researchers at the CDC tell us:

What We Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

What We’re Still Learning

  • How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
  • How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

Recent news stories about the rare yet possible side effects with certain vaccines can cause some understandable hesitancy.   This six minute video from Dr. Paul Offit of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia lends a healthy perspective to one possible effect (myocarditis) as compared to the life-saving potential of vaccines.

Reading the FDA fine print summary on any commonly-used medicine shows that these products also have side effects, some severe.  [For starters, check out this 18 page doc on acetaminophen ("Tylenol")].  While one may benefit from taking acetaminophen to manage one's pain, one individual who gets vaccinated not only reduces the risk of personally becoming very ill from Covid but also helps to reduce the risk of spread to family members and friends.

Emerging scientific evidence will likely lead to more policy updates and announcements.  In the meantime, it's helpful to know that our public health agencies will continue to keep us informed about Covid and other infectious diseases.

MA DPH: Trust the Facts - Get the Vax

CDC: When fully vaccinated

CDC: Pfizer Vax Info

CDC: Moderna Vax Info

CDC: Johnson & Johnson Vax Info