A recent article in the excellent medical website, “Medical News Today” examined many of the myths around the COVID-19 vaccine and I thought I would summarise this article as I believe the topic is so important.
The anti-VAXXERS had a field day when two elderly people in Queensland were given four times the dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the initial week of the Australian vaccination program. But, this unfortunate mistake has actually backfired in the face of the anti-VAXXERS because despite these people administered such a big dose of the vaccine and being in the very elderly group, neither had a bad reaction and almost certainly now have good immunity to COVID-19. In my view, even more evidence supporting the safety of vaccines.
Let’s examine some of the clear myths about vaccination detailed in the Medical News Today report.
Finally, what I thought was the most bizarre was that the vaccine contains a microchip put there by the “evil Bill Gates”. If you believe these sort of wacko conspiracy theories regarding the man who has gifted much of his fortune to improving the health of people in the third world, you seriously need to look at your intellect and the source of your information. The sort of technology suggested could not possibly fit through a needle in the first place, if indeed this technology was available.
The reality is that vaccination was the greatest health innovation of last century and continues to be our major hope for life returning to normal once the COVID-19 pandemic has been controlled. Already we are seeing the rates of COVID-19 dropping in countries where the vaccination programs have been heavily rolled out. In Israel, where the vast majority of the adult population is now vaccinated, the case rates are dropping like flies.
There will always be people who are anti-VAXXERS and even more people who are “vaccine hesitant”. In many cases people are just scared of having needles. What all of you need to understand is that you will be having many more needles and need much more medical attention if you get the severe version of COVID-19. So, having a small scratch on your arm to prevent a virus that has brought the world to its knees is a small price to pay so we can all get our lives back to normal.
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