Updated: 6 days ago
OUR COVID-19 VACCINE OPINION
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Steve and Bonnie: The sad truth is that we may not have needed vaccines if we all had optimal vitamin D levels and were practicing optimal self-care. It is a complete and utter failure of our government and public health experts not to address this on a nationwide scale. Moreover, the failure is compounded when there has been no discussion about improving our health and wellbeing during the pandemic. It is human nature to want to spend billions on a miracle cure, instead of millions on cheaper measures such as vitamin D testing, dietary improvement, and supplementation.
But we digress. The following concerns only the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines, which have received full authorization (Pfizer) and emergency authorization. No other COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the United States. Note: at the end of this article, we provide our general opinion based upon the information on vaccines that haven't been approved.
PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES UPDATED 9/20: Are these vaccines effective? At reducing the risk of infection, yes, but for only about 6 to 8 months and then effectiveness wanes. However, data show robust, long-term protection against severe illness and death, which is why they fully approved in the United States. In the rare case that a fully vaccinated person gets severe illness or dies, there is almost always one or more comorbidities involved.
A positive finding in Biorxiv for the first time confirmed long-term T cell immune response in mRNA fully vaccinated individuals. T cell response is utilized to prevent severe infection after initial antibody response fails.
One recent study from Biorxiv finds the Mu variant being the most resistant to vaccines to date. At this time, however, it is not the prevailing variant around the world, so there is no data regarding its ability to cause severe illness requiring hospitalization and death in fully vaccinated individuals.
UPDATED 9/20: How many doses do you need?