valerie wrote: Anyone here had it yet?
No, there are priorities here they are giving it to the older folks first, those above 70 and 80, for the younger ones it will have to wait. Our muppet of a PM said all Canadians will be vaccinated by September of this year, if lucky
So translated to proper English this means by end 2022 all Canadians will be vaccinated, so to speak of course.
I'm not in a rush to be honest, I am concerned about the vaccine, it's not just about not liking the feeling of being stabbed with a 12 foot needle in my upper arm, it's the fear of being injected something that was made in a few months where normally a vaccine is made in years and is tested for long term effects. This time around they skipped this step - so no telling what the long term adverse effects will be, only time will tell. Besides, I am following ALL rules, so no danger for me to spread any virus because I am very strict, as to catching it, again, it is a risk I will live with, but I am extremely careful and avoid ANY situation where I can be exposed to the virus, so I will wait. For now I think those who should take it are the high risk population (health workers, elderly) and the people who have a social life
people who cannot spend a bloody minute without being in a crowd, with people, or in situations where they can catch or transmit their snotty little virus. I know that mRNA has been studied for the last 20 years, but it has never been used in a vaccine before, so I am worried a little, it has nothing to with those stupid, silly, senseless conspiracy theories, I am just concerned about any effects, what if mRNA messes up your system. I studied biology and all, so I know how it works, but I am still concerned, you know even though there is a tiny % risk - given my luck, I would probably be the tiny %
also I am concerned of those adjuvents or whatever the hell they call them, other ingredients used alongside the vaccine, if they can cause cancer, neurological diseases or other - so yes in my studies I learned about cells and all DNA etc and that the mRNA does not modify your core DNA, but still, life can surprise you, what if something goes wrong.............
and no I don't believe we will turn into Zombies or Crocodiles or bearded women, but there have been people who have ended up with permanent health problems after vaccines, it's documented, albeit a small %, but again given my luck, I would be that small %. If only I can be lucky in winning money
but nope that's not how it works.
Also pharmaceuticals have a history of deceit and safety issues / recalls. For pharmas, the bottom line comes first, they don't give a shit about anybody's well being, all that matters is keeping their stock prices attractive for shareholders and their own pockets, even if it t urns out that there are issues in the long term, they will pay a few billions of $ in settlements, and they will still be trillions of $ in profits, so before someone stabs me in the arm with a few months old vaccine, I want to find out first if it's safe and if it actually works..... So far there doesn't seem to be any indicator that it works - cases have not significantly dropped, and now the new shitty variants coming up which will once again create a surge in cases. Might be best to wait for revised vaccines base don the new variants.
For those who are working in health care or caregivers or students or people who are social or engaged in activities exposing them to a risk, SHOULD get the vaccine - because their risk of not getting it far outweighs the risk of getting the vaccine. That said, even if you take the vaccine, you can STILL shed and spread the virus.......
I'm guessing that you took your vaccine Valerie, be careful, this doesn't mean that you can go back to normal, not only does a vaccine take a few weeks to be fully effective, mask wearing and sanitary measures will need to be continued for a long time, in order to prevent a surge and continued community spread. The vaccine can be a good thing and a bad thing because people might think that the vaccine is the holy grail and that we will return to normalcy......yeah fat chance, nobody should expect anywhere close to normal for at least until mid 2022.
There are several vaccines, it seems Pfizer and Moderna are the most effective with some of the variants.
AstraZenicks is only 62% effective for moderate cases. And the vaccine from China (Sinovac) is said to be similarly effective to the Astra one, that's not much, the FDA only requires a minimum of 50%. The one from China uses a viral vector method, whereas the Pfizer/Moderna uses mRNA - it's interesting that the one from China uses proven methods yet less effective, hopefully the mRNA proves to be safe long term, this will be a MAJOR advance - it means future vaccines can be easily developed for any future virus / pandemic China or other countries send our way