roadrunner wrote:I would urge those who intend to avoid the vaccine to reconsider. The current candidates are mRNA vaccines. They do not contain live or even whole virus, and thus cannot give you COVID-19. There were no (zero) deaths, or even serious side effects, in very robust (30,000 - 40,000 person) trials. Moreover, these vaccines are 95% effective in healthy people. It is possible that the vaccines will not work as well for some of us (especially those on current or recent chemotherapy or who have undergone pelvic radiation), but even in the elderly, one (and probably both) of the current approval candidates are 100% effective at protecting against severe disease and death, and very effective against infection. COVID itself, on the other hand, can be quite deadly for cancer patients and survivors. Mortality rates vary widely by age, comorbidities, type of malignancy, etc., but suffice it to say it’s not good. Anything that improves those odds is in my opinion very desirable. And again, these candidates killed 0/70,000. COVID has already killed 270,000 or so in the US alone. And compare for example, the death rate from standard chemo (which many of us volunteered for) alone, which is in the low single digits, percent-wise.
Two caveats: I would always check with my doctors before getting any vaccine and I must admit total ignorance about how immunotherapy interacts with these vaccines, so nothing I say relates to that.
Ok, end of rant. I’m just a huge vaccine fan — if anybody figures out how to get one sooner short of going into the health care field, let me know!
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